Winner of the 2017 BASCA British Composer Award for Innovation, Shiva Feshareki is an experimental composer, radio presenter and turntablist of British Iranian heritage. Her work explores the sound of electricity through a wide range of practices and collaborative processes incorporating classical methodology.
Shiva will be leading our second Both Sides Now residency taking place in Leeds in March. You can book tickets to the final performance which will act as the opening of Sounds Like THIS Festival in Leeds on Monday 12 March here.
Shiva Feshareki’s Spotify Playlist
Kailasha — Eliane Radigue
Beautiful, deep, meditative music, intricately crafted. Truly transcendental, mind-altering music.
Collage #1 (“Blue Suede”) — James Tenney
I love this abstract remix/manipulation of Elvis Presley’s song Blue Suede Shoes, created not long after the original release.
The Expanding Universe — Laurie Spiegal
Deeply drone, minimal and expansive work, that makes you lose track of time as you know it. A classic track that truly makes time and space feel like one.
Come Out — Steve Reich
I particularly like Reich’s early work including this gem. Composed in 1966, it was originally part of a benefit presented at Town Hall, of the six boys arrested for murder during the Harlem riots of 1964. The voice is that of Daniel Hamm, now acquitted and then 19, describing a beating he took in Harlem’s 28th precinct. The police were only taking those that were visibly bleeding to the hospital, since Daniel Hamm had no bleeding he proceeded to squeeze open a bruise on his leg. Reich samples his voice: “I had to like open the bruise up and let some of the bruise blood come out to show them.”
Persian Surgery Dervishes: Performance 2, Part 2 — Terry Riley
More transcendental sounds from a visionary era in music, created through deep improvisation.
Deep Listening: Lear — Pauline Oliveros
Oliveros took a group of collaborators to an underground cistern to improvise using the space and powerful acoustics in the water reservoire. They didn’t plan anything but to simply respond to the space and each other. The result being one of her most seminal records.
Rings of Saturn — Kit Downes
Kit Downes created this album by improvising on a variety of organs in a variety of spaces across the country, taking inspiration from the specific quirks of each instrument and the space they were built in. With the organ, this is an instrument that is truly at one with the architecture of the space it is in, and Kit makes the most of this expansiveness in his sensitive compositions.
Consciousness — Photek
One of my favourite artists to sample using vinyl. This track is a favourite.
But It Was Like 30 Intros In A Row — Machine Woman
Machine Woman is a really exciting electronic artist pushing boundaries with her unique and uncompromising sound and style.