One of the elements of CTM’s 2017 programme is a collaboration with the Tehran-based SET Festival for experimental art in the interest of presenting works at the forefront of the Iranian capital’s electronic music scene.
A concert on February 1st features performances by Ata Ebtekar aka Sote, a sound artist and the founder of SET Festival, as well as CTM debuts by Siavash Amini and 9T Antiope. All three acts represent a scene that is flourishing thanks to Iranian citizens’ ingenuity and resourcefulness in making the most of the piecemeal reform that has occurred over the past several years. In this talk the day after the concert, the artists will speak with Karl Smith of the Quietus about the cultural climate and burgeoning sound art scene in Iran.
Hosted by The Quietus.
9T Antiope is the Iranian duo of Sara Bigdeli Shamloo and Nima Aghiani. They combine acoustic instrumentation with voice and atmospheric electronics to bring alien and often-contradictory cultural worlds to light.
Ata Ebtekar, better known as Sote, is an electronic music composer and sound artist based in Tehran, Iran. Over the last two decades, he has published his work via established labels such as Warp, Sub Rosa, Opal Tapes, Morphine, Digitalis, and Repitch, among others.
Karl Smith is the Reviews, Social and Literary Editor of the UK-based independent music website The Quietus. He writes about music, art, literature and contemporary popular culture (and cultures) in the digital age. He has previously written for Dazed, CRACK, The White Review and Protein, among other publications.
Siavash Amini is a prominent Iranian instrumentalist and producer living in Tehran. His evocative soundscapes combine granular synthesis and controlled noise with ambient music and modern classical composition.