Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi at Still Life with Avalanche

Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi

Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi is an Iranian/Canadian composer based in Vancouver, Canada.

Remember this name: Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi. Although she’s only a second-year composition student at SFU, the Iranian-born musician is poised to make a significant impact on the Canadian and international new-music scene—if she can continue writing pieces as distinctive and engaging as Displacement II.

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Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, explores the unfamiliar familiar while constantly being driven by the mechanism of the human psyche and exploring ways to manipulate it. The Vancouver based composer/performer, works with small ensembles and electronics as well as electroacoustic music as an individual practice. Her work has been featured in festivals such as New Music on the Point (Vermont, USA), wasteLAnd Summer Academy 2019 (Los Angeles, USA), EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet (Banff, Canada), Modulus Festival (Vancouver, Canada) and SALT New Music Festival (Victoria, Canada). She has been presented by art organizations including Western Front, Music on Main, Media Arts Committee and Vancouver New Music. She is currently Music on Main’s Emerge on Main’s 2020 artist.

Working with instrumental and electroacoustic media, Kimia has also collaborated on projects written for dance performance, film, and theatre. Her upcoming projects include a commissioned piece for Thin Edge New Music Collective, premiering in Spring 2020 and a new work for Loadbang ensemble as part of a collaboration with Iranian Female Composer Association which she is a part of. Koochakzadeh-Yazdi is currently doing her undergraduate degree in composition at Simon Fraser University’s interdisciplinary School for the Contemporary Arts with Sabrina Schroeder, Owen Underhill and Mauricio Pauly.