OUR ALBUM “RECURRENCE” IS FINALLY OUT!
5 new compositions by some of Canada’s top composers paired with some of this country’s most high-profile performers promises to be an exceptional listening experience.
I am so honoured to have my piece “Eroded” on this album and also act as the pianist in the record as well.
Link to the entire album: https://leaf-music.lnk.to/LM256
Special thanks to Leaf Music for producing this album as well our funders Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR)
Bijan and I are going on tour this November!
5 new commissions and other music by living Canadian composers!
Would love to see you at any of these performances in Toronto, London or Kitchener-Waterloo!
And here we are with the recording of my new piece (collaboratively composed with ICOT) "Oasis" in 3 movements for String Quartet. This piece was commissioned in by the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022, and recorded by Odin Quartet. Each ICOT composer composed a short movement based on the imagery of an oasis, and this 9 minute piece was created collaboratively. We also had the pleasure of working with Toronto based visual artist, Naghmeh Ghasemzadeh in creating this beautiful video.
Here is a little excerpt from our collaborative composition, "Streams of the Unconscious" for Electric Guitar and Percussion Quartet commissioned by Soundstreams for ICOT. Also what a privilege to have access to some of the best performers in the city. Power to Yang Chen, Andrew Noseworthy, Richard Burrows, Jamie Drake, and Tim Francom!
Very happy to learn that the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has programmed my string orchestra piece "Suspended Doorways" as part of their 2023-2024 season on May 1st 2024 under the baton of maestra Gemma New.
“Suspended Doorways” was commissioned by the Whispering River Orchestra in 2020 as part of Riversongs commission awards. The piece is based on a painting titled “It is what it is. Imperfections are doorways.” by Northern Ontario First Nation artist Michael Cywink.
The Canadian Performance of my opera "Before the Last Meter" for the Watershed Festival.
Very eagerly excited for the recording and release of "Recurrence" with ICOT Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with Leaf Music. I am so happy to be involved in the lineup of superstars in this album as both a composer and pianist!
My new and ambitious piece "Eroded" for String quintet, two percussions, Flute, Clarinet and Piano will be recorded and released as a part of this album alongside with by Nicole Lizée, Jordan Nobles, Maziar Heidari and Dr. Keyan Emami.
We will be heading into the recording studio next week to capture all these beautiful and challenging works, and release them worldwide on October 13th!
New Orford String Quartet (Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan, Sharon Wei, Brian Manker)
Leslie Allt (Flute)
Peter Stoll (Clarinet)
Ryan Scott (Percussion)
Beverley Johnston (Percussion)
Scott Peterson (Bass)
Saman Shahi (Piano)
Maziar Heidari (conductor)
Also special thanks to Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, Ontario Arts Council, and FACTOR for their generous support in realizing this project!
Cover Art: David Griffin
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Feeling absolutely elated after a memorable performance of my latest piece, “Streams of the Unconscious” (co-composed by ICOT) for percussion quartet and electric guitar.
It was one of those performances that restores your faith in what you do, and give you a deep sense of artistic and personal gratification.
Our world-class musicians made this piece a reality, and I cannot thank them enough:
Andrew Noseworthy, Jamie Drake, Richard Burrows, Yang Chen and Tim Francom. Also a huge thank you to Soundstreams for commissioning and presenting this piece as part of their season.
Check out this great video
A great time conducting the Array Ensemble in Toronto this week performing the music of Canadian composers Claude Vivier, Linda Caitlin Smith and Henry Kucharzyk with some superb colleagues.
ICOT was thrilled to be performing as part of Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Open House at Roy Thompson Hall this September.
I had a great time performing some solo piano music, as well as 4-hand piano with my good friend, Maziar Heidari.
It was such a thrill to conduct this amazing production produced and performed by soprano Golrokh Aminian.
This unique program offered some of the most well-known operatic Arias with exquisite new Farsi translations done by Golrokh herself. I was truly happy to be the arranger and music director on this lovely production.
I’m excited to be in Atlanta this June writing a new chamber opera with The Atlanta Opera as part of the 96 Hour Opera project. I’m very excited to be collaborating with the NYC based librettist, Isabella Dawis on this opera!
More info: https://lnkd.in/etDrmcvn
Still in absolute disbelief to learn that my song cycle "Breathing in the Shadows" was nominated for The JUNO Awards 2022, "Classical Composition of the Year" category. This is a huge honour for me, and I am absolutely humbled to be nominated amongst some of Canada's finest artists. Many thanks to the Juno Awards, CARAS and Academy delegates and judges. "Breathing in the Shadows" was commissioned by the incredible Maureen Batt in 2019 through the generous support of Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and was later recorded and released by Leaf Music with the beautiful piano playing of Tara Scott. Many thanks to the album's producer, Jeremy VanSlyke, Recording Engineer Pouya Hamidi and all the other amazing artists involved in this album. I am hugely indebted to all of them.
Absolutely thrilled to have been selected as one of Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 “Explore the Score” composers. Today the TSO rehearsed, performed and recorded my piece “Suspended Doorways”. It was an absolute honour to have some of Canada’s top musician play and record my music.
This piece was originally commissioned by Whispering River Music orchestra and premiered in September of 2020 in Perry Sound.
This work will receive its next Toronto performance in May by Sinfonia Toronto!
Thrilled to announce the release of my second composition album, "Microlocking" by People|Places|Records.
"Microlocking" is now available for streaming and purchase on all major streaming platforms and online retailers. Click here for a quick listen: https://hypeddit.com/3rq4ix
This EP features a series of my chamber music that deal with minimalism and microtonality.