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Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian composer, vocalist and performance artist who has been at the forefront of experimental music internationally for over two decades. Deyhim's music combines extended vocal techniques, digital processing, and the ancient mysticism of Iranís Sufi masters to create a deeply moving fusion of East and West. Born in Tehran, where she used to attend ceremonies at her local mosque in a mini-skirt and dyed orange hair, Sussan was always an outsider and she has been pushing the boundries ever since.
Sussan Deyhim began her career dancing with Iran's Pars National Ballet company, which performed weekly on Iranian national television, and then with Maurice Bojart's Ballet of the 20th Century. After studying dance and singing in Brussels, she moved to New York City in 1980, embarking on a multifaceted career encompassing music, theater, dance and media, and wide-ranging collaborations with leading artists from across the spectrum of contemporary art.
Deyhim has performed and recorded widely as a solo artist. Her one-woman show Vocodeliks, commissioned by the Whitney Museum of Art, led Billboard Magazine to describe Deyhim as "an overpowering presence...[whose] wordless incantations are amplified in harmonized layers and recycled into sampled loops, beckoning you into this virtual desert ritual."
Deyhim's solo recordings include:
Madman of God: Divine Love Songs of the Persian Sufi Masters,
Shy Angels (with Bill Laswell) for the visionary label Crammed Discs and Turbulent.
Her recordings with Richard Horowitz include: Majoun (for Sony Classical), Desert Equations (released on Crammed Discs), A Gift of Love, with narration by Martin Sheen, Robert Thurman,
Rosa Parks, Madonna, Goldie Hawn, and Debra Winger and Tobruk for which they won the Czech Lion Award in 2009.
With composer and director Heiner Goebbels, Deyhim recorded Shadows (for ECM), based on writings of Edgar Allan Poe and Heiner Mueller. She composed and performed music for Deepak Chopra's She was also a featured soloist on Hal Wilner's tribute to Kurt Weill, Lost in the Stars.
Deyhim's numerous collaborations with the renowned visual artist/filmmaker Shirin Neshat have received critical acclaim, their video Turbulent, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Bienniale.
Deyhim's previous work in the theater includes directing, co-composing, choreographing and performing a series of collaborations with Horowitz including: AZAX/ATTRA: Desert Equations, a one-woman multimedia performance piece produced by La Mama in New York City which toured internationally including Ars Electronica in Austria, Morocco, Paris, Berlin and Hong Kong.
The Ghost of Ibn Sabbah, presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music/New Music America, Central Park's Summer Stage, and NYC's Town Hall; X-Isle/Isle-X, commissioned by the Hong Kong Cotemporary Dance Company (which subsequently toured in Japan and Indonesia). As a performer, Deyhim has appeared in many international theater productions, including works by Elizabeth Swados, Jean Claude Van Italie, and Lindsay Kemp.
The Last Temptation of Christ director: Martin Scorsese; music: Peter Gabriel
Any Given Sunday director: Oliver Stone; music: Richard Horowitz
Unfaithful director: Adrian Lyne; music: Jan Kaczmarek Sleeper Cell music: Paul Haslinger Golden Globe winning Showtime series
The Stoning of Soraya M. music: John Debney The Rise of the Argonauts music: Tyler Bates
Deyhim has collaborated with many of the most important figures in contemporary music and film, including: Micky Hart, Branford Marsalis, Jerry Garcia, Jaron Lanier, Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, Arto Lindsay, Jan Mattox, Loren Rush and Winston Tong. Bobby McFerrin, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Judy Dench, Maurie Bejart, Peter Gabriel, Jan Kaczmarek, Richard Horowitz
She has also toured internationally with Bill Laswell, Bobby McFerrin, Ornette Coleman, Jah Wobble, Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish, Adrian Sherwood, Keith Le Blanc and Skip McDonnald.
Logic of the Birds is a new multi-disciplinary collaboration by acclaimed visual artist Shirin Neshat and performer Sussan Deyhim. Logic of the Birds is a simultaneous presentation of live and filmed performance. Logic of the Birds was performed at:
New York, USA, The Kitchen
Minneapolis, USA, Walker Art Center
New York, USA, Lincoln Center London, UK, Union Chapel Siracusa, Italy, Greek Theatre, Ortigia
Festival Brugge, Belgium, Concertgebouw
Deyhim has been a frequent participant at humanitarian events and benefits, including a performance at the gathering of the spiritual leaders of the world at the UN General Assembly in 2001; the first Gathering of Female Spiritual Leaders in Geneva at the United Nations, a 2004 performance for the Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi's award ceremony organized by Interfaith Center; the Royal Hope Gala, Royal Albert Hall, London, England with Placido Domingo, The Royal Ballet and many others, for medical aid to Iraqi children; and Witness, a benefit for human rights, sponsored by Peter Gabriel.
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