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Fri 3 May

Memory Sounds

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Friday 3 May, 7pm

The Lowry Galleries

Join us for the closing performance of Nikta Mohammadi’s exhibition Memory Stone at The Lowry. The event will feature a special screening of Mohammadi’s film Memory Stone, accompanied by a live score led by the composer Babak Mirsalari (Synthesiser, Keys), featuring Atefeh Einali (Santoor) and Parisa Pirzadeh (Violin, Gheychak).

The evening will conclude with a sharing and response to Memory Stone by writer and filmmaker Dan Guthrie, who will also lead a Q&A with Nikta Mohammadi.

Babak Mirsalari

Babak Mirsalari is an Iranian composer and sound designer based in Hebden bridge. His work involves Keyboard instruments (Piano, Synthesisers…), drum machine, field recordings and film aesthetics to tell stories. Previously he’s worked with Opera North, BBC and Institute of Contemporary Arts among others.

Dan Guthrie

Dan Guthrie is an artist who often works with the moving image to explore representations and mis-representations of Black Britishness with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. Recent presentations of his work include Devonshire Collective, Prismatic Ground, Berlinale Forum Expanded and the Independent Cinema Office and LUX’s Right of Way screening tour.

Atefeh Einali

Atefeh Einali is a Santoor player and composer. She has worked closely with performers, composers and conductors, with various commissions such as Southbank Symphony Orchestra, Coma London, Symphony Verbum orchestra, Bridges Orchestra (Frankfurt), the Migrant Voices residency programme by Olympias Music Foundation, the Psappha Composing for Sitar scheme, International Guitar Foundation (IGF) and IFCA (Iranian female composers association).

Parisa Pirzadeh

Parisa Pirzadeh started playing the violin at the age of 10 when she was sent to Tehran Music School to study music. She also plays Viola and Gheychak (one of the most ancient string instruments). Prior to graduation, she started professional career as a violist in Tehran symphony orchestra for four continuous years. She won the plaque of honour for her album ‘Vocalise’ from Fajr international music festival in Tehran. In the UK, she has performed in various Orchestra as a Viola player, including Queen Charlotte Orchestra made up of entirely women of color to celebrate the release of queen charlotte: a Bridgerton story on Netflix.