MMP 1.7 - Ramin Akhavijou

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In this final interview of the season, I sat down with composer Ramin Akhavijou to discuss his life and work. Ramin is a fascinating individual with an amazing backstory. His pieces are beautiful and he has been gaining notoriety and winning awards since his arrival in the US. Don't believe me? Here's some information:

Ramin Akhavijou was born in Iran. Having completed B.Mus., ranked first, he pursued a Master’s degree in music composition at Art University of Tehran and graduated with rank 1 in 2015. He is living in the USA in order to pursue his second Master Composition degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

He has received some awards for his compositions, including the Iranian Music Association Prize (Tehran, Iran, 2013), ACIMC Award (Paris, France, 2014), IMHM prize (London, England, 2014), Iranian Music Association Prize (Tehran, Iran, 2015), CNMF (North Carolina, USA, 2015), ConTempora Award, Association of Macedonia (Skopje, Macedonia, 2015), Orient/Occident Award (Lviv, Ukraine, 2015), ABLAZE Records Award (Cincinnati, USA, 2016), Bruno Maderna Award (Lviv, Ukraine, 2016).

Akhavijou collaborates with the most important worldwide Gatha (sacred hymns of Zarathushtra) competition as a jury-man. Regarding this fact, he was excited to write some music pieces for Gatha hymns based on his personal perception of these sacred sounds.

The dialectic interrelation between sounds has always been one of the main concerns and motives for his compositions and research works. In this regard, he has tried to pursue his ambition by exploring different science disciplines. He is currently conducting research on sounds of nature. This is a joint project with the scientists from different departments of the University of Tehran involving fields of biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, mathematics, and music.

More information about Ramin and his music can be found HERE!

As always, thanks very much for listening to the show. If you have any thoughts, comments or questions, feel free to contact Lance at lalaladuke@gmail.com and visit music.cmu.edu for more information about music at Carnegie Mellon University.

Thoughtfully and tenderly produced by Michael Bridges.

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