Shiva Feshareki

Composer, Turntables

"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

"Exuberantly irreverent... Virtuoso DJ-ing"

Richard Morrison, The Times

"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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Winner of the 2017 BASCA British Composer Award for Innovation, Shiva Feshareki is an experimental composer, radio presenter and turntablist of British Iranian heritage. Her work explores the sound of electricity through a wide range of practises and collaborative processes incorporating classical methodology.

Her turntable performances slice apart sonic palettes before sewing them back together with expert sampling techniques. Cuts from old-school garage and d’n’b records electrify her sets, while deep minimalist composers such as Pauline Oliveros and James Tenney provide a layer of delicacy and complexity that has been responsible for transforming Shiva’s wider approach to music. In 2017, Shiva performed with her turntables at Montreal’s Mutek festival and at London’s Tate Modern gallery as part of a series curated by NTS Radio, the station on which she hosts her monthly show ‘New Forms’.

Turntabling is also a signature element of her compositional work, which explores the physicality of sound in relation to light and movement. Most recently, in ‘GABA-analogue’ (2017), Shiva employed space as a compositional tool to create a surround-sound orchestra inside London’s Printworks nightclub performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra, while a different form of the composition was presented at Musikhuset, Aarhus in Denmark with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

Shiva continues to work on site-specific compositions, while refining her live remixing skills and love of improvisation through performance. Upcoming projects include a large-scale acoustic composition for the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as performances at PLX (Tjaro, Sweden), Hyperreality (Vienna), Nikolaj Kunsthall (Copenhagen), Skissernas Museum (Lund, Sweden), Resolution (London), the Southbank Centre (London), for the VAC Foundation (Moscow), and the “Pioneers of Sound” BBC Prom alongside the London Contemporary Orchestra, completing the unfinished piece “Still Point” by Daphne Oram. She is also directing a residency for emerging artists as part of the Brighter Sound: Both Sides Now initiative.

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‘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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