Flocks

Flocks develops two key aspects of Iranian music within the context of a Western music ensemble made up of flute (piccolo), clarinet, horn, trombone, string quintet and two percussionists. Key features of […]

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Manic

Manic is a two-movement string quartet performed by the award-winning Carpe Diem String Quartet. It juxtaposes moments of extreme tension and aggression with sudden instances of calm and stillness. The second […]

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Set Your Life On Fire

My piece for Orchestra – Set Your Life On Fire – was performed by the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh on 2nd March 2016. Set Your Life […]

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Protect Me From What I Want

Protect Me From What I Want, for bass clarinet, cello and tape, was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta in 2015 as part of their Spectrum of Sound series exploring the […]

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Stay Close

Contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran

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Zang-e Rangi

I was commissioned by Reading Borough Council to produce a new work for organ and string ensemble to mark the 150th anniversary of the Father Willis organ. Zang-e Rangi, was […]

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Truisms (enjoy yourself because you...

This piece takes its title from a series of one-line aphorisms, created by American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, and posted around Manhattan between 1977 and 1979 in the form of […]

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Dawn: they too circled warily

This interactive dance/sound work harnesses the sensors in wii remotes so that the sound environment is entirely produced and transformed by the gestural movements of the dancers. The piece uses […]

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Only Sound Remains

Only Sound Remains is a five movement piece drawing on Iranian and Western music styles and written as part of Stay Close, a 10-month project exploring contemporary music as a […]

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Tecton

Tecton was written for the Rhapsody music project 2013/14 producing an album of music to be enjoyed by the patients of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Each piece of music accompanies […]

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Teacher’s Song

A play by Edward Thomasson with music by Soosan Lolavar and performed in London July 2013, Between You And Me looks at how stories are told, modified and retold in order to process the […]

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Nonclassical: An Ethnography

Click here for copy of Nonclassical: An Ethnography of a London New Music Community While studying for an MSt in Musicology at University of Oxford I carried out my dissertation research […]

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Dastgah

 Iranian Classical Music, Orientalism and Techniques of Contemporary Composition   1. Introduction  Musicians and artists located in contemporary Western societies have a long history of creative cosmopolitanism: from Henri Matisse’s […]

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Art and Music of the Middle East

This article considers the emerging genre of ‘underground rock’ music in Iran; so-called because its proponents rehearse and perform in underground or other soundproof spaces to avoid detection by the […]

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Things Come Together

Music: Soosan Lolavar Film: Michaël Boucherie and Soosan Lolavar This piece draws its title from ‘Things Fall Apart’ (1958), the seminal work by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, who died while […]

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Ethnography as Remix

This article considers some of the methodological considerations relevant to the use of ethnography in my study of Nonclassical. Here I draw links between ethnography and the remix: considering some […]

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Taste

‘Taste’ challenges the construction of discourses of food and religion that subjugate women. By employing a technique called recursion, four female performers play with a text that considers the history […]

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Black Dog

Black Dog was written for award-winning pianist Ben Socrates and won first prize in the 2012 John Halford competition for piano and composition judged by renowned virtuoso pianist Ian Pace. The piece is based […]

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Aqua Triumphalis

Aqua Triumphalis is the music for the Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The exhibit ran from 27 April to 9 September 2012 and coincided […]

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Hijack the City

Hijack the City is a spoken word sound installation based on the work of London artist and poet Robert Montgomery. Described as somewhere between Jenny Holzer and T. S. Eliot, Montgomery […]

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One Life Campaign

The One Life Campaign represents a new approach to charity appeals. The website explains that “one of the issues with charity appeals is their hard hitting nature. Shock tactics may at times […]

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Imagining Anorexia

Click here for a copy of Imagining Anorexia This article focuses on ‘pro-ana’ websites, i.e., on-line communities which promote anorexia as a desirable lifestyle. Analysing both the language and visual […]

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Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden was an art gallery installed in a tree in Jesus College, Cambridge for 9 hours on a Summer evening in June 2010. This piece was played on a […]

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re:forming space

re: forming space was part of the ‘LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2010’. The festival ran over three days and aimed to explore the boundaries between the arts and […]

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God Is Our Hope

God Is Our Hope was performed at the Old Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich in 2005 as part of a concert celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Tallis. Written […]

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