Dear friends,

Happy Norouz to you all! The Persian New Year is an ancient ritual acknowledging new light and energy source to cleanse much that we all carry in our hearts, psyche and are so concerned about. It's wonderful to be humbled by the seasonal beauty of our planet and never take it for granted.

"When there's there's life there's hope" Stephen Hawkings

Happy New Year!



My media stage production "The House is Black" had its world premiere at The Center for the Art of Performance at Royce Hall, UCLA in late Jan. Once again thank you to our LA audience for an unforgettable premiere! We were blessed with your overwhelming response and we are grateful to you! For those of you interested in knowing more about the project, its brilliant cast of collaborators including Co-Director, Dramaturge Robert Egan , Composer Richard Horowitz, Lighting Designer Anne Militello (just to name a few) and would like to see some of the images from our Royce Hall premiere, please check out the production's web page.

The House is Black World Premiere




View: The House is Black


I have high hopes that this potent media production will have an international tour and I will be able to share this very important project with you all in the soon future!

Yours,
Sussan



ART


CURRENT EXHIBITION
Delighted to have one of my photographs from my #Robert Rauschenberg Residency period, recently exhibited at the Shulamit Gallery (Dawn of the Cold Season) in a very interesting exhibit at the National Academy Museum in NYC! NY friends, hope you can see the exhibit. NationAlacademy.org Here's an interview about the exhibition, written by Gisele Regatao and Deborah Solomon, for NPR. WNYC.org/200-year-selfie-obsession.

UPCOMING MUSEUM EVENT
Smithsonian Institution
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Date: July 18th
More info: Soon TBA

REVIEWS
Victoria Loosleaf's article on my work for Artbound
Wonderful Art Salon by Victoria Looseleaf and Joanne Cottrell
Sussan Deyhim's images in Artsy.net



FILM and TV


ODYSSEY NBC
You can hear my vocals in the anticipated new NBC series "Odyssey" starting April 5th. Directed by Peter Horton, this is another great collaboration with composer John Debney and his great team.



NEW RECORDINGS


We are currently in the final stages of recordings and mixing the soundtrack of my media show "@The House is Black" in collaboration with composer @Richard Horowitz. This is a unique, complex and beautiful musical projects and I so look forward to sharing it with you.



REVIEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


Sussan Deyhim at CAP UCLA
"Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA is proud to present the first multimedia film-performance project from acclaimed performance artist/vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim. "The House is Black" is inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad, one of Irans most influential feminist poets and filmmakers of the 20th Century. "
>> read more

Sussan interview with Anil on Innerviews.org



ZIETGEIST


Sussan Deyhim accomplished with her voice was a revelation. Pointing out that she was an Iranian woman being accompanied by a Jewish brass player and a Jewish bassist, she created an atmosphere in which we could no longer believe in the current political fire that is ready to ignite the spaces that separate Iran from Israel, from the United States, and from most of the Western World. I could see directly why there was a time – ancient Egypt and the old Orphic Tradition, to name but two – when music was the master teacher simply because it restores the soul; it opens the mind like a great lens so that your eye is my eye, is the bee’s eye, is the whale’s eye, is the eye of Earth peering out into endless reaches of starry grandeur and mysterious forms of life waiting to be born.

Without artists the Earth would already be scorched a thousand times over: ashes unable to eke out any more green shoots. For seven hours at the Avalon the green shoots of hope were everywhere. The growth could not be contained. Befitting the ecstasy at the end, my camera battery ran out and I could no longer record: instead I jumped on the green wave and vanished into a world worthy of our protection and – as all the artists stated all night – our undying love, that creative courage sustains as a matter of course. Sussan Deyhim had a smile that transcended every border man has ever created. It was art and artists who united Iranian and Jew on the stage – and labored together to bring the house down. Glorious harmony as voice, bass and brass – including a ram’s horn – alternated with feverish excitement. It was the trance of the spirit of our own time, gathering itself up to survive intact, smiling, passionate, capable, able to see its way through illusion and false paths.forms of life waiting to be born.

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