Shiva Feshareki is a critically acclaimed composer & turntablist, and NTS Radio DJ. Her diverse output explores electronics, acoustics, context and perspective through wide ranging practices that incorporate classical craft and experimental methodology. She was honoured with The 2017 British Composer Award for Innovation from The Ivors Academy, The Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (2009), as well as the BBC Young Composer’s Award (2004) with her first scored composition. A host of stunning performances followed including most recently at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (VAC), BBC Proms, London Jazz Festival, and as Featured Artist at Spitalfields Festival. Other recent highlights include Saturnalia at Macao (Milan), Hyperreality Festival of Club Culture (Vienna), Mutek (Montreal), Sonar (Barcelona), Maerzmusik (Kraftwerk, Berlin), The Tanks at Tate Modern (London), Artheater/Frau Musica Nova (Cologne), Appia Stage (Hellerau), The Pumphouse (Aldeburgh), Southbank Centre ‘Concrete Lates’ Takeover (London) and Nikolaj Kunsthal (Copenhagen) as part of Haroon Mirza’s installation Dancing with the Unknown. 2019 also saw the release of her debut album ‘NEW FORMS’ on ‘RESIST’: a snapshot into her turntabling experiments.
Her solo turntable performances fuse together sonic palettes using hyperphysical electronic manipulations and sampling techniques. Cuts from drum and bass, garage, gabber, deep minimalism and classical orchestral works are yielded to create complex live compositions that are as kinetic as they are delicate.
Feshareki also composes extensively for orchestras, recently working with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Orchestra Nationale de Lyon. Previously she has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the London Philharmonia. Her compositional work is equally transformative, exploring the physicality of sound in relation to light, sculpture and movement. ’GABA-analogue’ (2017) employed space as a compositional tool to create a surround-sound orchestra inside London’s Printworks nightclub with London Contemporary Orchestra. An alternative form of the composition was also presented as ‘O’ at Musikhuset, Denmark with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra; both pieces engaged with sound as both a ‘sculpture in space’ and as a ‘medium bending through time’. Her composition ‘Dialogue’ (2018) for Live Turntable Manipulation and Orchestra can be described as an “intricate cross-phase between electronic and acoustic sound.” It was premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall during The EFG London Jazz Festival by Shiva Feshareki and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and received three more performances in 2019 by the Orchestre National de Lyon and BBC Concert Orchestra (PRS New Music Biennial). Further recent compositions include ‘Unknown Remembered’ (2018) for Soprano, Viola da Gamba, Piano and Delay Systems (Spitalfields, London), and ‘Meditation on a Spiral Staircase’ (2019) for Turntables and Spatialised Brass Ensemble (SOUNDLab, Szczecin Philharmonic, Poland). Upcoming premieres include ‘Perpetual Motion’ (2019) for the Britten Sinfonia (Barbican, London), and ‘Opus Infinity’: a large-scale composition for Turntables and Spatialised Ensemble to be premiered by Shiva Feshareki and Ensemble Modern in 2020 (Frankfurt LAB).
Feshareki was a composition scholar under Mark-Anthony Turnage, and obtained a Doctorate of Music from the Royal College of Music. Through her research, she has contributed to a rediscovery of some early pioneers in electronic music such as Pauline Oliveros, Daphne Oram and Éliane Radigue. This includes realising Daphne Oram’s radical composition ‘Still Point’ for turntables, double orchestra and five microphones. Written in 1949, it was premiered by Feshareki, James Bulley and the LCO at the 2018 BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall - the venue for which it was originally composed. Furthermore, Shiva curates site-specific concerts, most recently in a cave, premiering new compositions by Eliane Radigue and Lee Gamble which formed duets between the music and acoustics of the unique setting (Heights of Abraham, Peak District).
Feshareki is one of the most thought-provoking and innovative artists emerging in recent years and achieving international acclaim for her unique and absorbing improvisation and composition practice. Her work sits at the intersections of electronic music, fine art, free improvisation, classical composition, dance music culture and turntablism. The result are new forms of sonic materials, new engagements with sonic materiality and new philosophical perspectives.
(More information can be found in: ‘Analogue Alchemy’: Into the Music and Mind of Shiva Feshareki)
Shiva Feshareki is published exclusively by Manners McDade worldwide.
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