Dear friends,

Please join me at Freer Sackler Gallery in the Smithsonian Museum, for a very special event in Washington DC.

Film and Conversation: Inspired by Forough Farrokhzad

Renowned composer, vocalist, and performance artist Sussan Deyhim presents excerpts from her stage production The House is Black Media recently presented at Royce Hall CAPUCLA and her art installation Dawn of the Cold Season. Both productions were inspired by the work of legendary feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad (1935 - 1967). Following a screening of Farrokhzad's groundbreaking documentary The House is Black (Iran, 1962, 22 min.), Deyhim talks about her own ongoing projects and Farrokhzad's enduring influence on Iranian art and culture.

Deyhim developed these productions through fellowships at Robert Rauschenberg at the Residency at the Rauschenberg Foundation and CAP UCLA Residency, as well as with a grant from the Farhang Foundation. Presented as part of Contemporary Iran through Film, a series highlighting prominent figures in contemporary Iranian art, in conjunction with Shirin Neshat: Facing History at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
Location: Meyer Auditorium
Date: Saturday July 18, 2015
Time: 2-3pm
Cost: Free
Related Exhibition Abbas Kiarostami: Five Inspired by Ozu and Shirin Neshat: Facing History
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Friends in Los Angeles,

Join us for a very special event "The Untold Story of Iran" at the Last Bookstore. A conversation with writer, activist, Huffington Post and Daily Beast contributor Dr Nina Ansari about her new release "Jewels of Allah" and "Off the Radar" a new release by writer Cyrus Copland, a commanding speaker with a bi-cultural perspective, moderated by Sam Razi, editor-in-chief of INN.

Event: The Untold Story of Iran
Time: Friday July 10 at 7.00pm-9.30pm
Place: The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St, Los Angele, Ca
Cost: Free Event!
More info: Click here...

Update on "The House is Black Media Performance":

Very excited to announce we are in the process of organizing the US tour for my media project "The House is Black" for the 2016-2017 calender. There have been many requests from you to see aspects of the project we recently presented at Royce Hall at the Ccenter for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Delighted to let you know there's a trailer from the World Premiere of the piece now available to all on youtube.

You can see the Trialer HERE.
More info: The House is Black


Sussan in session at the Legendary Capitol Studios with composer Alexandre Desplat.



ARGO: Composer Alexandre Desplat on Preventing Ben Affleck’s Film from Sounding “Cheesy” and Creating Zero Dark Thirty’s “Middle Ages” Score

The first half of the film is all made with Occidental instruments. When we get to the Iranian airspace, you hear this voice—this great Persian singer Sussan Deyhim does a sort of jazz scatting, but in a Persian way. And on top of that, she sings a melody like a lament. That is going to keep on going during the moments of fear and emotion during the second half of the film. Around her are these incredible musicians from Turkey and France. We locked ourselves in Capitol Records, and I specifically had them play what I had written, showing them the patterns and teaching them every detail of the melodies…. ~ read more

ARGO: Iranian Vocalist’s “Mysterious Sound” in Argo’s Score

Iranian vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim is the mysterious sound heard throughout composer Alexandre Desplat’s Oscar-nominated score for Argo. Deyhim’s voice becomes an instrument that is used dramatically, percussively, and melodically. Argo’s original score by Alexandre Desplat is nominated for an Academy Award. Since its release, Argo has won Best Picture at the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes… ~ read more

ARGO: Entertainment Weekly

Regardless of whether he’ll walk away with his second Golden Globe statue on Sunday, Desplat’s music made quite an impact on film in 2012. EW checked in with him to talk about some of his recent films. Click past the jump to see a featurette on the making of the Argo score… ~ watch video


With Oscar buzz surrounding the forthcoming Ben Affleck-directed, George Clooney-produced dramatic thriller Argo, acclaimed Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim, who contributed music to the score by French film composer Alexandre Desplat, is especially excited about her Oct. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles—two days after the film opens…