About us

Yarava Music Group

Yarava Music Group” was founded in 2001 by Mehdi Jalali, Ebrahim Allahyari and Hamed Zand Karimkhani with the purpose of introducing an alternative style of traditional music and promoting the instrumental music or a non-vocal-based genre of music. Since 2003 and after the formation of “Yarava Modern Orchestra” at Alireza Mashayekhi’s suggestion, this group has started its artistic activities with the objectives of performing and introducing works of Modern (Contemporary) Music composers of Iran or the world, and in this way, introducing the New Music instrumentalists became possible.

Since 2003 up to now, this group has held more than 90 educative-informative sessions in addition to its routine activities; these sessions were held under the title of “Khalvat-e-Mosighi” (Music Privacy), “IC” (Informal Concert), “Opera Night”, “Sundays of Music”, “Music Privacy 37.5 Degrees”, etc.

By running a series of programs called “Persian Night” since 2008, Yarava has concentrated on performing the pieces of Iranian contemporary composers; 60 pieces were performed just in these programs.

Yarava has performed more than 180 music pieces of different genres over the years of its activity; besides, the compositions of more than 40 Iranian contemporary composers had their world premiere at Yarava Music Group, some of which are published and released.

Over the past few years, some of the most important activities of the group have been holding the Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition “Reza Korourian Awards”, the Contemporary Music Festival “Sound.Tehran. Music”, “Tehran International Electronic Music Festival” and the musical projects “Sound Fabric”, “Tehran – Berlin Travelers”, “Tehran Contemporary Music Days”. These kinds of activities have led to a collaboration and alliance between Yarava Music Group, Tehran University, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Digital Media Center, Multimedia Production Lab of Luigi Cherubini Conservatory, Freiburg University of Music and New York University.

Founders

Mehdi Jalali, Ebrahim Allahyari, Hamed Zand Karimkhani

Board of Trustees

Amirashraf Arianpour, Homa Niknam, Fahimeh Fough, Ardeshir Tajbakhsh, Bita Jalali, Ebrahim Allahyari

Senior Art Advisor

Shahrokh Khajenouri

Board of Directors

Art Director

Mehdi Jalali

Assistant of Art Director

Aila Moghimi

Director of the Department of Electronic

Joachim Heintz

Director of Yarava Electronic Studio (YES)

Amin Khoshsabk

Informatics Director

Ehsan Nazari

International Relations Manager

Gelareh Soleimani

Director of Public Relations

Aila Moghimi

Scheduling Director

Asal Karimi

Research Director

Mohsen Mirmehdi

Executive Director

Nazanin Ghiyasi

Orchestra Director

Atiyeh Shahverdi

Technical Director

Ebrahim Allahyari

Executive Committee

Soheil Tabatabaei, Shahrzad Esmaeili, Majid Nazari, Amirhossein Shariati, Alireza Bagheri, Sajjad Khodaverdi

Brochure Text

Research Department of Yarava Music Group

Research Department

Sara Abazari, Amin Khoshsabk, Mehdi Jalali, Farbod Shirmohammad

Translation

Asal Karimi, David Mohr, Aila Moghimi, Nastaran Ghaffari, Golnaz Khalili, Pouria Lachini

Graphics

Ashkan Rahbarian

Graphics Team

Niloufar Shahbazi, Soheil Tabatabaei, Mona Goudarzi

Producer

Korourian Family & Yarava Music Group

Reza Korourian Awards (2020)

The Electroacoustic Composition Competition which is held annually in the memory of Iranian avant-garde composer, Reza Korourian (1971-2015) ended its fifth year by announcing the selected pieces and publishing them in this collection.

This annual competition invites composers of all ages, who are interested in electronic music, to participate in the competition in order to support and introduce electroacoustic music in Iran.

Reza Korourian Awards is held by “Yarava Music Group” in collaboration with the Department of Music of Tehran University and sponsored by Korourian’s family.

Founders

Yarava Music Group, Contemporary Music Records

The Statue of Competition

Jamshid Moradian

Organizer

Yarava Music Group in collaboration with the Department of Music of University of Tehran

 

The 5th year (2020)

Jury Members

Annesley Black

Ali Gorji

Joachim Heintz

Madjid Tahriri

Head of Jury

Madjid Tahriri

Responsible for Organizing Committee of the Competition

Mehdi Jalali, Amin Khoshsabk

Responsible for Organizing Committee of the Conclusion Cermonies

Soheil Tabatabaei, Nazanin Ghiyasi

Graphics

Ashkan Rahbarian

Poster of Call

 Vahid Heravi

Booklet of Call

 Zohreh Seyfi

Winners

A) Resident of Iran

1. “Piece for Two or Three Channels” fixed media (Afshin Motlaghfard)

 2. “Shin” fixed media (Deniz Tafaghodi)                                                    

3. “Daramad” for 3 Sopranos and Fixed media (Ali Balighi)                    

              

Other Selected works

A) Resident of Iran

“A Place to Sleep” for Soprano and fixed media (Vahid Alahverdi), “Something About 1130 cm^3” fixed media (Sepideh Yaftian), “Everything Has Changed Without Preamble” for Soprano and fixed media (Sepideh Yaftian), “Sazo Avaze Nava” fixed media (Masoud Hedayati)

B) Residing Outside of Iran

“Engasht” fixed media (Arezou Rezaei)

Tehran International Electronic Music Festival

“Tehran International Electronic Music Festival” was founded in 2017 by Yarava Music Group just one year after the first round of the Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition “Reza Korourian Awards”, with the aim of creating a basis for technical and aesthetic subjects, as well as composing and performing electronic music through the expansion of international interactions. Achieving this goal had been started in the first year of competition by collaboration with the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. From the second year of the competition and with the foundation of the festival, the “Aristotle University of Thessaloniki” and “Luigi Cherubini Conservatory” joined the festival. From the second year of the festival, “University of Tehran” also joined and these collaborations continue till today.  Over the past four years, the festival has performed over 250 pieces of electronic music (fixed media and live electronics), video art, performance and installation from around the world. It has also held numerous scientific activities such as workshops, master classes, seminars, lectures, review sessions, etc. The 4th Tehran International Electronic Music Festival is organized this year by the Yarava Music Group and the University of Tehran in collaboration with the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory and the “Freiburg University of Music”.

4th Tehran International Electronic Music Festival 2020

Festival Director

Mehdi Jalali

Artistic Director

Sara Abazari

Scheduling Group and Art Advisors

Alfonso Belfiore, Farzia Fallah, Farhad Ilaghi Hosseini, Mohsen Mirmehdi, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Hassan Sheidaei, Gelareh Soleimani, Madjid Tahriri

Holding Committee

Amin Khoshsabk, Ehsan Nazari, Ashkan Rahbarian, Soheil Tabatabaei

Thanks to

Korourian Family, Tehran Municipal Cultural and Artistic Organization, Sarv Cultural Center, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Digital Media Center, Multimedia Production Lab of Luigi Cherubini Conservatory Florence, 8Arti Cultural Association Florence, Il corpo, la luce, Il suono festival – Florence

Many Thanks To

Shahram Saremi, Dr. Azin Movahed, Anahita Abbasi, Ali Maghazei

Department of Music of Tehran University

Dean of the Faculty of Fine Art

Dr. Shahin Heydari

Head of the Faculty of Music

Dr. Hooman Asadi

Expert in Charge

Ehsan Abaee

Chair of the Contemporary Music Center of Tehran University

Sara Abazari, PhD

Director of Public Relations

Rojin Monibi

Executive Committee

Niloufar Shahbazi, Pouria Lachini, Ghazale Moqanaki