- Beyond The Seas
- Interlude I
- Interlude II
Countertenor, Harp '2021
Amin Sarrafi is an Iranian American classical composer, based in Tehran since 2020, with a repertoire of works comprised of solo piano, duets, trios, quintets, song cycles, and symphonic pieces. He studied music at Santa Barbara City College, where he had the opportunity to create his first EP and host live performances. Amin Sarrafi strives to encapsulate the power of human emotion through sound.
His public musical journey began in 2017 as the founder of GoOn Ensemble, a trio group comprised of Harp, Violin, and Piano. His first original works for the ensemble include: Beyond The Brink, Dancer of The Dark, Dusk, 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.
Shortly 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, an operatic duet written for harp and countertenor, 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 song cycle was performed by countertenor, Kyle Tingzon, and harpist, 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.
His latest quintet, “Behind The Shadows”, written for violin, viola, harp, double bass, and cajon, was composed for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music senior harp recital, where it was performed live. Behind The Shadows represents the welcomed inspiration that appears in unexpected moments.
Amin Sarrafi’s mission is to contribute his music to the growth of contemporary classical music as well as to expand the possibilities of what the identity of classical music sounds like in the context of today's world.
A Light Rekindled, 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.
"Within darkness, the light of the simple beauties shine brighter."
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.