Shiva Feshareki

Composer, Turntables

"Extraordinary inventiveness"

Richard Morrison, The Times

"Shiva is the most contemporary, cutting-edge expression of turntablism: the perception of a turntable as an instrument to ply and wield"

Ryan Walmsley, Strange Sounds from Beyond

"Her manipulations illuminate the most incredible textural and harmonic treasures embedded in the corners of the music"

Jack Chuter, ATTN Magazine

"The sounds she produced and its interaction with the orchestra’s music were fascinating, and full of an urgency one hears all too rarely in new music"

Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

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Shiva Feshareki is an internationally renowned composer & turntablist, and NTS Radio DJ. Her diverse output explores acoustic, context perspective and the sound of electricity through wide ranging practices that incorporate classical craft and experimental methodology. In 2017, she was honoured with the British Composer Award for Innovation from BASCA. 2018 saw a host of stunning performances from Feshareki across Europe including at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (VAC), BBC Proms and London Jazz Festival. Shiva’s debut LP, NEW FORMS (released in February 2019 on ‘RESIST’), is a snapshot into her turntabling experiments: A sonic exploration of perspective and context, demonstrating how one idea can have numerous perspectives of opinion, extension, complexity and interpretation.

Her solo turntable performances fuse together sonic palettes using hyperphysical manipulations and sampling techniques. Cuts from drum and bass, garage, gabber, deep minimalism and classical orchestral works are yielded t

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Live turntable performance, Frau Musica (nova) / Ensemble Garage

(December 2018)

For the latest project of the series on the 16.12.2018, she [Brigitta Muntendorf] brought together the Cologne violinist and Performer in Sabine Akiko and London composer turntable specialist Shiva Feshareki for a captivating presence in the Cologne art theatre.

Egbert Hiller, Deutschlandfunk

GABA-Analogue: Ringside Symphony, Spitalfields Music Festival

York Hall (December 2018)


Shiva Feshareki’s GABA-analogue – a deeply uninviting name for a terrific sonic experience. She divided the orchestra (the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra) into four groups, placed wide apart in the four corners of the hall, facing inwards towards the conductor, André de Ridder. Among her musical ideas there’s thrash metal and dance music, as well as marvellously fresh-sounding orchestral-gestures, assaulting or beguiling the audience from all angles. And at the halfway point in this quadraphonic epic, a complete contrast: Feshareki herself (a turntables virtuoso) and Kit Downes on Hammond organ, improvising with telepathic inventiveness. The piece lasted 45 minutes but gripped me from first to last.

Richard Morrison, The Times

Venus/Zohreh, The Planets 2018, Sound UK

(September 2018)

Her finished piece consists of just five notes, but within those notes is a “sonic sculpture” that gradually forms as the quartet explore their sound world. It’s as ambitious and inventive as the project itself.

Time Jonze, The Guardian

Daphne Oram Still Point, BBC Proms: Pioneers of Sound

Royal Albert Hall (July 2018)


The orchestration is rich mid-century modernism – full of spooky dissonances and nods to Messiaen and Stravinsky – but the real USP comes in the form of Shiva Feshareki’s attempts to recreate Oram’s dystopian turntable interludes, manipulating three 78rpm decks to create what sounds like air-raid sirens and the kind of woozy turntable trickery we associate with Kid Koala or DJ Spooky.

John Lewis, The Guardian

‘In conversation: Shiva Feshareki’

March 2018

Shiva is the most contemporary, cutting-edge expression of turntablism: the perception of a turntable as an instrument to ply and wield.

Ryan Walmsley, Strange Sounds from Beyond

The Wire on Shiva's Spatialisation techniques

A long low note on the piano is echoed by the opposite piano; it repeats and speeds up as steady cymbals crash and ripples of strings, woodwind, drums and flutes flourish, until the call and response seems to come not just from the two platforms and walkways but from everywhere at once.

The Wire

Interview: Shiva Feshareki

April 2017

Her manipulations illuminate the most incredible textural and harmonic treasures embedded in the corners of the music; the sort of details that are otherwise hidden behind the framework of melody and song

Jack Chuter, ATTN Magazine

‘Occam River XV’ with Eliane Radique and Lee Gamble

August 2017

One of the year’s most intriguing projects

Tom Howells, FACT Magazine

Daphne Oram’s 1949 opus Still Point, Southbank Centre’s DeepMinimalism Festival

June 2016

Flummoxing? You bet. Enthralling? Absolutely... In arduously bringing 'Still Point' to life, Bulley and Feshareki have afforded a thrilling glimpse into a future very nearly forgotten

Thomas Howells, The Financial Times

TTKonzert for turntables, saxophone quartet and orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Roundhouse

January 2010

The sounds she produced and its interaction with the orchestra’s music – alternately dancing and poised in a trance – were fascinating, and full of an urgency one hears all too rarely in new music

Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

Exuberantly irreverent... Virtuoso DJ-ing

Richard Morrison, The Times ​

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