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Aftab Darvishi - Iran / Netherlands

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About Daughters of Sol

Optional Video: This video was created as an optional accompaniment to performances of "Daughters of Sol." The video may also be downloaded here.

Video: By Tahmineh Monzavi & Siavash Naghsh Bandi
Produced using the handwritten notes of a selected group of Iranian women artists from all over the world, gathered over months, the video depicts these artists’ views on the influence of their gender on their work, their audience and their society. Many of these artists were not allowed to work in their home. In the video, we see them speaking with their writing, but without a voice: the music speaks instead of them. These notes are portrayed in the video in combination with extracts of another video produced in 2016 in Tehran as part of a collection series called “Past Continues” by Tahmineh Monzavi portraying Ava Darvishi dancing in ruins outside Tehran.

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About Daughters of Sol, Darvishi writes:

“Daughters of Sol is inspired by a poem by Ahmad Shamloo who is a Contemporary Iranian poet. This piece contains gentle transitions and detailed changes, which leads to dissolving of different shades and colors. It is a constant evolution between shadows and lights. It is a journey about conveying gentle circular movements, which I think it resembles cycles of life. We evolve and dissolve in gentle and harsh conversions. We change colors, yet we tend to go back to our roots despite of our differences.”

Aftab Darvishi's Daughters of Sol was commissioned as part of the Kronos Performing Arts Association’s Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, which is made possible by a group of adventurous partners, including Carnegie Hall and many others.

About Aftab Darvishi

Aftab Darvishi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1987. She started playing violin at age five, and as she grew older, she got in touch with other instruments like the Kamancheh (Iranian string instrument) and classical Piano. Darvishi has studied Music Performance at University of Tehran, Composition at Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Composing for film and Karnatic Music (South Indian music) at Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Darvishi has presented her music in various festivals in Europe and Asia working with various ensembles. She has also attended various artistic residencies, such AiEP Contemporary Dance Company (Milan), Kinitiras studio (Athens), and Akropoditi Dance center (Syros). She is a former member of KhZ ensemble; an experimental electronic ensemble with supervision of Yannis Kyriakides that has performed in various festivals such as the Holland Festival. After her graduation, she has been regularly invited as a guest lecturer at the University of Tehran.

In 2014, Darvishi was short listed for the 20th Young Composer meeting in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and in 2015, she won the Music Education award from Listhus Artist Residency to hold workshops for presenting Persian music to music teachers at Music School of Fjallabyggd, Iceland. In October 2016, Darvishi was awarded the prestigious Tenso Young Composers Award for her piece And the world stopped Lacking you... for a cappella choir.

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