Tehran International Electronic Music Festival is slated for September 1-8.

Electronic music employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments and circuitry-based music technology. The festival opens at Da Theater Hall and will conclude in Tehran University.

Organized under the auspices of the university’s Music Department and Yarava music group, this will be the second edition of the festival. The first was held in early March at Charsou Cineplex in downtown Tehran.

Yarava group is an experimental, contemporary orchestra active since 2004. Its founders are pianist, tar, setar, daf, tonbak and tanbur player and conductor Mehdi Jalali; tar and setar player Ebrahim Allahyari; and setar player Hamed Zand-Karimkhani.

The second edition of the festival incorporates the 3rd Korourian Electro-Acoustic Music Composition Competition Award that has hitherto been held separately. Korourian competition seeks to identify, appreciate and introduce new and significant pieces of electro-acoustic music. It is an annual event held in memory of Iranian composer, flutist, guitarist, pianist and music theoretician Reza Korourian (1971-2015) who made prized contributions to electronic music.

Electronic concerts, seminars and lectures, video arts, composition workshops and performance arts are among the programs of Tehran International Electronic Music Festival.

Over 50 compositions by 50 electronic composers from Iran, Germany, Italy, Uruguay, Japan, Estonia, Russia and the Philippines will perform at the festival.

 Big Names

Notable musicians will attend. One is Joachim Heintz, head of the electronic studio Incontri at Hanover University of Music Drama and Media in Hanover, Germany. He teaches audio-programming at the University of Arts Bremen and is a member of Theater der Versammlung, a Bremen-based theater ensemble under the artistic direction of German theater director Jorg Holkenbrink. Heintz composes for instruments and electronics, concerts, sound installations, performances and theater.

Another noteworthy attendant is Dimitri Papageorgiou, assistant professor of composition at the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His works have been aired several times by the ÖRF (Austria), the Greek National Radio and several US radio stations. He has appeared in festivals and conferences in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Turkey and the US.

Papageorgiou has collaborated with several institutions and ensembles, such as the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics of the University of Music and Drama at Graz, Austrian National Radio and Literature Forum Graz, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Ensemble Interface (Germany), Zeitfluss Ensemble (Austria), Ensemble Etcetera (USA), etc.

German cellist Ulrike Brand will also participate. Since 1985 she has attended as a soloist in major festivals of contemporary music in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Greece, Slovakia, Mexico, Russia and Uruguay. Her focus is multimedia ranging from conceptual sound performances to improvisation and performance.

Tehran International Electronic Music Festival is open to the public. Da Theater Hall is located southeast of Salmas Square in Yousefabad neighborhood.

Source: Financial Tribune