Amin Sarrafi is an Iranian-American composer, currently based in Tehran. He is the founder of GoOn Ensemble, a trio comprised of Harp, Violin, and Piano. His first original works for the group include: Beyond The Brink, Dancer of The Dark, Dusk, and Liberation Waltz. After having successfully released their EP in 2019, GoOn Ensemble hosted their first performances in intimate theaters and art galleries across Santa Barbara.
Following his work with GoOn Ensemble, Amin has continued to create a collection of 6 short piano pieces called Shy Music. This collection of musical motifs were all published along with their original scores in 2020 and were constructed freely for the public. Shy Music both demonstrates how a basic melodic idea can be made beautiful while also cutting the mental restraints artists create when believing that each work produced must be a masterpiece.
His first song cycle, A Light Rekindled, was published at the end of 2021 in partnership with Librettist, Alan Olejniczak and was inspired by the work of contemporary Persian poet, Sohrab Sepehri. From Sohrab's work, three of his poems were chosen and translated from Farsi to English. This three song, two interlude cycle is a duet written for counter tenor, sung by Kyle Tingzon, and harp, played by Ginger Rose Brucker. A Light rekindled was created to both address the philosophical and social issues that we face today while drawing a parallel between Iranian and western culture through Persian poetry.
Here & Now,
“Music in itself is a universal language, yet we contradict this thought. By listening to a melodic structure the mind subconsciously begins to place the music's origins to vague regions and eras. We turn what is universal into what is now categorized, as we have done for every form of art, life and object. In order to not only create differently but to also see differently, it is time to distance ourselves from the question of where and when and replace this thought with the idea of the here and now.” ~ Amin Sarrafi
Within darkness, the light of the simple beauties shine brighter.
This project is a way for us to both address the philosophical and social issues that we face today while drawing a parallel between Iranian and western idealism through contemporary Persian poetry.
Stories Told Without Words
Dancer of the Dark
What determines the difference between self deception and self empowerment lies within the very first word of both states of being, the ‘self’. To deceive is to rob the truth, and by taking away what you already possess, you forfeit all that you could truly become. Dancer of the Dark is representative of the turmoils of one’s own spirit, unknowingly traveling through the darkness of deception, only to dance towards the light of self realisation.
Our most immediate and yet undervalued source of freedom is movement. Our ability to act at any time upon our own desires all lies within the tools of our own body. Liberation Waltz is a celebration of movement where the strains of external limitations are released by the overwhelming power of our own being.