BIOGRAPHY

Shahrokh Yadegari

Shahrokh Yadegari, composer, sound designer, and producer, has collaborated with such artists as Peter Sellars, Robert Woodruff, Ann Hamilton, Christine Brewer, Gabor Tompa, Maya Beiser, Steven Schick, David Schweiszer, Lucie Tiberghien, Hossein Omoumi, and Siamak Shajarian. He has performed and his productions, compositions, and designs have been presented internationally in such venues as the Carnegie Hall, Festival of Arts and Ideas, OFF-D’Avignon Festival, International Theatre Festival in Cluj, Romania, Ravinia Festival, Ruhr-Triennale, Vienna Festival, Holland Festival, Forum Barcelona, Japan America Theatre, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Institut fur Neue Musik und Musikerziehung (Darmstadt), Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, and Contemporary Museum of Art, San Diego.

Yadegari holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT’s Media Lab, and a Ph.D. in music from University of California, San Diego. He has worked at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), and he is one of the founders and the artistic director of Kereshmeh Records and Persian Arts Society, organizations dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Persian traditional and new music. Yadegari is currently the director of Center for Research in Computing and the Arts and on the faculty of the department of Theatre and Dance at University of California, San Diego, where he has founded a progressive program in sound design and composition. He was the Chair for the subcommittee of the Digitally Mediated Performances of the Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego.

Among his recent projects are composition and direction for Tower Sounds: Ancient Voices and Electronics performed in Ann Hamilton’s Tower on Oliver Ranch, composition and sound design for Stylus, an installation by Ann Hamilton, composition for Ruins True a dance-theatre piece based on the work of Samuel Beckett directed by Gabor Tompa and choreographed by Yolande Snaith, composition of  Intervals a piece for Christine Brewer premiered at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St Louis. adaptation, direction, and composition for Scarlet Stone, a recent piece based on ancient Persian mythology and related to the contemporary political climate on the Middle East. Yadegari won the Craig Noel San Diego Critics Circle award for Outstanding Sound Design for the production of Blood and Gifts by TJ Rogers directed by Lucie Tiberghien at the La Jolla Playhouse in July of 2012.