UC Santa Barbara
Is a German-born Iranian composer/performer of concert and electroacoustic music. He has written for numerous acclaimed soloists and ensembles, with whom his works have been performed internationally. He also attended IRCAM Manifeste, where he had the opportunity to work closely with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain, and Altitude Festival where he worked with l’ensemble Multilatérale. Other notable festival appearances include Impuls Academy, the Madeira Residency, Festival DME, Barcelona Mixtur, and Kyiv Contemporary Music Days. He has studied and participated in masterclasses with the composers Patricia Alessandrini, Raphaël Cendo, Francesco Filidei, Beat Furrer, Philippe Hurel, Helmut Lachenmann, Mauro Lanza, Fabien Lévy, Tristan Murail, Gilbert Nouno, Åke Parmerud, Jaime Reis, Yann Robin and Alexander Schubert. Derakhshani recently completed the one-year course at Koninklijk Conservatorium's Institute of Sonology. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at California University of Music, Santa Barbara under the supervision of João Pedro Olivera.
As a composer and researcher, Rodney DuPlessis primarily explores intersections of science and music. He is interested in creating powerful sonic experiences grounded in scientific models of physics, chemistry, biology, thermodynamics, and meta-science. DuPlessis' music has been performed internationally and recognized by prizes such as the Musica Nova International Competition (Finalist), Destellos International Competition 2020 (honorable mention), the Corwin Award for Excellence in Composition (1st prize - Percussion, 1st prize - Solo, 2nd prize - Electroacoustic), and the 2020 SEAMUS/ASCAP award (finalist). He has collaborated with new music luminaries such as Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Formalist Quartet, Hocket, Henrique Portovedo, and Scott Worthington. DuPlessis is also dedicated to promoting the presentation of new music and art. He has directed and produced multiple festivals and concerts, and he currently serves as co-creative director of the Nomadic Soundsters art collective. As a programmer, DuPlessis has created innovative software tools for composition and worked to preserve and reincarnate preexisting software. In 2020, Duplessis, Curtis Roads, and Jack Kilgore released EmissionControl2, an interactive real-time application for granular synthesis. He is currently developing software to sonify a quantum harmonic oscillator. DuPlessis' teachers have included Curtis Roads, Clarence Barlow, João Pedro Oliveira, and Martin Kutnowski. He holds a BA in Music and Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Composition, and a Masters of Science in Media Arts & Technology. He is currently finishing a PhD in Composition at UC Santa Barbara.
is a composer of acoustic and electronic music whose works embrace unconventional compositional strategies and new technologies. Specializing in interactive electroacoustic music and computer-assisted composition, he regards the computer-composer nexus as the foremost tool for discovering and realizing innovative directions in music composition and performance. Raphael’s music has been presented in concerts, festivals, and conferences across the United States and in Japan, including the International Computer Music Conference, the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, the California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts, the UCSB Summer Music Festival, and the Osaka University of Arts Electroacoustic Music Festival. He also has extensive professional performance experience on guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and electronics; his performance credits include appearances at The Hollywood Bowl, REDCAT, CounterPulse, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, and the Time-Based Art festival in Portland, OR. Raphael holds a BA in Music from Vassar College, an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at UC Santa Barbara. His teachers include João Pedro Oliveira, Clarence Barlow, Curtis Roads, W.A. Mathieu, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, and Peter McCulloch.
Certain mixtures of polyelectrolytes can spontaneously form dense liquid droplets (called "coacervates") suspended in water (dilute phase). These liquid droplets are often filled with complex molecules, proteins, polymers, and nucleic acids. Coacervate formation has been suggested as a possible mechanism through which the first simple cells formed on earth (Abiogenesis). In composing Coacervate, I worked closely with violinist and chemical engineer Chelsea Edwards to create a sonic narrative from this chemistry. Distinct musical motives are inserted into dilute textures where they compartmentalize, chain together like charged polymers, and erupt into the beginnings of life.
Pārsa can be categorized as a programmatic piece. The inspiration of its form and direction came from the history of Persepolis and its demolition by Alexander the Great. The initial section is meant to represent a grand sound which is slowly ravaged as the piece continues. What remains by the end are broken parts and pieces representing the slow destruction of Persepolis by fire. The final section (A’) is a distorted memory of the grand sound heard in the beginning which quickly crumbles into a minuscule sound with a high amount of tension in its core.