ARASH MAJD | COMPOSER
His latest work, "Continuum: Cause and Effect" has been described as "Wild kingdom of a piece" by the San Francisco Classical Voice. Dr. Arash Majd is inspired by the utilization of timbre as the primary—and pitch as the secondary—element of form in his latest works. He sometimes creates form through the imitation or contrast of timbres between similar or dissimilar instruments, and at other times encourages structures of phrase, section and form to grow out of the continuity of sound driven from forward motion or variation of colors.
As a composer, Dr. Majd has collaborated with many exceptional soloists and ensembles, including Dr. Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, Tina Guo, Peter Yates, Lars Hoefs, Maksim Velichin, yarn/wire ENSEMBLE, Winsor Trio, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Friction Quartet, Elements of Nimbus Ensemble, Ball State
University Saxophone Quartet, choreographers Batina Essaka
Stefan Poetzsch, Lyris Quartet, Ensemble TM+, Brightwork newmusic, and Joseph Pereira.
His latest commissions are Ursula Krummel Commission for the 2023 Hear Now Music Festival and a new work for USC Percussion Group commissioned by Joseph Pereira, the principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been nominated for the American Prize and the ASCAP/SCI composition competition in Region 7, and has won the ASCAP/SCI composition competition at Ball State University. He holds a BM, 2012, from California State University, Northridge, where he studied with Liviu Marinescu. He received an MA, 2016, and PhD, 2020, in music composition from the University of California, Los Angeles, studying composition and orchestration with Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, Richard Danielpour, and Bruce Broughton. During his studies at UCLA, he composed music for all artists in residence, conducted research about the correlation between timbre and form in musical composition, and received numerous scholarships and fellowships from UCLA’s composition department. Dr. Arash Majd is published by Babelscores.