Iranian composer, vocalist and performance artist
“Sussan Deyhim is a fascinating original voice in music and the arts. Her rich and complex vocals are warm, beautifully sung, and always surprising. I’m proud that she is and has been a member of our ‘Voicestra’ for many years.”
- Bobby McFerrin
Sponsored in part by Diaspora Arts Connection
Sunday, Oct 27
7pm $36 adv, $40 door
Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian composer, vocalist and performance artist. She is internationally known for creating a unique sonic and vocal language imbued with a sense of ritual and the unknown. She was part of the national ballet company in Iran from the age of thirteen and she traveled all across Iran studying with master folk musicians and dancers. In 1976 she joined The Bejart Ballet in Europe after receiving a scholarship to attend Bejarts’ performance art school Mudra where she was trained in many of the great world, dance, music and theater traditions as well as in classical ballet. Her music remains true to the spirit of her ancient heritage while pointing to the future with a very personal and poetic dramatic sensibility. In 1980 she moved to New York embarking on a multifaceted career encompassing music, theatre, dance, media and film. She created/starred in ground breaking media operas at La Mama in the ‘80s including Azax/ Attra and The Ghost of Ibn Sabah.
Sussan’s wide-ranging collaborations with leading artists from across the spectrum of contemporary art have included, Ornette Coleman, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Gabriel, Bill Laswell, Talvin Singh, Micky Hart, Branford Marsalis, Jerry Garcia, Doug Wimbish, Adrian Sherwood and The Blue Man Group and with two of the most prominent female visual artists Shirin Neshat and Sophie Calle.
Her composition Windfall/Beshno Az Ney was recently used by U2 throughout the US and Europe. “U2s 360 tour” in one of the largest scale tock tours to this day. Beshno Az Ney is an intro to U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” a moving number in solidarity with Iran’s Green movement.
Sussan has performed with international orchestras such as the Polish Radio Orchestra and the Krakow Philharmonic and has received commissions as a composer from international ensembles such as Bang On A Can. She has performed her music at Lincoln Center Summer Festival, Carnegie Recital Hall, Albert Hall, The Old Vic, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royce Hall and many other major venues.