Rojin Sharafi

Kelham Island Museum - Saturday Pt3

Rojin Sharafi is a sound artist and composer of acoustic, electro-acoustic, and electronic music. Her music crosses borders of different genres and keenly grabs from many musical buckets such as noise, folk, ambient, metal, and contemporary music. Her recent album Urns Waiting To Be Fed debuted in September via Zabte Sote / Opal Tapes labels and reviewed by The Quietus as “the unexpected” and “one of the most ecstatic and fiercely original hours of music”. She has performed in festivals such as SET x CTM 2018 in Tehran, Unsafe+Sounds 2018, and Hyperreality 2019 both in Vienna. In addition, her work has been presented internationally in cities like Basel, Berlin, Gent, New York City, and Washington DC. In 2019, she was invited as an artist in residence at Gouvernement in Belgium and in 2020 she will begin a new residency through Space21 and Borderline Festival in Athens and Kurdistan. She was awarded the 2018 Austrian female Composers prize at Wien Modern Festival. Rojin Sharafi is academically pursuing her masters in sound engineering and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where she is delving into a deeper research in digital music performance.

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1995, Rojin Sharafi is a Vienna-based Sound artist, composer and sound engineer and the winner of the 2018 Austrian female Composers prize. Her recent album Urns Waiting To Be Fed debuted in September via Zabte Sote / Opal Tapes labels and reviewed by The Quietus as “the unexpected” and “one of the most ecstatic and fiercely original hours of music”. She composes acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic music for solo performance and also in collaboration for various interdisciplinary projects in film, dance, and music ensembles. Besides Vienna, her music has been performed in different cities such as Basel, Berlin, Ghent, Tehran and Washington DC. She has performed her electro-acoustic music performance “Gwat”, “roam” and “embody” in festivals such as SET x CTM 2018 in Tehran, Unsafe+Sounds 2018, and Hyperreality 2019 in Vienna. She has collaborated with different soloists and ensembles like Black Page Orchestra, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble United Berlin, and has also made work for various productions in dance and film such as an Arte Creative production. Through her creative experiences she has developed her own unique musical language where the borders of genre is crossed by mixing different elements of epoch and classes, such as Noise, Folk, Ambient, Metal, and contemporary music. In her higher education studies, Rojin Sharafi focuses on cinema, theatre, and music studies in order to make interdisciplinary dialogues between music and different mediums. This approach appears especially in her experiments with form and structure. Fusion texture, narrative layers, and formalistic approaches are some of her strongest musical trademarks. She is a student of composition and sound engineering at the University of music and performing arts Vienna.