KAREN KEYHANI - CURRICULUM VITAE


Date of Birth

23 June 1979, in Tehran (Iran)

Nationality

Iranian

 Contact

Apt.11, No.5, Mirvali Alley., Moghaddasi St., Niavaran(Bahonar) st., Tehran, Iran

(+98)21-22709810

(+98)912-2957922

Karen.keyhani@gmail.com




FORMAL EDUCATION

University of Arts, Tehran

M.A. in Composition 2006 - 2009

Thesis: "Requiem for Symphonic Orchestra"

Distinctions: Best Composition Thesis of the (The ministry of Science, Research & Technology, Tehran, Iran); Distinguished Alumnus for the Year 2009 (University of Arts, Tehran)

 

Arts & Architecture Azad University, Tehran

B.A. in Traditional Music of Iran 2001 - 2005

Thesis: "Rondo for Symphonic Orchestra"

Distinctions: Distinguished Alumnus for the Year 2005 (Arts & Architecture Azad University, Tehran)

GRANTS - AWARDS

- Winer of Black House Collective composers competition(Kansas, U.S.A), April 2014

- Project development Grant, Service cantonal de la culture(Republique et canton de Geneve), September 2013 – January 2014

- Artist in Residence Grant, Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva, September 2013 – January 2014

- Best Composition Thesis Award, University of Arts, Tehran, October 2010

- Special mentioned composer, Risuonanze Festival, Italy, April 2013


SELECTED TEACHING AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

- University of Arts, Tehran - Department of Composition

 Composition based on Persian traditional music elements, First semester of 2014-2015 Academic Year

- 14th GMTH Congress, HEM(Geneva University of Music), Geneva

Keynote Speaker; "Three Approaches on Persian Classical Music Theory", October 2014

- University of Arts, Tehran - Department of Composition

 Orchestration in Contemporary Music, Winter 2014 -

- HEM(Geneva University of Music), Geneva - Department of Ethnomusicology

Lecturer - "Dastgah System in Persian Traditional Music", Autumn 2013

- HEM(Geneva University of Music), Geneva - Department of Ethnomusicology

Lecturer - "Persian Regional Music", Autumn 2013

- Tehran Music School for Girls, Tehran

Music History, 2012 - Present

- University of Arts, Tehran - Department of Composition

Analysis and Composition, 2011 - Present

- ISI University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (During YCMF 2010)

Lecturer - "Modal Structure in Persian Traditional Music", 2010

- University of Applied Science and Technology, Tehran (Department of Music)

Analysis, Music History - Member of Jury in Entrance Exams (2010 - 2011), 2008 - 2012

- Ghasedak Music Institute, Tehran

Founder and Santur Instructor, 2006 - Present


COMPOSITION

(SELECTED COMPOSITIONS)

Rondo, for orchestra - Requiem, for orchestra - Kist?, for traditional vocalist and orchestra - Concerto Santur, for santur and string orchestra -I’m The Spring and You’re The Earth, for  piano, flute, oboe, cello, horn, piano - It’s Raining,  for 10 to 14 Performers - Ten Variations, forstring quartet - . . . and His Cuff was damp with Tears . . .,for string quartet - To Her Beautiful Eyes, for string quartet - The Night Raven, for bassoon, horn and marimba - Hejrani, for flute and piano - Homayoun, for Persian string quartet (kamancheh I&II, alto gheichak, bass gheichak) - Insomnia, for flute, oboe, cello - Alone, for flute trio - Persian Dance, for trombone, horn, cello, tombak - Good Morning, for clarinet, cello -  The Last Color, for flute, piano, Ghavaal, for piano, cello - Only That Spark and Nothing More, for solo oboe - Baang, for solo bassoon - Snow man, for solo flute - Sonata No.2, for piano - Nightly Monologue II, for solo harp - Nightly Monologue III, for solo trombone - Through the Rainy Road, for piano - Paeiz, for solo santur - True Morning, for santur, setar, oud, kamancheh, quichak, damam, traditional vocalist, narrator, piano, cello and electronics.

PERFORMANCES (SELECTED LISTING)

Hejrani , for piano and flute, Ensemble MATKA, Foundation L'ABRI, Geneva, February 2015

Hejrani , for piano and flute, Elodie Virot: flute, Layla Ramezan: piano, Kresge Hall , Pittsburg , U.S.A, February 2015

Thorough The Rainy Road , for Solo piano, Layla Ramezan, Roudaki Hall, Tehran, Iran, December 2104

- Thorough The Rainy Road , for Solo piano, Layla Ramezan, Roudaki Hall, Tehran, Iran, December 2104

In the Midst of Bubble, performance in collaboration with Bahareh Raeesi (Painter), Etemad Gallery, Tehran, October 2014

Nightly Monologue II  for solo harp, Marta Marinelli, Risuonanze festival, Udine, Italy, June 2014

The Night Raven, for horn, bassoon and marimba, Maroon Trio, Black House Collective,Kansas, May 2014

As Far As Possible, for Santur and ensemble, Matka ensemble, Elena Schwarz coductor, Usine Kugler,Geneva, November 2103

Only That Spark and Nothing More, for oboe, Catherine Pluygers, London New Win Festival, London, September 2013

The Last Color, for flute and piano, Retrospective concert , Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, May 2013

Requiem, Transcription for piano for hands, Hooshyar Khayam & Karen Salajegheh, Vahdat Hall, Tehran, May 2013

To Her Beautiful Eyes, for string quartet, Scheherazade Quartet, Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, May 2013

and His Cuff was Damp with Tears, for Persian string quartet, Chargan Quartet, Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, May 2013

Felfel Nabin Che Rize, Musical Theater for Children, directed by: Alireza Jafarimaram, Niavaran Hall, Tehran, December 2012

Homayoun, for Persian string quartet and percussion, Chahargan Quartet, Rudaki concert Hall, Tehran, October 2012

His Name Is Man, for Piano four hands, Marya Octavia Rosiana & Ross Cary, FCMF festival, Yogyakarta, Java, October 2010

String Quartet No.2, Talalyan string quartet, Komitas Hall, Yerevan, June 2010

- Alone, for flute trio, Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival, Java, Indonesia, October 2009

White, for Piano, Kaveh Salehi, Tehran University of Arts, Tehran, March 2008

- Silence, for flute, Shaghayegh Sadeghian, Nahaleh Roudaki, Tehran, April 2007


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A SANTUR PLAYER (SELECTED LISTING)

- Santur soloist in "as Far as Possible" for Santour and ensemble(by: Karen Keyhani), Matka ensemble, Geneva, November 2013

- Solo improvisation, Usine Kugler, Geneva, November 2013

- Santur player in "Pardis" musical project in collaboration with Tehran Chamber Orchestra,

- Hamid Motebasem; composer, Bardia Kiaras; conductor, August 2013

- Santur meister, traditional orchestra of ministry of colture, Jalil Andalibi; conductor, Tehran, January 2004 – January 2005

- Santur player, traditional music ensemble, Jalil Andalibi; conductor, Tehran, 2002 – 2003

- Founder, conductor and santur player, Mehraein traditional music ensemble, Tehran, January 2000 – Present


PUBLICATIONS (SCORES)

- "The Last Color" for Flute & Piano

Part Publication, Tehran, 2014

"Only That Spark and Nothing More" for Solo Oboe

Part Publication, Tehran, 2013


DISCOGRAPHY

"Only That Spark and Nothing More", Selected Works for Ensemble (2010-2012), Arqanoon Records, Tehran, May 2014

- "Possible Worlds II (various artists)", "And His Cuff was Damped With Tears"( for Persian String, Quartet),

Spectropol Records, Washington, January 2013

- "Verses of the Night (Hooshyar Khayam)", "His Name is Man"( for Piano four hands),

Contemporart Music Records, Tehran, January 2011

"Sunset at Early Morning ", In memorial of Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Puya Jalali; Producer, Tehran, January 2008

LANGUAGES
Persian: Native Language
English: Fluent
Arabic: Intermediate

MEMBERSHIPS
Cimbalom World Association (CWA)
Iran Music House




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