Category: Video

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…


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…