Small Ensemble

Thousands of Candles (2015) 3'00"

Thousands of Candles was commissioned by the Perfect Chord choir for the 2016 Australian Baha'i Choral Festival directed by Lorraine Manifold. The Festival was held in Sydney Baha’i House of Worship. The temple is open to people of all beliefs. Therefore, I decided to compose a choral piece using multi-faith texts to stand as a symbol of unity. 

"..... 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT4KR9RaZrU&t=9s

The Unity's light (2015) 2'21"

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 (2014) 3'20"

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

ShurAngiz 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 (2014) 4'00"

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

Pishdaramd-e Esfahan (2014) 4'00"

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).

Bamdad [Dawn] (2013) 11'00"

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 (2013) 1'40"

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

Zarb Ahang (2012) 4'30"

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 (2011) 5'40''

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