Small Ensemble

A Cup of Sin is a composition written for chamber ensemble and soprano based on the poetry of Nobel Prize-nominated Iranian poet Simin Behbahani. It is commissioned by Tim Brady for Instruments of Happiness - The IRAN Project and will be world premiered in Spring 2018.

The creation of this composition was made possible by a generous grant form the Ontario Arts Council Project Grant.

Performances: Toronto (Mar. 22nd), Montréal (Mar. 27), Québec City (Mar. 29)

March 22nd co-presented by New Music Concerts at 7:15 at Music Gallery.

Stay tuned for more information about other performances!

How I Love You is a mini musical play for children composed for soprano, flute, cello, percussion. It is commissioned by Sharing Notes-Ear Taxi Festival 2016. It will be world premierd at La Rabida Children’s Hospital on October 6, 2016.

http://www.eartaxifestival.com/sharing-notes

http://www.sharing-notes.org/

And the Lands Were Dreaming was commissioned by Anoush Tabai for tenor, b flat clarinet and piano to be performed at her 4th-year recital degree in Spring 2016. The poems are by M.R. Zaman and Sohrab Sepehri.

Audio information: Anoush Tabai (clarinet), Asal Iranmehr (piano) and Shayan Shaffie (tenor)

Thousand Candles is a choral composition written for SATB. The piece is in three movements and the text is from three different religious belief.

"..... Let your heart burn with loving-kindness for all who cross your path."  ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Paris Talks
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”  The Teachigns of Buddha
"Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind." The Holy Bible

Audio file: The 2016 Australian Baha'i Choral Festival. Conducted and directed by Lorraine Manifold.

The Unity's Light is a choral composition written for SATB. The text is selected from Bahá'u'lláh's (the founder of Bahai faith) Writings.

"You are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch."

"So powerful is unity’s light that it can illumine the whole earth."

"The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."

Shur Angiz is an upbeat energetic composition for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello.

Shur Angiz will be read/recorded by ECM+ ensemble as part of their 20th anniversary of Generation Project on November 15th, 2014 in Walter Hall at 7:00 pm.

Sarmast [overjoyed] is composed for 4 percussion players including pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments.

Pishdaramad-e Esfahan (Prelude to Esfahan) is an arrangement of a Persian traditional piece, Pishdaramad-e Esfahan, composed by Morteza Neydavood. The arrangement is for a chamber ensemble including: flute, B flat clarinet, violin, piano, cello, percussion and Kamancheh (Persian traditional instrument).

Postlude to Bamdad is inspired by Khoshe Chin in Avaze Esfahan composed by Rohollah Khaleghi and poem by Karim Fakor.

I originally wrote it for Bb clarinet, violin and and vibraphone and later arranged it for violin and cello as well.

Bamdad (Dawn) is written for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello. 

Bamdad is a musical portrait of my view about the relationship between Iran and Israel. While the beauty of each culture is introduced by developing melodies inspired by Persian and Jewish traditional folk tunes, the rise and fall of the relation between the two nations is recited by the chaotic characteristic of other sections. Eventually, as the piece unfolds, the two melodies find their way to live in harmony and peace.

The excerpt is conducted by Shalom Bard and performed by: Izabella Budai, Flute; Mara Plotkin, Clarinet; Rebecca MacLeod, Violin; Steve Sang Koh, Violin; Maxime Despax, Viola; Sebastian Ostertag, Cello; Pei-Chen Chen, Piano; Michelle Colton, Percussion

Hamzabani is written for flute, vibraphone, piano, violin and cello based on one of Rumi's poems.

Zarb Ahang

Zarb Ahang is written for four percussionists.  It explores different timbres and colors that small ensemble of un-pitched percussion instruments can produce. Zarb Ahang means rhythm In Persian language.

Excerpt: Alex Atchley, Nathan Bushley, Alex adduci and Boyan Tantchev

Universal Brotherhood is written for SATB choir in three movements (For Love of Me, Reunion With Me, and Unity's Light). This a cappella choir work is written inspired by my visits to Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL. When I visited the temple, I was deeply moved by the beauty of the architecture and the serene atmosphere of the space. As I sat with my eyes closed, I imagined myself sitting in the crowd and the words of Baha’u’llah were pouring over my head.  There are eighteen quotations of Baha'u'llah's writings integrated into the entrances and alcoves of the Baha'i House of Worship. After my visit, I chose nine of these quotations and set them to music in three movements.

World premier

Universal Brotherhood has recently been selected by MacMillan Singers to be performed at their Contemporary Showcase Concert.

When: February 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Where: Grace Church on the Hill,Toronto, ON

D Confuguem is a Mini Double Fugue Collage written for Brass quintet.

Miniatures- Fugue

Miniatures is written for solo santoor (a Persian chordophone instrument) and small ensemble in honor of Hossein Dehlavi. This piece was inspired by Dehlavi's Concerto for Santoor and Small Ensemble.

I have also created a version of this piece for solo harp and small ensemble.

Excerpt: Performed by Chicago College of Performing Arts Musicians

Persian Taste (Chashni-e Irani) is written for a Persian ensemble including santoor, tar, barbat, kamancheh tombak, and daf.

Praised be God

Praised Be God is written for soprano, tenor, flute and harp.

Text: Bahai Writtings

Excerpt: Chicago College of Performing Arts musicians.

 

Nourooz movement I, Bahar

Nourooz is written in two movements (Bahar and Tahvil-e Sal) for oboe, clarinet and four percussionists. I wrote this piece inspired by the tradition of Persian New Year. Nourooz is celebrated every year on 21st of March.

Excerpts by: Chicago College of Performing Arts musicians.

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