Tannaz Farsi’s work highlights and represents objects and images that contextually start from a collective experience found within the milieu of our cultural archive. Central to the work is the notion of fragmentation, structural blindness, and individual agency. Tannaz works with materials and forms that are easily recognizable, using our familiarity to tease out a common language that is at once analytical and physical and allows for a complexity of meaning to develop through arrangement, organization and form. Her work is project-based and her studio practice crosses a range of mediums such as sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital media. She is interested in the friction that is instigated within the mixing of these conventions, whether it is an aesthetic structure that informs a political commentary or an attempt to bring an irrational idea or an idea that does not have definitive form into a physical structure. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Disjecta Art Center (Portland), Pitzer College Art Galleries, Tacoma Art Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and The Sculpture Center (Cleveland). Her work has been supported through grants and awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Oregon and the Ford Family Foundation, where she was named a Hallie Ford Fellow (2014). Born in Iran, Farsi lives and works in Eugene, where she is on the faculty at the University of Oregon.
Shirin Ehya is an Iranian-American designer who was raised between Iran and the States during their most turbulent period of relations. The pursuit to combine elements from both cultures influences her designs on a deep level.
From one side she is constantly drawn to understated simplicity, seen in the clean, spare shapes of her designs. The Persian elements blend subtly along the lines, in shimmering, intricate mirror work or delicate lattice patterns.
Shirin successfully launched her first collection, Isfahan during Design Days Dubai 2014. This collection was followed by other new collections and exhibitions around the world.
Ehya is currently based in California, where she also started an interior architecture and design firm. She is also working on a new furniture and accessories collection.
Roya Falahi is an artist who was born in Washington D.C., but she currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Roya received her BA in Studio Art from UC Irvine and her MFA in Photography from UCLA in 2006. Her artwork has been included in several exhibitions. Roya has had solo shows at the Vincent Price Art Museum and the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly University in Pomona, CA.
Asad Faulwell is an artist based in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from UCSB in 2005 before receiving his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2008. While at Claremont he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Asad's work is featured in many private and public collections, including the Oppenheimer Collection at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, the Rubell Collection in Miami, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Franks-Suss Collection in London. His work has been written about in ArtForum, the Huffington Post, Harper's Bazaar Art, the N.Y. Times, the L.A. Times, and L.A. Weekly. Asad is currently represented by the Kravets/Wehby Gallery in New York, the Bill Brady Gallery in Miami, and the Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery in Dubai.
Amir H. Fallah is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Amir received his B.F.A. from The Maryland Institute College of Art and his M.F.A from UCLA in 2005. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Exhibits include shows at the Nerman Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Sharjah Biennial 2009, LA Louver, the Third Line, Gallery Wendi Norris, Charlie James Gallery, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 18th Street Art Center, Cherry And Martin, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, and Mary Goldman Gallery, among others.
Amir has been a visiting lecturer at a range of respected institutions, including Columbia College, USC, UCLA, Cleveland Institute of Art, California State University, University Of New Mexico, Otis College Of Art, and Maryland Institute College of Art.
If you want to talk style or you want career and lifestyle tips, think Keemia Ferasat. She is the founder of Style Salute, a mission-driven media and commerce brand described best as "The Huffington Post for the modern woman" (www.stylesalute.com). Style Salute is a new media and commerce startup that inspires confidence and creativity in women through inspirational and informative content across multiple platforms. The mission is to provide an online destination that will empower women to live more stylish, smarter, and independent lives. Ferasat began her career as the founder of KEEMIA, a line of high-end cocktail dresses, which sold to over 50 stores nationwide and online. The brand was featured in leading publications such as ELLE, Marie Claire, Brides, Daily Candy, InTouch, Lucky, and more.
Ferasat has her finger firmly on the pulse of today's changing media landscape— and she has a hunch that speaking personal style and personal beauty is what women are craving today. Keemia has always had an interest in the idea of helping women take ownership of their personal style, careers, and beauty routines and Style Salute, which launched in July 2016, is the culmination of that idea. For women of this generation, technology is enabling self-expression, but most importantly self-acceptance, in a tremendous, unprecedented way. Accordingly, Style Salute is the first part of the mission to really help women get the information that will help them live their lives more confidently.
Style Salute speaks to readers in an inclusive voice, with content that is contextually relevant, authentic and shoppable. All of the content on Style Salute is very inspiring. There is much utility in the products and tutorials presented, and each piece of content drives an immediate action, inspiring women to try, buy, or share. Looking forward, Keemia would like to see Style Salute re-invent the way women shop and consume content.
Keemia is an established figure in the Iranian-American community and she is also the Los Angeles chair of Persian Tech Entrepreneurs (www.wearepte.com).
Kristina Esfandiari is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer from the Bay Area now residing in New York City. Kristina is the front person of profound four piece doom band known as King Woman. In addition, she has several other projects: a post-punk band called Whatever World, an alternative rock band called Miserable, and a R&B project called Nghtcrwlr. Kristina also owns a label and collective called Nightcrawler Limited.
Ghasem Ebrahimian is an award-winning ﬁlmmaker who came to the U.S. in 1974 to study cinema. He graduated from SUNY Purchase in 1979. His thesis ﬁlm, Willie, earned him a student Academy Award and was shown in festivals around the world and on Public Television’s Independent Focus. Ghasem formed EbraFilms with Coleen Higgins in 1980, and the company has produced over forty documentaries for Italian and French television, among other commercial productions.
His feature ﬁlm The Suitors, which he wrote and directed, was an ofﬁcial selection for Cannes Film Festival in 1988 and was nominated for Camera d’OR.
In 1997, Ghasem began his collaboration with Shirin Neshat on a number of ﬁlmed video Installations as director of photography and co-writer. In addition to this collaboration, Ghasem has worked on a number of documentaries. He has been a visiting faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, teaching a course on directing.
Saba Farhoudnia is a contemporary visual artist based in New York City. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and she migrated to the United States in 2013. She graduated from the University of Science and Culture (USC) in Tehran with a BFA in Painting and an MA in Art Research. Apart from her professional practices, she is also a 2019 MFA in Painting candidate at the prestigious LeRoy E. Huffbeger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
She started her artistic activities (calligraphy, animation, drawing, painting, and playing Persian traditional instruments) at an early age. As a maturing adolescent, she discovered her distinct style and fondness for painting by exploring deeply personal subject matters.
Because of a chronic back problem, her images changed; understanding her suffering led her to wish for all humans and animals to have a greater understanding of their own condition. From that point on, she began calling herself the painter of pains, wishes, and regrets.
As an Iranian artist who started knowing art through literature and calligraphy at a very young age, she always likes to tell stories through representational objects. The elements that she uses are integral in arousing responses from the viewer.
Rodin Hamidi was born in 1983 in Tehran, Iran. He is an independent cinematographer, director, and fine art photographer based in New York City. Rodin holds a B.A. in Fine Arts Photography from Azad University of Arts in Tehran and a Bachelor of Honors in Film Production from Middlesex University. After moving to the States in 2011, he graduated with a degree in Advanced Cinematography from the New York Film Academy.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and living and working in San Francisco, Taraneh Hemami engages in diverse strategies including installation, object and media productions, and collective and participatory projects to explore themes of displacement, preservation, and representation. Examining the careful crafting of images as propagated for power and political gain, Taraneh’s recent handcrafted replications of historical archives serve as commemoratives to events, places, and people while commenting on tools of manipulation and persuasion used across nations and histories. Her collective and curatorial projects create connections through experimental projects between artists, writers, and scholars while promoting and provoking dialogue as part of their process and presentation. These works explore various topics, from martyrdom to reflections of the everyday.
Ari Honarvar is the founder of Rumi With A View, dedicated to Rumi translation, performance, and visual poetry art. She blends Persian calligraphy and paintings to present Rumi’s poetry in new and evocative ways.
In her performances she collaborates with musicians and dancers of different cultures and presents a dynamic program including poems in Farsi and English, Rumi stories, and Ari’s own encounters with the soul-saving power of poetry. She has recently joined Musical Ambassadors of Peace to help build poetry and musical bridges across war torn borders.
Ari is a writer and speaker and her work has been featured at various universities, events, and on NPR, TV , Elephant Journal, Alternet, The Establishment, and the Huffington Post. Her oracle card set and book, Rumi's Gift is forthcoming in 2017 by Schiffer Publishing.
Born in Iran and a long time resident of the Washington DC Metro area, Farideh (ne Taghizadeh) Hooshiar is a Tehran University sociology graduate, a mom, a grandmother, a cross word puzzle aficionado, a former teacher, and a current collage artist, quilt maker, and homespun philosopher.
Sara Goudarzi is a Brooklyn writer and editor. Born in Tehran, she was raised in Iran, Kenya and the U.S. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic News, The Christian Science Monitor, Scientific American, Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, The Adirondack Review, The Globe and Mail and Drunken Boat and featured in an upcoming poetry anthology. Sara is the author of Amazing Animals and four other titles from Scholastic Inc. She recently completed her first novel and is at work on a second.
Sara holds an M.A. from New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and an M.S. from Rutgers University. She has taught writing at NYU and mediabistro.
An avid performer of poetry, Sara has collaborated and performed with other artists on various musical projects.
Milad Mozari is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work in video, performance, and sculpture moves through the complex role of mobile sites and their associated norms and behavior. While studying for his BS in International Studies at the University of Utah, he began to make and exhibit work about language and place. He continued his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received an MFA in the Department of Sound. He has presented works and lectures in the United States, Ireland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea. His research-based practice often starts with sound experimentations, which then grow into larger transitory performances dealing with issues of socio-economic status, labor, and personal histories. He currently lives in Chicago where he teaches at SAIC in the Departments of AIADO and Sculpture.
Sam Hale is a soulful Persian/American singer-songwriter residing in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Iran and moved to America at the age of seven. He's since dedicated his life to creating honest and relatable music.
Azita Houshiar is a lapsed attorney, writer, illustrator, storyteller and TEDxTehran 2016 speaker. Azita is the CEO and founder of Zeerak Media, a digital marketing agency. She also has a podcast and a blog about the food and culture of Iran.
Daria Izad is an Iranian-American artist who was born in Long Island, New York. She creates abstract, open ended ceramic vessels that sidestep functionality, using minimal engobe and glaze to attract attention to the subtle textures of hand worked clay. These sculptural objects are typically displayed alongside intimate relics from her life and heritage. Her work references familial nostalgia, identity, and childhood memories through the daily practice of object making, gathering, and curating. Daria received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 and is a current Master of Fine Arts candidate at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Born and raised in Iran, Aida lives and paints full-time in New York City. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and a Master’s in Urban Planning, and was Teaching Assistant in mixed media at Art Students League of New York (2012-14). Aida's recent solo exhibitions include Transcendence (NYC, 2015) and Revelation (Los Angeles, 2013), and her recent group shows include States of Being in Abstract (NYC, 2016), Art Brief II: Iranian Contemporary North America (Santa Monica, 2016), and In the Abstract (Setauket, 2016). Aida has won many awards and accolades, including Artist in Residency at Stony Brook University in New York (2017), the Fantasy Fountain Fund Painting Fellowship in Paris, France (2014), and the Jeffery Berman Director’s Award in Mixed Media.
ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) are stencil artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2006, the two brothers have contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through their striking stencil work that depicting human rights, ecological justice, social and political issues. Their work appears on walls and galleries throughout the Iran, USA, Germany, China, Norway, and globally.They transcend their histories of artistic and political censorship by using public art to envision a world freed from borders, war and gun violence.
- Born in Tehran, Iran in 1947.
- Left in 1965 for a 7-year stay in Jerusalem.
- Has lived the USA since 1973, in N. California from 1982 to present.
- Began writing poems in 1989
- Received an Artist Grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation (2001) to publish a collection of her poetry, "Hummingbird Conditions", in a letterpress limited edition, to be used as sample books to teach a series of workshops on poetry and handmade bookmaking to children in the Ecumenical Hunger Project’s summer program in E. Palo Alto.
- Received a grant from the Clay and Glass Arts Foundation (2003) for her project, "Personal Narratives in Poetry and Clay", a series of workshops for children in the Boys and Girls Club in E. Palo Alto.
- US Readings: Numerous venues in the San Francisco Bay Area - Washington DC.
- International Readings: London, England - Penrith, England - St Andrews, Scotland.
PUBLICATIONS BY ESTHER KAMKAR
- Book "Hum of Bees"
2011, published by Ziba Press, printed by Blurb and available here.
- Book "Hummingbird Conditions"
2002, Ziba Press, Peter Koch Letterpress Printing Studios. Also printed by Tollbooth Press, in photocopied form.
- Chapbook "A Leopard in My Pocket" 1998.
Published in many literary journals, Esther Kamkar's poetry has also been anthologized in The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora.
- Bellowing Ark, Shoreline, Washington
- The Monserrat Review, San Jose, California
- The Sandhill Review, Stanford, California
- Present Time, Seattle, Washigton
- Department of Justice, Corrections Academy Curriculum
and many others.
Pianist and composer Tara Kamangar has performed to capacity audiences in North America, Europe and the Middle East, in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall and Cadogan Hall. Her orchestral engagements have included concertos of Beethoven, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, and Rachmaninoff as well as the American premieres of Aminollah Hossein's piano concertos.
As a composer, Tara's works are featured on the Delos/ Naxos and Evidence Classics/ Harmonia Mundi record labels. She has incorporated Kurdish folk music into her compositions, and composed for documentary.
An avid recording artist, Tara's solo album “East of Melancholy” reached the top twenty of the classical Billboard chart and streamed aboard Virgin America flights. It was reviewed as "an alluring compilation...rendered with passionate, soulful conviction" (New York Times), "exquisite" (NPR), and "intellectually and inspirationally, a captivating recital" (American Record Guide).
Tara is a co-founder of the urban-classical project Triptyq Sessions which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes classical chart, with videos premiered by Billboard and Yahoo Music. She has also toured extensively as a violinist.
Tara is an honors graduate of Harvard (Social Anthropology) and London’s Royal Academy of Music (Piano Performance).
Soprano "in-excelsis" Delaram Kamareh "has a reputation for being fearless " (Grant Gershon). Her voice was recently described by the Chicago Tribune as having a "blindingly pure timbre" and climbing to "unearthly heights". A true coloratura, "silver throated" and "from somewhere in antiquity" stageandcinema, with "stupendously high notes and long leaps not heard since Yma Sumac," laopus, Delaram has quickly established herself as an outstanding young interpreter of contemporary classical music, with a "purity in her voice that is easy to enjoy, pin-point technique, and a remarkable range" Allisyar. Equally comfortable singing classically as she is combining her multi-cultural influences, this diversity in vocal technique, range and genres allows her to express that syncretic versatility which is much sought after in the contemporary music world.
Delaram has "excelled" latimes, in solo appearances with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Cornelia in the "triumphant reworking" latimes of Composer Lou Harrison's Young Caesar, and in Esa Pekka Salonen‘s Wing on Wing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She has performed works by Vivaldi and Porpora with Interpreti Veneziani, a chamber ensemble specializing in baroque repertoire for the 2017 Venice Biennale, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Tan Dun‘s Water Passion after St. Matthew under the baton of Maestro Grant Gershon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, with Grammy® award winning Southwest Chamber Orchestra where she sang a "veritable minefield of a soprano part" in Oliver Knussen‘s Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh at the Huntington Library, and a frequent performer with The Industry, Delaram has starred in the local Emmy award winning and pulitzer prize nominated KCET artbound‘s documentary about the world premiere of the acclaimed operatic adaptation of Italo Calvino‘s novel Invisible Cities, in collaboration with Benjamin Millepied‘s LA Dance project; the first opera of its kind utilizing wireless headphones, and set within the beautiful structure of the Los Angeles Union Station. She returned the following season as the protagonist in Hopscotch, a mobile opera in 24 limousines where she was hailed for her performance by The New Yorker magazine.
Born and raised in Tehran, Delaram was awarded a scholarship from the opera department at UCLA after moving to the United States. In addition to her contemporary music projects she has sung the more traditional roles of Blonde in Die Eintführung aus dem Serail, the title roles in both Lakmé and Doña Francisquita, and was a soloist in Bach‘s St. John Passion. Her voice can be heard on several motion picture soundtracks including Romeo and Juliet and Heaven is for real, in addition to Josh Groban‘s new single, Anthem. No stranger to performing, at age seven she was at ease in front of the camera in the conservative world of Iranian National Television, continuing her childhood career well into her teens. She last starred in a popular comedy directed by celebrated Iranian director, Marzieh Boroumand.
Delaram's upcoming engagements include returning to the Walt Disney Concert Hall the following season to create the role of La Sirena in Yuval Sharon's production of War of the Worlds by Annie Gosfield with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing works from the baroque era with Interpreti Veneziani in Venice Italy, debuting with Opera Omaha, and appearing as Hermione in composer Pauline Oliveros' Nubian Word for Flowers at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.
A voice from the east with beautiful command over a western art form: ―Delaram Kamareh. "Remember that name...one to keep your eyes and ears on in the coming years." Allisyar
Mitra Jouhari is a writer/comedian who lives in Brooklyn. She currently writes for a new show on Comedy Central. Prior to that she was working at Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She performs with the group Three Busy Debras, the Holy Fuck Comedy Hour, and Michael Jordan Steakhouse. She co-hosts the monthly shows "It's A Guy Thing" at Union Hall and "You Are Heard" at the Annoyance, as well as appearing in the plays "Groundhog Date," "Slice of Life", and "Three Busy Debras" at the Annoyance Theater. TV/Film Credits Include: The Big Sick, Friends From College, and Full Frontal, as well as videos for the New Yorker, IFC, Comedy Central, Above Average, Refinery29's RIOT, and more. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Reality Beach, Splitsider, Flaunt Magazine, Rookie, and Reductress. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, the NY Comedy Festival, and many more. Follow her on twitter @tweetrajouhari.
Amir K has been entertaining audiences for nearly 10 years, performing live across the U.S. and on relevision. His fun, unique approach to storytelling brings audiences together through his improvisational talent, characters, and charisma. Born in Iran and raised in Southern California, Amir offers a unique point of view shaped by his multi-cultural upbringing.
Amir currently stars in the primetime CW reboot of MADtv and has been seen on Comedy Central, NBC's Last Comic Standing and MTV's Jerks with Cameras. Amir is best known for his stand-up comedy, but is also an accomplished actor. He won a SAG award for his role in the Oscar winning film Argo and recently starred in the FOX feature film The Pyramid opposite Denis O'Hare and Ashley Grace.
Amir can be seen live headlining comedy clubs and theaters all over the U.S. as well as internationally.
Maryam Javaheri was born in Tehran and received her Fine Arts degree from Tehran University. After some advanced study in Europe, she continued her fine arts education at New York University and the Art Students League in New York in the early 1960s. Independently, she has worked under the tutorledge of prominent American painters Ad Reinhardt, Adolf Gottlieb, and Will Barnett. She has won several awards, and has had numerous single and group shows in the United States and Iran. She has also participated in a few international exhibitions. Her works include painting, collage, and sculpture (both freestanding and wall-hung). Maryam's style is non-objective, using strong, simple colors and forms to create each composition. Her work has been reviewed by renowned art historians and journalists.
Called "...one of the wonders of world trance music" by the Los Angeles Times, Mamak Khadem captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. By nature, she is a nomad, one who thrives on open spaces. By occupation, she is a bridge, one that connects geography to lore. In music, she is open to cultural influences, but she has chosen the classical Persian style as her base. Formerly of the sensational cross-cultural fusion ensemble Axiom of Choice, Mamak weaves a canopy, both simple and rich, for a stunningly emotional and spiritual musical experience that inspires new listeners to embrace cultural diversity and an awareness and appreciation of Persian arts and culture through a blending of old and new.
The Road, Mamak's newest project, continues a journey started with her celebrated first solo album Jostojoo. Following her passion for new influences, Mamak has crossed borders from various regions in Iran to Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Morocco, and Indonesia. Searching for common threads and powerful traditional melodies remains a driving force behind her music, and she uses elements from her Iranian heritage (such as the poetry of Rumi) to re-imagine a song from other cultures, times, and places. The freedom of her musical expression is intoxicating.
Mamak Khadem was born in Iran at a time when tides were changing. She was part of the Children's Choir for the National Radio and Television of Iran, but it wasn't until after the Iranian Revolution that her passion for singing waxed. Inspired by works of master musicians, she seized every opportunity to further her vocal art, regularly traveling back to Iran to study with some of the finest Persian vocalists and masters. She also benefited from the study of classical Indian singing tradition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in Northern California and fromsinging with the Los Angeles based Balkan choir Nevenka.
Sameh Khalatbari is a San Francisco-based artist and illustrator, born in Tehran, Iran. She graduated form the University of Tehran with a Masters of Fine Art Magna Cum Laude degree. She has exhibited her work internationally in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, and throughout California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2013 she was granted a genius visa from the United States government and for residence in California. Sameh is a contemporary surrealist painter and reveals her life experience and thoughts through familiar Persian symbols and aesthetically composed conceptually layered artworks. Traditional Islamic symmetrical painting (which she has made and studied extensively) has influenced her art works with symbols both prominently featured and subtlety revealed. Sameh is also a children's book illustrator. She is experienced in a wide variety of illustration styles and she published her first book, The Wisdom of the Yaqui the Bear, in 2015.
Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and translator working across the mediums of video, performance, installation, and writing. Born and raised in Tehran and living in Los Angeles, she envisions the city as an imaginary space between asylum as “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee” and the more dated meaning of the word, “an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill.” Gelare is the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2015 Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She is the co-founder of contemptorary.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Khorramian lives and works in upstate New York. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received her undergraduate degree at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her MFA at Columbia University in New York. Khorramian has exhibited internationally, participating in shows at MASS MOCA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Basel Statements in Switzerland, Ballroom Marfa in Texas, the Istanbul Museum of Art, the Sundance Film festival, the Midnight Moment in Times Square and the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia. In 2013, she published her first limited edition artist book, Include Amplified Toilet Water.
Tara Khozein is a classical singer and theater maker, investigating the kaleidoscopic combinations of music and theater. She holds a BM in classical vocal performance from NMSU; an Artist Diploma in physical theatre from École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France; and has studied singing privately France, Germany, Italy and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
At Lecoq, Tara studied applied movement, improvisation, acrobatics, and collaborative (devised) creation in styles including mime, melodrama, full and half-mask, tragedy, buffoon, and clown. She also became interested in the vocalese style of jazz singing and made her living as a singer in clubs, bars, and restaurants around the Paris. She also established a vocal studio of over 30 students.
Tara moved to Santa Fe in 2014 to continue her study of classical singing and be part of the high desert's immersive art movement. She now performs and creates new work with a variety of artists and arts organizations including Theater Grottesco, Meow Wolf, and Strangers Collective. She also teaches theater to children and teens at Santa Fe Performing Arts.
Tara aims to raise the level of theater in the classical music world, create opportunities to perform contemporary classical music, devise new works of music-theater, and foster an audience that is diverse in every way. She believes that if a performer infuses their work with a magical combination of humanity and humor, and tempers craftsmanship with exquisite folly, they can touch the hearts of any audience.
Amy Khoshbin is an Iranian-American, Brooklyn-based artist merging performance, video, collage, costume and sound to examine our individual and collective compulsion to create, transform, and sometimes destroy the stories of who we are, who we think we are, and who we think we should be. She produces media and mythologies using humor and a handmade aesthetic to throw a counterpunch at the high-definition, profit-generating codes and signals that American audiences are trained and accustomed to consuming. She has shown her solo and collaborative work at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Abrons Arts Center, Mana Contemporary, NURTUREart, National Sawdust, the Invisible Dog Arts Center, Dixon Place, the Stone, and festivals such as River to River, South by Southwest, and MakerFaire. She has received a Rema Hort Mann Artist Community Engagement Grant and is on Creative Capital's On Our Radar for her recent project, The Myth of Layla. Khoshbin has degrees in Film and Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. She has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley, Tina Barney, and poets Anne Carson and Bob Currie, among others.
Amir Bahador Kharazmi, better known by his stage name Bahador Kharazmi, is an Iranian singer-songwriter and producers who started his career as an underground music producer after the Iranian Revolution (in which music was pronounced Haram and all forms of popular music were banned). In 2003 his single the cover of an old Persian song, Too In Zamoone (Vay Vay), which was unofficially released on his weblog was well-received among the Persian community and became a successful release for him and earned him a record deal with a major label in the United States, Avang Music. The album was internationally published and released in 2004. Since the late 1990s, Bahador has become one of the major contributors to forming the underground music movement in Iran.
Mahmood Karimi-Hakak is a poet, author, and artist who has created over 70 stage and screen plays, authored six plays, two books of poetry, numerous articles and essays, and five translations from/into Persian. He is the recipient of a six artistic and scholarly awards including Fulbright.
Mahmood is the founder and president of Festival Cinema Invisible (CinemaInvisible.Com), and has served on the board of several artistic and educational organizations.
Dr. Karimi Hakak has taught at universities in the U.S., Europe, and his native Iran. He presently serves as Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College in upstate New York.
"I was born in Teheran, Iran on Nov. 27, 1944. After finishing high school, in 1963 I came to the United States to pursue my higher education. In 1969, I received my first Master of Science Degree in Mathematics from San Jose State University, upon the completion of my thesis on the “Manifold Structure of Special and General Theory of Relativity”. I got a second Master of Science Degree in Physics when I returned to the San Jose state University ten years later. But it was my course work in chemistry, while I was a PHD candidate in Biophysics at the University of California at Berkeley that landed me a tenure track position at the College of San Mateo. I started my full-time position at CSM teaching chemistry. My current title is: Professor of Math, Physics, and Astronomy, and Coordinator of Astronomy program.
I have taught at CSM since the summer of 1979. And I believe I hold the record of teaching 108 consecutive semesters on one campus. During this time, I have taught courses in aeronautics, astronomy, chemistry, drafting, mathematics, physics, and nature of physical reality. In 1992 I became the third director of the planetarium at CSM in the history of the college; that title later officially changed to the Coordinator of the Astronomy Program, which I hold presently.
In the late 60’s I was hired as a mathematician by Varian Associates. And as a part of a contract with NASA, I was involved with the development of a mathematical interpolator for mapping the surface of the moon from the data sent by Apollo XI before its landing, In the mid and late 70’s, while I was a graduate student in the mathematical physics program at the University of Colorado, I worked as a statistician and quality control engineer for COORS Industries analyzing the quality of aluminum and ceramic containers, and means of their production.
Prior to my tenure track position at CSM, as an adjunct instructor, I had taught physics and mathematics at University of Colorado in Boulder, San Jose State University, and Diablo Valley College. In particular, I taught a course designed to teach mathematics to returning students with physical and/or mental disability due to injuries. It was my experience of the interactions with students in this course that was seminal to my professional career, life-long teaching.
In 1990 I became interested in art, which opened a new path for my life to take. More and more I became obsessed by the philosophy of art and the nature of human perception. (As an undergraduate my minor was philosophy.) Thus started my private research in these fields. Although I have given many lectures on the subject, I have kept my research private. However, one aspect of my research is known publicly. I have invented a new format of composition in painting, based on how artworks are perceived and how we react to works of art, which I have called “symivisio”, and have trademarked the name. This format does for painting what symphony does for music.
My artwork has been exhibited, as a solo artist, at East Bay MUD Millennium Celebration. The City Art of San Mateo has also exhibited my artworks at Peninsula Ballet Theatre for three months. And in 2014 San Mateo County Fair asked me to be their feature artist and devoted a 48’ by 8’ wall to the exhibition of my artwork. Last year my artwork was exhibited in the Hall of Justice (Caldwell Gallery) in Redwood City, California from 7/1/16 to 8/31/16. Articles about my art have appeared in Daily Star (International Harold Tribune), San Jose Mercury, San Mateo Times, The San Matean, and San Mateo Daily Journal. In the last few years I have been asked (I accepted) by San Mateo County Fair to be one the judges for the submissions in oil painting.
My professional life has been devoted to the growth and educational development of CSM students and, more generally, the community’s awareness of science and art. I enjoy watching students become well-rounded human beings. For me it is not enough to just teach them the subject matter in isolation. I try to connect science learning to other experiences of their life. To that end, as the coordinator of the astronomy program, I have worked with my team of astronomers to implement programs such as “Project Star Gaze”, where over the course of one academic year we bring about 2000 elementary and middle school students to our planetarium for science demos and astronomy shows, “Jazz Under the Stars”, for the public to observe the celestial objects through telescopes in our rooftop observatory, and “Sky Tonight”, where once a month the public is invited to enjoy free planetarium shows and be awed by the discoveries in science. Also, I have reached out to our local astronomical society, and together once a month we bring experts in astronomy to give lectures in our planetarium. These lectures are open to the public and are free of charge. Furthermore, I have coordinated the Family Science and Astronomy Festival, where once a year the public is invited to enjoy learning not only about astronomy but also about the whole spectrum of scientific fields. Finally, I have put together the “Art and Science Presentation” event, where the public is invited to lectures, telescopic viewing of the sky, and exhibition of my artworks at CSM Theatre, where I show how art and science connect in one man’s experience. (The 29th presentation of Art and Science was showcased on 4/08/16.) In all these, of paramount importance in my mind are the benefits that these programs bring to the education of the CSM students, the enrichment of the campus life, and the public’s awareness of art and science.
I believe that more than anything else learning is achieved by osmosis. Thus, during my 37 years as a member of CSM faculty, I have tried to create an enjoyable academic environment at CSM, and have pushed students to become autonomous learners. That is one reason that, in addition to the activities that I have outlined above, I have been advisor to several CSM clubs, including Chess Club, Persian Club, and Astronomy Club. Please visit http://mohsensart.com, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D_YCy739SM&t=134s for creation of my symvisio."