Shiva Feshareki is a British-Iranian experimental composer and artist, described as the most “cutting-edge expression of turntablism” (Strange Sounds from Beyond). She exists at the intersection of many artistic scenes, experimenting with electronic & club music, concert & orchestral, art & design and free improvisation.
Shiva was honoured with the 2017 Ivor Novello Award for Innovation (formerly British Composer Award), The Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (2009), as well as the BBC Young Composer’s Award (2004) with her first scored composition.
As a composer and artist Shiva uses an array of technology from vintage analogue tape echo, vinyl turntables, CDJs to state-of-the-art 360° ambisonic technology. Her tools also extend beyond electronic technology, using advanced 3D orchestration to score acoustic instruments in spatialized form, for live ensembles and orchestras. Described as “A terrific sonic experience… 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” (Richard Morrison - Chief music critic of The Times).
Her signature turntable performances fuse together sonic palettes using hyperphysical electronic manipulations and sampling techniques. Cuts from drum and bass, garage, gabber, deep minimalism and her own orchestral works are yielded to create complex live compositions. Tom Service from Radio 3 describes her turntablism as “One of the most astonishing acts of musical alchemy of the last decade”. A defining feature which she brings to every work is her orchestral manipulation – an ability to morph and reshape entire orchestras into new forms of live electronic sound: A machine improv. of classical sound.
Solo turntable performances include most recently Casa Del Lago (Mexico), the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (VAC), BBC Proms, Saturnalia at Macao (Milan), Hyperreality Festival of Club Culture (Vienna), Mutek (Montreal), Sonar (Barcelona), Maerzmusik (Kraftwerk, Berlin), The Tanks at Tate Modern (London), Artheater/Frau Musica Nova (Cologne), Appia Stage (Hellerau) and Southbank Centre ‘Concrete Lates’ Takeover (London).
Shiva’s versatility and breadth are undeniable, from performing unheard works by Daphne Oram at the BBC Proms, her own concert music with the likes of BBC Concert Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra to performing at Sonar (Barcelona), Mutek (Montreal) or collaborating with some of the world's most distinguished avant-garde artists, scientists, jazz improvisers and pop producers.
Most recently Shiva has collaborated with Fraser T Smith (Future Utopia) as a songwriter and producer on his debut album ‘12 Questions’, feat. Arlo Parks, Kojey Radical, Idris Elba, Mikky Ekko, Stormzy and more. Shiva is also currently featured at the Design Museum Electronic Music Exhibition until February 2021.
”One of the most astonishing acts of musical alchemy of the last decade”- Tom Service (BBC Radio 3)
"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"
- ATTN Magazine
“A terrific sonic experience… 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… gripped me from the first to the last.”
Richard Morrison (Chief music critic of The Times)
EMPRES Collective (Electronic Music Practice RESearch)
Turning Tides - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H8ukFI7Uf0
VAC Moscow Edit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWO_rnbIShQ&feature=youtu.be
NTS Radio - https://www.mixcloud.com/NTSRadio/shiva-feshareki-presents-new-forms-15th-october-2018/
Venus/Zoreh video -
Contact: Daniel Hulme
Electronic Music Studio Manager
Image credit: Victor Frankowski