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!
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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



American Music

The “Opening Titles” begin with a Middle-Eastern string instrument sound and other ethnic winds and percussion with string backdrop that gradually appears. It is a leaner orchestral sound from other standard Hollywood Arabic-influenced scoring which gives way to just the hint of a thematic idea on guitar. The vocalizations that Iglesias adds here, though often a common failsafe approach, flow out of the score material far more naturally and appropriately. That is to say that they are not “extra-musical” but an intuitive expression of the musical underscore… read more

Monster sand

Iglesias smartly decided to get inspiration from Afghan music, which he described in an interview as “closer to Persian with an admixture of Pakistani music,” but not merely ape it, and his score gracefully incorporates elements from various styles (an Iranian zither in “Kite Shop,” a wailing electric guitar on “The Stadium”) without sounding like a patchwork. Iran-born, U.S.-based avant-garde singer Sussan Deyhim contributes particularly haunting vocals on “End Phone Call.”… read more