After Hania Rani, Greg Haines, Peter Broderick and others, our guest for the 2020 edition of Nils Frahm’s global celebration of contemporary piano music, Piano Day, which we are organising with KUD Kataman for the fifth year in a row, will be Shida Shahabi. The young pianist and composer received great praise for her stunning 2018 debut album Homes, swiftly establishing her as one of the most exciting names in the genre. Last year, she charmed us at the Pianopolis festival in Kranj, and we can also expect her to play new material from her latest EP Shifts.
Swedish-born Iranian Shida Shahabi grew up with the sounds of Iranian pop, MTV, and classical music, began learning the piano at 9 years of age, and started writing her first piano melodies as soon as she could compose with both hands. She later switched from studying classical music to fine art, but due to the latter’s lack of directness and emotional aspects, she soon returned to music. She’s made sound art, played with local bands, and written scores for films, theatre, dance performances and more, but after years of thinking about music in an intellectual manner, she found a new source of inspiration in its complete opposite.
Shida’s intimate ambiental exploration of space and timing in melodic piano compositions, written and recorded in her living room, won over representatives of FatCat Records’ imprint 130701, which has also featured Hauschka, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Dustin O’Halloran. Her debut album Homes was released in October 2018, and its subtle weaving of classical music, electronica, krautrock and other influences was extremely well received by critics – Bandcamp featured the musician in their daily selection, for example, while Future Music described the album as a “highly accomplished, honest and touching” release. We surrender to Shida in March.
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Organisation: Kataman and Kino Šiška.
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