Behind my compositions lie many inspirations. However, the most prominent of them all are humanity, poetry and personal experiences. The transformational ability of music is the main reason why I pursue composition. I believe that music not only elevates the listeners’ perception through an auditory experience, but also improves the quality of life in the service of humanity and enhances our sensitivity toward spiritual awareness. Accomplishing this through sound and words is my ultimate goal as a creative artist.
As an Iranian-American musician rooted in the traditions of European classical music, I have been able to incorporate different musical, linguistic and cultural elements in my compositions. Combining the musical traditions of western harmony with other musical systems such as the Iranian Dastgah, allows me to create a unique palate of color and sound in my work. For instance, inspired by Iranian fork songs, The Gray Project, (2006) is a collection of eight pieces for piano arranged in various styles such as jazz, blues, and ragtime. Furthermore, by utilizing original and translated poems in Farsi and English, I am able to use the voice as a new dimension in composition through speech and singing.
I believe that composers are among the most fortunate people on earth. Graced with the ability to spark the human imagination with endless possibilities, they are on track to make changes for the benefits of humanity through music. Selfless, gracious, and with unbound devotion to their art and fellow beings.
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