Category Archives: Collaborations

Music project with David Shively

About David Shively

David Shively performs concert and installation works in media ranging from traditional percussion to Hungarian cimbalom to analog electronics and feedback systems. Solo appearances at Dia:Beacon, EMPAC, Miller Theatre, Performa 09, SONiC Festival, the American Academy in Rome, Other Minds 13, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Wittner Tage für neue Kammermusik, Münchener Biennale. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he has been co-artistic director of the experimental music ensemble Either/Or since 2004, curating its programming and festivals in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.  Recordings for Starkland, New World, Tzadik, Mode, Quecksilber, and other labels in addition to works for film, sound installation, and radio broadcast.

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Music project with Iran’s Kaveh Haghtalab performing revolutinary Iranian music!!!

Photo by Glenn Cornett (Spectrum)
Photo by Glenn Cornett (Spectrum)

Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on sax and vocals will start a side project with Iran’s Kaveh Haghtalab on kamancheh. The name of the project is still t.b.a.. In fact Kaveh has been a member of SoSaLa since November 2013.And they played as a duo together for the first time at Cafe Nadery (NY), October 1, 2013. This concert was the initiator for this new project.

Here is a review and a video of this concert published in DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY (October 16, 2013): Concert Review: Kaveh Haghtalab and (guest) Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardy play the Persian blues… It was all poetry…!

Their repertoire will consist of original and arranged Persian music. With their music this duo wants to reach out to Iranian or Persian-American people who were born here and don’t know much or anything about Iran. The idea is to play music which feels new and fresh and touches people’s hearts. Their intention is to play music which expresses musically “the Iran of today or tomorrow.”

About Kaveh Haghtalab

Kaveh, an Iranian kamancheh player and drummer, born in Mashhad in 1982, but grew up in Tehran. moved to New York in March 2012. He grew up in a musical family listening to his parents playing Persian classical music. His mother taught him music from the age of 9. He started to play kamancheh when he was 11. Since the age of 14 he has been performing professionally with various music ensembles at various festivals and events in Iran. He studied under Saeed Farajpoori, Ahmad Mirhashemi, and Ostad Majid Kiani. Eventually he joined the Persian classical music ensemble “Center For Preservation And Research of Iranian Music.”

Besides playing the kamancheh Kaveh also fell in love with the Western drums. Like many of the Iranian young people he loved rock music. By the age of 23 he decided to practise the Western drums. He took drum lessons and joined later several rock and  jazz groups in Tehran. He holds a bachelor degree in computer engineering from the Azad University in Tehran. Since coming to New York he enrolled as a drum student at The Collective School of Music in Manhattan, New York.

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Music project with Mike Irish aka MYSTRESS, Brooklyn based dance/bass producer

artworks-000066144035-11z9ru-t200x200Its been about 7 months since Daft Punk spilled their latest album, Random Access Memories, and we’ve seen a lot of remixes in the aftermath of it all. Today we’ve got something special and a little different than most of the stuff you’ve heard out there: Brooklyn based dance/bass producer, Mike Irish, aka MYSTRESS, just released this RAD remix of “Get Lucky,” and I guarantee its like nothing else out there.

The track begins with a deceiving, happy, airy, melodic intro, and drops into a funky, tribal, and somewhat dark groove. He then brings it back to the disco-funk feel, incorporating an amazing live saxophone solo by Iranian sax shredder, SoSaLa, and tying it perfectly into the second “drop.” MYSTRESS ultimately transforms the track into something completely different from the original, with the only main similarity being the use of bits and pieces of the lyrics. It’s something you can really get weird to on the dance floor, and we like that. So much soul. So much groove. A lot of steez. MYSTRESS is only getting started, so keep an ear out for more killer, unique, original tracks on the horizon. Enjoy this FREE DOWNLOAD in the

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