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Sound Collage VII: Saqi-Nameh (2015)

“Saqi”, is a term used in Farsi to refer to the person who serves or provides wine. There is a whole sub-genre or rather a musical form of poetry and music called “Saqi-Nameh”, which revolves around addressing a Saqi. The Saqi could range in meaning from a divine force to a common dealer. I have…


Sound Collage VI: Forooghi – Banan (2015)

In this collage, I experimented with the idea of two musical universes colliding and interchanging forces. I chose two great Iranian tenors, Maestro GholamHossein Banan, a traditional music legend, and Fereydoon Forooghi, a famous rock singer. Banan’s voice is velvety and flows like a river, while Forooghi’s has a strong, sturdy presence. Both pieces have…


Sound Collage V: Morgh-e Sahar (2015)

In this collage, I have worked on arguably the most famous Persian song, “Morgh-e Sahar” (The Dawn Bird, loosely translated). This piece became an iconic anthem of liberty thanks to the first recording made by the legendary female singer, Qamar, which I had already visited in Sound Collage IV. From 1980s, the repetitive performances of…


Sound Collage IV: Four Miniatures (2015)

In this collage, I worked on four pieces and created miniature versions of them. I’ve always been fascinated by Anton Weber’s short pieces and found them a great model for compressing musical information. The idea behind these miniatures was to give as much musical information about the different material contained in the original piece in…


Sound Collage III: An Aural History of Iran (2015)

I was working on the idea of this collage and generally making a series of collages for about a year prior to starting this project. The third collage aimed to tell the story of a quarter-century of Iranian history in sound. I collected a big archive of sound clips and started shortlisting them and omitting…


Sound Collage II (2013)

In an attempt to recreate a work similar to the first collage, more than a decade later, I made the second one. My aim was to play with the listeners’ expectations and as a result, I focused on very Persian popular tunes, with a couple of less known gems. I didn’t include the composers and…


Sound Collage I (1998-99?, lost)

I always had an interest in the editing process of audio and video. My first experimentation with editing goes back to days of manually pause/recording a double deck cassette player or a handycam and VHS recorder. The first meaningful work I did in these series was a laborious collage of many famous Persian songs, with…


Ballet Zahhák: Dragon King of Persia – Shahnama by Ferdowsi

Shahnameh by Ferdowsi: Zahhák, Dragon King of PersiaDirector and Composer: Hossein HadisiArt Director, Costume and Stage Design: Pegah SalimiMovement Director: Rick NodineMusic Performed by Ensemble Exaudi, Director: James Phil Brent Weeks Juliet Fraser (soprano), Lucy Goddard (alto), Alastair Putt (tenor), Simon Whiteley (bass)Dancers: Manuela Sarcone, Julie Schmidt Andreasen, Ellen Nous, Camila Gutierrez, Ffion Campbell-Davies, Mari-Halina…


The Luthier (Setar Saz, 2013)

Setar Maker (The Luthier) Produced by Southampton Arts Academy Setar Maker: Amir Jamshidi Director: Hossein Hadisi Camera: Pegah Salimi, Hossein Hadisi Music: Maestro Ebadi (Avaye Setar album) March 2013 Lahijan, Iran I had spoken with and promised Mr. Jamshidi, many years prior to making this documentary to interview him about making Setars. The opportunity arose…


ACE Ensemble at Winchester Laundry (2011)

Sound Installation at Winchester Laundry Avantgarde Composers Ensemble (ACE) Composers: Hossein Hadisi Ignacio Agrimbau George Holloway Joseph Kelly Natalie Field Blasio Kavuma Videography: Pegah Salimi Between 2007-2011 I had the pleasure of working with various artists in Winchester, through Winchester School of Arts and mostly Trish Bould. Most of my collaborations were about pieces that…


The Double Edged Passion (2008): violin

Listen to “The Double Edged Passion (for solo violin) by Hossein Hadisi I wrote this piece during my MMus Composition course at University of Southampton and showed it to Professor Michael Zev Gordon in my composition tutorial. I think it was the first piece of mine that actually managed to impress him a bit. The…


Far Close (2007): Variations in Chahargah for solo piano

“Far Close” Variations in Chargah Chargah: Chargah (the quadruplet mode, the mode of four) is a mode in the Middle Eastern traditional music (specially Persian traditional music). Chargah comes in a conjunction of other modes and series of motifs, amongst which there are the Dogah (mode of two), Segah (mode of three) and Raast-PanjGah (mode…


Pessimistic (2006): Rock album

Album for 2 electric guitars, bass guitar, keyboard, drums and voice. Hossein Hadisi has been playing and performing music professionally since year 2000 around Iran, Malaysia and UK in pop and rock bands such as Mahtab, Hamoon, CZF & Hungry. He has also been the solo violinist for Kerman Television Symphonic Orchestra in year 2001 with…


Psychos In Me (2004) – Southampton University Film Festival 2009

This was my first experimentation in digital filmmaking after years of amateur handy-cam clips and short videos with analogue tapes. The project started as a collection of idea about shots that demonstrate a particular aesthetic linked to an obsession (i.e. “psycho”) in me. The collection of storyboards exceeded more than 50 scenes, but I shortlisted…


Shahnameh, The Perpetual Narrative

…It is remarkable that Akram Ahmadi Tavana, the author of this survey, an artist in her own right, also focuses on the image of Zahhak as the idea of the evil which exists among us in the shape of a human being of a common origin. Ahmadi Tavana’s interpretation of Zahhak of our days is…


Exaudi

Exaudi Ensemble General Repertoire Zahhak: The Dragon King of Persia (2013) wp Source: Exaudi Website


Zahhák: Dragon King of Persia (contemporary music and dance) – Cambridge – 28/10/13

West Road Concert Hall Cambridge Shahnama Centre in Association with Iran Heritage Foundation (London) present:Zahhák: Dragon King of PersiaPrince Zahhák makes a pact with Satan to kill his father. Soon after he sits on the throne, two snakes grow out of his shoulders, where Satan had kissed. Zahhák orders to behead two young men every…


The Reception of Shahnama, Shahnama Series Vol. III

The image of Zahhak as a symbol of tyranny to be overthrown however strong he is, has been popular in Iran and outside the country among the Persian communities all over the world until nowadays. Among the latest examples of this are the plays and musical performances in Europe (Till Uilenspiegel) and the U.K. (The…


Leeds College of Music: Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition – 20/2/9

“The Fear of Perdition” – Hafiz Shirazi by: Hossein Hadisi The Fear of Perdition is a representation of a few Persian music themes by applying compositional and recording techniques alien to the literature. These chosen themes share certain modal characteristics in the intervals they are made of (such as intervening augmented seconds and minor seconds)…


The Wire Tapper Magazine No. 30 CD

Composers Hossein Hadisi (Iran), Ignacio Agrimbau (Argentina) and Joe Kelly (UK). They met at the University of Southampton, where they studied composition under Michael Finnissy. Originally emerging as the last mutation of The Hola, an eclectic ensemble founded by Agrimbau in 2005, After The Rain’s sound combines elements from electroacoustics, ‘free’ improvisation, and DIY aesthetics….


Wikipedia

Hossein Hadisimettre à jour From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hossein HadisiHossein Hadisi leading Hungry rock band in M&M Battle of the Bands.Background informationOriginUK, MalaysiaGenresAvant Garde, Modern, Thrash metal, Speed metal, Heavy metalYears active2005–presentWebsitewww.HosseinHadisi.com Hossein Hadisi (formerly knows as HOZZEN; a solo thrash metal project, active in Malaysia (2005-2007)) is a music composer and performer living in the UK. Hossein Hadisi’s music tends to be 21st century…


Zahhak, the Dragon King of Persia – RADA Studios, London – 26/10/13

Saturday, October 26, 2013 (All day) RADA Studios, 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX Under the auspices of the Cambridge Shahnama Centre there was the premiere of a new contemporary stage work by Dr Hossein Hadisi for voices, percussion and dance. The piece celebrated the Persian traditional art of storytelling (naqqáli) by reenacting the ancient myth…


Wine of The Mystic – Turner Sims Concert Hall – 15/12/10

Wine of the MysticA concert of Persian music performing the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám (1048-1123).  Compositions of Hossein Hadisi take us on a musical journey through the improvisatory traditions of Awaz and Morakkab. Wandering through the Wadi of ancient Persian modes, the enigmatic music and poetry follows Khayyám’s footsteps in his odyssey in search of…


Psychobabble – John Hansard Gallery – 17/12/13

There’s a rare Xenis Emputae Travelling Band performance on the 17th of December at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton. I’ve gathered a four voice magical choir to a performance based around vowels. Initially the concept was to work along the lines of Peter Michael Hamel and Prima Materia’s ‘vowel improvisations’ and overtone singing, but things have loosened up…


Daily Echo – Studio 144

Dr Hossein Hadisi said: “I think it could have been a bit more creative. “I think the name Studio suggests it’s a much smaller place. The building could have been given a grander name. “It may be a bit late, but maybe something like Guildhall Arts, or something a bit more do do with Southampton.”…


Fox & Newt, Leeds – 30/8/12

After the RainMichael Finnissy students and multi-instrumentalists Ignacio Agrimbau, Hossein Hadisi and Joe Kelly’s unique sound is a synthesis of all their numerous activities, as composers, improvisers, teachers, music therapists and ethnomusicologists. Their forthcoming debut album will be a joint release between Bang the Bore, their own ATField label and Phil Todd’s Memoirs of an…


CopyRite: 10 Days Across the City – Winchester

Avant-garde Composers Ensemble (ACE), Copy Rite Is a piece by Hossein Hadisi, the director of ACE. The work investigates musical possibilities formed and inspired by the building through the fundamental compositional technique of variation. Avant-garde Composers Ensemble is a project that focuses on bringing contemporary avant-garde music out of the concert hall. By performing in galleries,…


One of Ten: unpredicted duets and the company of rivers

one of ten: unpredicted duets and the company of rivers Interval for Winchester Community choir and Cathedral  | mp3 | 2011Audio Player00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. On the 31st October, artists, musicians, dancers, writers and other creatively inclined individuals and groups from the Winchester district occupied the stage and architecture of the Royal…


Michael Finnissy – Âwâz-e Niyâz

I try to choose ‘significant’ titles, and titles that indicate something extra to the content of the music (which is actually just sounds of a particular (selected) type configured in particular (selected) ways).‘Âwâz-e Niyâz’ means ‘Songs from Mysterious Necessity’ although ‘necessity’ could also be rendered as ‘prayerfulness’. These words are Farsi (the language of Persia),…


ضحاک در لندن به رقص درآمد

ارسال شده توسط منصوره فراهانی | نوامبر 1, 2013 | فرهنگ و هنر نمایش ضحاک ماردوش- عکس از مرکز شاهنامه کمبریج لندن هر روزه شاهد تئاتر و نمایش های رقص گوناگون است، اما به تازگی نمایش «رقص، موسیقی و اپرایی» را تجربه کرد که ریشه در باور ایرانیان کهن دارد. نمایش ضحاک-شرق پارسی نخستین اپرای «ضحاک ماردوش» همراه با رقص…


صاحبۀ سارزواره ای با حسین حدیثی موسیقی دان، آهنگساز، نوازنده، نویسنده، مترجم و محقق ایرانی تبار ساکن بریتانیا

۱۳۹۲ اسفند ۵, دوشنبه مصاحبۀ سارا زواره ای با حسین حدیثی، آهنگساز،نوازنده و محقق ایرانی تبار ساکن بریتانیا از لاهیجان تا کمبریج ،از استیج های سیرجان و زاهدان و کرمان و تهران تا موزۀ خانۀ هندل و خانۀ جیمی هندریکس …و از صدا و سیمای ایران تا لیست بهترین های موسیقی  چَنِل ویی ( کانال ویی)…


Iran Heritage Foundation

Zahak: Dragon King of PersiaPerformance – London & CambridgeA new stage work, giving a contemporary interpretationof a myth drawn from the Shahnameh, the Persian epicpoem written by Firdausi more than a thousand yearsago, ‘Zahak, Dragon King of Persia’ celebrated the Persianminstrels’ art of Naqqali – a now near-extinct traditionof travelling performers who interpret folklore handeddown…


Virtual failure in commercial terms but who cares?

October 25, 2013 My biography? Doesn’t “fit in”. From the wrong side of the tracks all the way. Virtual failure in commercial terms, but who the hell cares either way? That self-deprecation appears on Michael Finnissy’s website, which is also notable for the absence of social media links featuring the composer. Pianist Ian Pace has recorded Michael Finnissy’s…


Imagining Shahnameh in the 21st Century

 3T hree years ago Cambridge joined the world celebrations of the Millennium of the Shahnameh in the version of Ferdowsi, thePersian hereditary aristocrat who for half his life was writing his bible:a legendary, heroic and romantic chronicle of his country since thecreation of the world until the Arab invasion in the 7th century.Ferdowsi’s cult poem Shahnameh, which can be…


Shahnama Forever

Shahnama Forever is a fresh sub-project that grew out of the bigger ‘mother’ Cambridge Shahnama Project started in 1999 and originally funded by the AHRC and later supported from several private sources, including the Iran Heritage Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The Shahnama Forever, although it incorporates practical aspects of the contemporary…


Places I’d take Michael Finnissy to if he ever visited Iran

October 24, 2013 Noteworthy is the upcoming world première of a new work by Hossein Hadisi for voices, percussion and dance. Zahhák: the Dragon King of Persia celebrates the Persian minstrels’ art of Naqqáli by re-enacting the ancient myth of Zahhák from the Persian ‘Book of Kings’. Hossein Hadisi studied composition with Michael Finnissy and his works include Places I’d Take Michael Finnissy To…


Ffion Campbell-Davies

Ffion is a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Director of House Of Absolute. Born and raised in Wales, an advocate for welsh speaking women of mixed heritage, she completed her degree in dance at The California Institute of the Arts and London Contemporary Dance School. As a movement director and choreographer, her work can be seen in adverts for Nurofen and she has presented numerous…


International Council for Traditional Music

Report of the 3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music of the Turkic-speaking World Groups audience: ICTM Study Group on Music of the Turkic-speaking World “Popular Culture in Turkic Asia and Afghanistan: Performance and Belief” was the subject of the 3rd Symposium and Workshop of the ICTM Study Group on Music of the Turkic-speaking…


New Works Festival at Southampton University 5/12/2010

The full programme for Southampton University’s New Works Festival has been announced! As you can see below, there’s a quite staggering amount of music being squeezed into just three days, from student composers to classic names and everything in between. Fourteen world premieres. And some great performers. Lots of details on the festival’s Facebook page. There is also a…


Zahhak – Cambridge 28/10/2013

ZAHHAK: The Dragon King of Persia Shahnama Centre Presents Monday 28th October 2013 7:30 pm A new contemporary stage work by Hossein Hadisi for voices, percussion and dance. The piece celebrates the Persian minstrels’ art of Naqqáli by reenacting the ancient myth of Zahhák from the Persian ‘Book of Kings’. The music is performed by…


Pembroke Centre for Persian Studies

The Pembroke Centre for Persian Studies has grown out of the Cambridge Shahnama Project (currently 1 Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge CB2 1QH), and represents the fulfilment of one of the original aims of that project, to promote Persian studies in Cambridge and the UK more generally. Its start is associated with the opening of the Shahnama…


Ruth Corney

Biography Image courtesy of J.N. Gourley Ruth Corney is a young English flautist who began playing the flute aged eight in Cornwall. With the marvellous tuition she received from Janet Elston (Cornwall County Music service) she blossomed as a young player, holding the positions of lead first flute in the Triggshire Wind Orchestra and first…


Sam Cave

ACE play ‘The Red Stage’ – London, UK – 16/02/2012 An ACE (avant-garde composers ensemble) duet performance, Sam performs alongside ACE director Hossein Hadisi as they headline the second night of the brand new ‘Edge Music London’ concert series at the Wenlock and Essex, Islington. Music by H. Hadisi and S.Cave. 7:30pm, £4 on the…


The Brian Band

A new voguish stage work beside Hossein Hadisi for voices, blow and dance. The piece celebrates the Persian minstrels’ art of Naqqáli by reenacting the venerable myth of Zahhák from the Persian ‘Book of Kings’. The music is performed by EXAUDI, one of Britain’s leading contemporary music ensembles, and six dancers from London Contemporary Dance…


Faculty of Music at Cambridge

A new contemporary stage work by Hossein Hadisi cause voices, percussion and dance. The piece celebrates the Persian minstrels’ art of Naqqli by reenacting the ancient myth pertinent to Zahhk from the Persian €book of Kings’. The music is performed next to EXAUDI, one of Britain’s chief Source: Faculty of Music at Cambridge


SOAS University: The Middle East in London

Zahhák: Th e DragonKing of Persia (Performance)Organised by: CambridgeShahnama Centre and the IranHeritage Foundation. New stagework by Hossein Hadisi whichcelebrates the Persian minstrels’art of Naqqáli by reenacting theancient myth of Zahhák from thePersian Book of Kings. With musicby EXAUDI and dancers from theLondon Contemporary DanceSchool. Performance also featurespaintings by the Iranian surrealistAli Akbar Sadeghi. Tickets:…


Rick Nodine

ENTER ZAHHAK, DRAGON PRINCE of PERSIA Performed at RADA Studios, London 2013West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge 2013 Enter Zahhak is contemporary interpretation of a myth drawn from one of the world’s greatest poems. Through voices, percussion and dance, the work will introduce the audience to one of the many myths contained in the Persian ‘Book of Kings’…


Are After The Rain the best band in Britain?

After the Rain – The Night Must Fall (CD, joint release by ATfield, Memoirs of an Aesthete & Bang the Bore) …Phil Todd certainly thinks so and I suspect Seth Cooke agrees with him too.  Bold claims need striking evidence, eh?  Well, before I present my own findings you will have to endure a lengthy…


The Pembroke Shahnameh Centre for Persian Studies

Pembroke Shahnameh Centre for Persian Studies has grown out of the Cambridge Shahnama Project (currently 1 Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge CB2 1QH), and represents the fulfilment of one of the original aims of that project, to promote Persian studies in Cambridge and across the UK. Its activities include termly lectures on Persian and Islamic art, academic conferences and publications and other cultural events, like art exhibits and…


Tonight: ZAHHÁK, Dragon King of Persia Dance

Posted on October 28, 2013 by SIXPILLARS What’s this? More funky renditions of the ancient Book of Kings that Iranians know so well, and which has come to the fore globally at least since the 2000 year anniversary of its writing in 2010. This is a contemporary work for stage by Hossein Hadisi for voice, percussion and dance. The piece celebrates…


Enter Zahhák, Dragon King of Persia

To be performed in Cambridge on Monday 28 October Zahhák, Dragon King of Persia is the retelling of a myth taken from the Shahnama or ‘Book of Kings’. A story of greed and corruption, it will confront the audience with the ultimate political dilemma. I hope it will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary music, dance and dramaDr Hossein…


University of Southampton Interview

Hossein K. Hadisi PhD Music Composition Hi, I’m Hossein K. Hadisi and I studied PhD Music Composition within Humanities at the University of Southampton. I chose the University of Southampton due to its excellent reputation, high rankings and the professors teaching here. This is one of the top universities for music research and composition in the UK. …


University of Southampton Alumni

Hossein Hadisi PhD in Music Composition, 2012 Research Associate Hi, I’m Hossein Hadisi and I studied PhD in Music Composition within Music at the University of Southampton. I would recommend music in Southampton, particularly the composition pathway. I think for a musician or artist, it is important to have a clear definition of her line of work so…


Postdoctoral Research at Darwin College, University of Cambridge

During the past twelve years, I have collected a big archive of Middle Eastern modes and scales (i.e. Maqáms) in the form of scores, recordings and text. The Maqám Encyclopaedia project aims to turn this raw data into a dynamic database where the users can view the overall structure and the relationships between different Maqáms, as well as studying one particular Maqám in detail and compare different renditions of it. Once the platform is made, the database goes live online in the format of an administrator-monitored wiki, where users can submit more entries and samples, which will be added to the database after being reviewed by the administrators.

The collection includes recordings, scores and books and articles about the various schools and traditions within Persian musical traditions. I am using an assistant in the UK and one in Iran to tag the data as it is collected. The raw data is analysed and categorised according to its source, media type, related topics, cultural and linguistic root and many more categories that allow a multi-dimensional relationship between data. This means that unlike the traditional categorisation method, which varies from culture to culture or in different historical periods, the musical modes and melodies can be explored in any desired way. The views can vary from all the references to the melody known as “Oj” (peak, climax) in Hafiz’ poetry to the map showing geographical distribution of Kurdish dance rhythms in the region.

For centuries, much of Middle Eastern music has been taught using aural methods. Because of the improvisatory nature of this music, a universal notation system was never established and musicians did not write and document their work. After the introduction of Western notation, invention of recording technologies and the beginning of ethnomusicological, various accounts of Middle Eastern modes and songs where made. The discrepancies between different versions of the same material resulted in confusion and repetition in naming and classification of the musical material. Different schools of improvisation refer to the same phenomenon using different terminology or use the same word to describe different objects. There is a dire need for a comparative and comprehensive reference on Middle Eastern musical Maqáms.

I am going to digitalise and classify an otherwise vastly varied and disorganised collection and make it accessible to ethnomusicologists, learners and teachers. The project will provide an online platform for comparing different performances of a single piece and interrelate information, terminology and etymology behind the Maqáms, for the first time ever. The encyclopaedia can be used as a learning tool, as well as a valuable academic one and engages the viewers by allowing participation on their part.

Data analysis consists of unifying Persian and English titles for the available data, tagging and marking audio recordings by artist, musical mode, year of recording, publisher (if available), recording medium, length and quality. Scores are all scanned as preserved as digital copies and categorised by similar tags plus bane of scholar who has notated them and properties relevant to the style. The majority of the research project is dedicated to studying the literature and indexing all the available data. This has started with emphasis and focus on available music dictionaries, encyclopaedia, Persian dictionaries and other similar resources. All this work has been done in the first year of the project (2015) and the overall database structure was established. Once the all the available data in the primary resources are marked, scanned, typed-in manually and tagged, the second phase of literature review will start. In the second phase in 2016 (after the proposed research trip), all the other secondary musical resources that have any mention to a musical mode are similarly marked and analysed. This collection consists of roughly 120 resources that make up the essential collection of scholarly books available on the subject of Persian Dastgah, Radif and melodies.

By expanding the collection in 2016 to include similar resources on folk music, phase three will start in the following year. In the third and final year of the project, we will include articles and any non-musical text that contain data related to the database and allow user uploads. The administrators monitor and authorise addition of user information under a separate heading at the end of the wiki article for each entry. At the same time, phase one for folk music and non-Persian music data entry starts. The wiki-style webserver will be monitored and upgraded regularly after the end of the third year and it is expected that both the database and the interface will be stable and finalised and won’t require much maintenance for the near future.

My proposed research trip to Iran will help me continue my research with my colleagues Dr. Hooman Asadi of Tehran University, Dr. Hossein Imani, Dean of Culture University, Dr. Narges Zakeri of Gilan University, MohammadReza Darvishi and the prominent Iranian composer Loris Tjeknovarian. Dr. Asadi has access to private archives including manuscript of transcribed modes by the scholars in 1960-70s in the library of Tehran University and archive of the Department of Music. My associate, Dr. Narges Zakeri is helping me with data analysis and meticulous literature review. My academic advisors are Professor Nicholas Cook (University of Cambridge) and Professor Michael Finnissy (University of Southampton) and my IT advisor at the Faculty of Music, Cambridge, Mr. Mustafa Beg, helps me with issues concerning the servers. University of Cambridge has dedicated a URL and server space for the Maqam project database and server. The servers are currently running on a test mode (beta) with full functionalities available on the local servers.

The technology used for the project is MediaWiki, the engine behind many online encyclopaedias, such as Wikipaedia, itself. Copyright consent for partial or complete display of scores, books and recorded material has been obtained with the main publishers and Mahoor Institute of cultural Studies and Iran Music Associations are happy to help us with online linking to their resources and products on websites and services such as iTunes, Amazon, etc. My undergraduate studies were in Computer Science and I have created the database and the interface from scratch. I will continue to act as the web and database administrator, as well as the chief editor of the project in the future.

As an ethnomusicologist and composer, I have been fascinated by the differences in each performance of a given mode and have studied different schools’ and tribes’ approach to the same material. Improvisers master the fundamental techniques of variation and ornamentation in order to renew the material and make it their own. On the other hand, for learners, beginners and researchers, there is no way to identify each musical subject using the same reference. One of the main objectives in my postdoctoral research on “Compositional Methods in the Middle Eastern Improvisation” at the Faculty of Music has been to study the similarities and differences between different renditions of the Middle Eastern Maqáms. Lack of a comprehensive and comparative reference is felt much more as interest and depth of research increases in this field of Ethnomusicology. I believe with my background as a Computer Science graduate, with an MMus and PhD in Music, I can put my knowledge of the two fields in practice by creating a dynamic database of Middle Eastern Maqáms, represented in the form of an online encyclopaedia….


PhD in Music Composition at University of Southampton

The spiritual journey of many greatly influential figures throughout history has been subject to physical journeys. The enlightening visions and experiences that prophets, poets and thinkers have witnessed have given birth to new intellectual horizons that might not have been achieved, but for the challenges and adventures entwined with the nature of migration.
The musical journey of my life, too, has been affected by the physical and spiritual journey I have made by leaving Iran. The nature of Persian music, also, takes one on a mystical journey of self-analysis and awareness. Inevitably, my music is the product of the culture I was raised in and the ones I have had the privilege of living in. My interpretation of these cultures, hermeneutics of humanities and understanding of music, is also strongly influenced by my personality and psychological characteristics. As a composer, I have always refrained from commenting on my own music. I find the experience somewhat challenging, yet amusing, non-musical, yet poetic and unnecessary, yet fruitful. In writing this commentary, I have re-visited some of the most intimate compositional experiences I have had and I am grateful for the depth of insight provided by this experience….


MMus at University of Southampton

“Existing where there is nothing, is the meaning of the phrase: “Form is Emptiness.”
That all things are provided for by nothingness, is the meaning of the phrase: “Emptiness is Form.”
One should not think that these are two separate things.”

-Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

This portfolio has benefited from the generous teachings of Professor Michael Finnissy, Dr. Michael Zev Gordon and Dr. Andrew Fisher.
I thank them all for their great support and
dedicate these pieces to Pegah Salimi….


Biography of Hossein Hadisi

Welcome to the website of Hossein Hadisi, composer and ethnomusicologist working on improvisational models in Persian and Middle Eastern musical and theatrical traditions. Hossein studied his PhD in Composition with Professor Michael Finnissy at the University of Southampton, where his work on the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám led to composing “Wine of the Mystic”. His…


Early Works

CompositionsBallet Zahhak, the Dragon King of Persia: Ensemble and voices with danceThe Nest: soundtrack for the film “the Nest”Wine of the Mystic [Omar Khayyam’s Quatrains]: Voice, Tar, Tombak, DafAnfægtelse: Clarinet, Horn, Vibraphone, Piano, ViolinLullaby for a Deaf Child: flute, guitarMooyeh: female vocal trio (chosen for Royal Music Association’s conference 2010)Piss Be Upon Him: Six instrumentsGently…