The winner of Alter Ego Chamber Opera’s Call for Scores/Proposals. My new opera “Nasrin-Censored” will be premiered in Philadelphia in Fall 2022.
Ramin Akhavijou, Composer
Brandy N. Carie, librettist
Alter Ego Chamber Opera
Release date: 2.22.22
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 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
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.
Temple University’s Rock Hall
Nov.10th 2021, at 5:30pm
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
Devon Osamu Tipp will give the composition “probable no.42” a new interpretation by his instrument shakuhachi.
Nicole M. Mitchell
Devon Osamu Tipp
Bellefield Hall Pittsburgh, USA
Oct. 23rd, 2021
a miniature opera: censorship (no.1) is recorded by the JACK Quartet in the New Music On the Point (NMOP) music festival in June 2021.
New Music On the Point- USA
Aurélienne Brauner gives a new interpretation to the probable no.41 in France. The piece will be recorded and published in 2021.
probable no.41 is based on the text by Gertrude Stein
In Ostrava, Czech Republic, brilliant violinist David Danel brings a new interpretation to the piece “probable.”
Johann Sebastian Bach
PLATO Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic
4 AM, June 12th, 2021
a miniature opera: censorship (no.1) is recorded by the JACK Quartet in the Oktaven audiO New York in April 2021.
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.