BADIE KHALEGHIAN

COMPOSER | MULTIMEDIA ARTIST | EDUCATOR

NEW PROJECTS

Unchained

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UNCHAINED is a collaborative intermedia project [by Caroline Owen – pianist and movement artist, Kyle Sharkey – painter, and I (Badie Khaleghian) – composer and sound artist] inspired by women’s resilience and bravery. If awarded, we present a live performance program of two interactive, intermedia works to the Houston public. While these two musical works vary in their length, narratives, and use of technology, they both synthesize live piano, movement, and interactive visual art and audio to tell the stories of women who undergo anxiety and struggle in their individual searches for authenticity and truth.

The first work, Tahirih the Pure, is a 15-minute piece for solo piano and live painting that illuminates the life of the titular heroine, who was a Middle Eastern poet, philosopher, theologian, and women’s rights activist. The work narrates Tahirih’s rejection of traditional religious ideologies for her more progressive ideals; this ultimately culminated in her radically heroic decision to unveil her hijab before an assemblage of men at a conference––a move that resulted in her execution. The title of our proposed project, UNCHAINED, is taken in part from the second movement’s title of the same name and recalls Tahirih’s shedding of tradition in favor of equal rights for women. The visual scenes, would illuminate the musical narrative performed by Caroline on piano and be projected for the audience to experience.

The second work, Electric Sky Blue, resulted from a year-long collaborative exploration of storytelling through sound, visuals, movements, and technology with Caroline Owen. Inspired by a poem by Caroline, the piece abstractly follows the poem’s surface narrative while simultaneously outlining a broader journey––one that evolves from themes of birth and innocence to anxiety and struggle, finally leading to a sense of newfound resilience and authenticity.

Sounds of Freedom

“Sounds of Freedom” is a collaborative performance project between four pianists and four Iranian composers. For the first stage, composers will be commissioned to write new works for solo piano (with/without electronics), each 6-8 minutes in length, inspired by protest songs from Iran’s active “Women-Life-Freedom” movement.

SANDBOX DREAMS

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SANDBOX DREAMS is a 20–30 minute multidisciplinary dynamic installation that incorporates projection, sound design, live dance, and live piano. The work will be created by four artists: Ben Howard (dancer and choreographer), Badie Khaleghian (multimedia artist), Caroline Owen (pianist), and Daniel Smith (composer and sound designer).

For this installation, we chose to come together as a quartet of artists who represent multiple artistic disciplines. We believe that this type of multidisciplinary collaboration holds an artistically meaningful purpose in forging connections across art forms. Utilizing our varied disciplines in combination with technology provides us more tools to create multi-layered work. Our approach to this installation also engages multiple human senses, allowing audience members to experience art in a multi-dimensional way and connect with live music, dance, and interactive visuals and audio simultaneously.

It is our mission as an artistic team to give audiences a unique experience that is both interactive and immersive. On multiple levels, our installation explores the idea of roles and the moments when their lines become blurred. As performers, Ben and Caroline bring two different roles of dancer and pianist, respectively, into the work. We intend to manipulate this separation of roles in the piece, however, as Caroline is also a dancer and as Ben will interact with the digital piano during the performance segment of the installation. Our installation encourages audiences to question their role in the space, as well. We want this work to invite people into a space of creativity and play, where they can experiment and actively participate in artmaking as “performers.” We believe that access to art and creativity enhances people’s lives and brings people together. In traditional concert settings, there is often an invisible wall separating performer from audience, generating an atmosphere of formality and rigidity. This proposed project breaks down this barrier and allows the audience to contribute to the performance. Our installation is for anyone who has the desire to engage with interactive technology and live performing arts.

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