Compositions

Thousand Candles (2015) 3'00"

Thousand Candles is a choral composition written for SATB. The piece is in three movements and the text is from three different religious belief.

"..... 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

Audio file: The 2016 Australian Baha'i Choral Festival. Conducted and directed by Lorraine Manifold.

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."

Fly Toward a Secret Sky (2014) 5'30"

Fly Toward a Secret Sky is a one-movement composition written for flute and fixed medium.

The fixed medium is created entirly by processing sounds of pre-recorded flute, Santur (Persian dulcimar) and daf (Persian frame drum). Special thanks goes to talented musician and composers Amanda Lowry (flute), Barbod Bayat (Santur) and Ashkan Fahandej (daf) for providing me the recording materials of this composition.

Excerpt by: Tristan Durie

World Premier:

Fly Toward a Secret Sky, will receive its world premier by the wonderful flutist, Tristan Durie, in March 15th 2014 at Eelectroacoustic Music Concert in Walter Hall, Toronto, ON.

Dance in Your Blood (2014) 10'00"

Dance in your Blood is a song cylce based on three poems of the 13th Century Perisan poet, Rumi, translated into English composed for soprano and piano.

Recently:

Dance in Your Blood won the Top Prize place at 2014 Violet Archer Composition Prize and will be publisehd in the Plangere Canadian Composers Series.

Shur Angiz (2014) 3'20"

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

Shur Angiz 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.

Postlude to Bamdad (2014) 4'00"

Postlude to Bamdad is inspired by Khoshe Chin in Avaze Esfahan composed by Rohollah Khaleghi and poem by Karim Fakor.

I originally wrote it for Bb clarinet, violin and and vibraphone and later arranged it for violin and cello as well.

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).

Beyond Borders (2014) 6'00"

Beyond Borders is a solo violin composition in which, I portrait sides of my personality that had never been appeared in my works before.

Those Still Dancing (2014) 10'00"

Those Still Dancing is a one-movement orchestral piece scored for (2222 221, piccolo, 3 percussion, piano, harp, and strings (minimum 65442).

It is inspired by a traditional Persian folk dance, Čūb-Bāzī (dance with sticks). Today, the tradition of Čūb-Bāzī is exclusive to men.  However, up until half a century ago, before the Islamic revolution, women used to participate in Čūb-Bāzī as well.  There are only a few women still living who know how to perform Čūb-Bāzī in Iran and they are over eighty years old. Those Still Dancing is homage to these elderly women who have preserved their dance form in this conflicting and dangerous environment.