New Album Release; “THE”


Release date: 2.22.22

Composer’s note:

The multiple components of this complex of pieces are impacted by living in a multicultural environment that is surrounded and complicated by diversity. This environment has generated a compositional identity that serves to both render itself and to reconsider its place within a context of diversity that includes preceding influences. The regeneration and rethinking of various concepts demands improvisation, which Kamancheh accomplishes on this album by anchoring dialogic free-play inside the fluid flow of creative expression, much as the growing roots swarm the creator’s face in the image. Convergence of identity also prompts deviating from the traditional orchestra’s acoustic positionality, which is accomplished through the use of virtual sample instruments (except for Kamancheh, all sounds on this album are VST samples), while maintaining a practice of listening to the resultant sound on an individual basis without taking into account the sound source’s context—social, political, cultural, etc.—even though the pieces were purposefully constructed to represent societal concerns. Although various binaries such as east/west, live/virtual, singular/plural may be seen in this anthology, there is no effort to infer any specific subjectivities, and the composer considers all of them as subsets of a wider complex.

more info about this album

probable no.41- Aurélienne Brauner (Cello)- France

probable no.41 by Ramin Akhavijou

Tesselat will be hosting an online concert featuring cellist Aurélienne Brauner, premiering works by Daphné Hejebri, Sam Wu, Chatori Shimizu, Jean-Louis Agobet, Victor Baez (Tesselat Call for Scores Winner), Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Tomasz Skweres, Yukari Misawa, Jean-Patrick Besingrand, and Ramin Akhavijou!

November 21st, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST

Online concert

Argus Quartet- a miniature opera: censorship (no.1)

The Argus Quartet will perform my piece “a miniature opera: censorship” at Temple University. As a guest composer, I will also give a lecture to composition students about my censorship-related pieces.
Ramin Akhavijou
Hannah Selin
Sepehr Pirasteh
Juri Seo
Temple University’s Rock Hall
Nov.10th 2021, at 5:30pm

Kamraton- Be New Too

Kamraton ensemble will play the composition “Be New Too”

Be New Too is based on the poem by Gertrude Stein

Ramin Akhavijou: Be New Too
Elizabeth Brown: Wild Apples
Ryan McMasters: Like Glue, His Dead Body Holds Me
Emily Cook: til the gossamer thread

The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, Pittsburgh USA
Sunday, Oct. 24th, 2021
7 PM

JACK Quartet- a miniature opera: censorship (no.1)

a miniature opera: censorship (no.1) is recorded by the JACK Quartet in the Oktaven audiO New York in April 2021.

program note:
The “censorship” is a miniature opera that projects the form of censorship by gradually filtering sounds into noises. This composition is like fireworks. There are noises and floating materials in it. All materials happen extremely rapidly in the piece, much like fireworks. Although we can’t see its details clearly, we can perceive its overall form. Censorship might also be viewed as a firework. It is difficult to oppose it because its form is constantly changing and appears soft, innocent, and more beautiful while also becoming crueler. We censor at times and are censored at others. It has devolved into a commodity. Then it may need the use of a barcode.