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Amen Feizabadi

Amen Feizabadi is a multidisciplinary composer, filmmaker, and producer whose work encompasses hybrid forms of musical theatre and film. His projects deploy fictional, documentary, and collective narratives in acoustic, film, and music-theatre form. Born in Teheran in 1983, he now lives and works in Berlin. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in integrated composition at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. In the last several years, Feizabadi has been awarded various prizes, fellowships, and distinctions, including  the state and federal foreign fellowship at Casa Baldi in Olevano Romano, Italy in 2024, the residency programme at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts in 2022, a New Music and Sound Art Fellowship granted by the City of Berlin in 2022 & 2018, a fellowship from the German Music Fund and Council in 2023, 2022 & 2021, the GVL Fellowship in 2021, a research fellowship from the Goethe-Institut, a fellowship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the Special Prize at the VISIONEN Festival in Hannover. In 2023, he was awarded a portrait CD in the contemporary music edition of the German Music Council’s WERGO label. Feizabadi’s works have been played by renowned ensembles and orchestras such as Ensemble Adapter, Sonar Quartett, LUX:NM Ensemble, Ensemble Unitedberlin, the Bochum Symphony, Ensemble CRUSH, and Neophon Ensemble. His projects have been performed at numerous international festivals and events worldwide, including the 2023 Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) 2023, the 2022 Berlinale, the Deutsche Oper Berlin – Tischlerei, the 2020 Klangwerkstatt Berlin Festival, the VOICING RESISTANCE festival at the Maxim Gorki Theater, the Nano#2 new music festival, Fellow Travelers in New York 2019, the Musik der Zukunft concert series at the Bochum Symphony, the Festival Now! at the Essen Philharmonic, the Darmstadt State Theatre, and the Cinemática film festival in Montreal, Canada.

Amen Feizabadi is a resident at the Tarabya Cultural Academy from October 2023 to January 2024.