Category: Music

The Decision Was Made at 5am Sharp (2008): prepared piano, harpsichord

Listen to “The Decision Was Made at 5am Sharp” (for prepared piano and harpsichord) by Hossein Hadisi The-Decision-Was-Made-at-5-am-Sharp-Hossein-Hadisi-Prepared-Piano-HarpsichordDownload I wrote this duet during my MMus at University of Southampton for a composition workshop by Keynote+ Ensemble. This piece was my first experience of “preparing” a piano and writing for one, as specified by John Cage….


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 Double Edged Passion (2008): violin

Listen to “The Double Edged Passion (for solo violin) by Hossein Hadisi MP3 Music: The-Double-Edged-Passion-Hossein-HadisiDownload 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…


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…


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…