Alireza Mashayekhi the Founding Father of Modern Persian Music

  September 19, 2021   Read time 1 min
Alireza Mashayekhi the Founding Father of Modern Persian Music
The avant-garde composer Alireza Mashayekhi has revolutionized the music in Modern Persia. He uses themes from classic Persian music in his works which are of modern makeup. He presents a wonderful aspect of Iran's musical heritage.

Alireza Mashayekhi (b. Tehran, Iran, 1940) is a pioneering avant-garde conductor and composer whose works have been performed in Iran and abroad for more than 50 years and have greatly influenced contemporary Iranian music. He studied traditional Persian music, composition, and piano in Iran, completed his studies at the Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, and pursued his study of electronic and computer music in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

In 1993, with the pianist Farima Ghavam-Sadri, Mashayekhi founded the Tehran Contemporary Music Group. He also established the Iranian Orchestra for New Music in 1995. His music reached new audiences in 2007 with the release of a double-disc anthology titled Persian Electronic Music: Yesterday and Today 1966–2006 (Sub Rosa), which included classic compositions of Mashayekhi’s work along with electronic compositions by Ata Ebtekar. Mashaykehi has been teaching composition at the University of Tehran since 1970.

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