Daramad for Violin, Bassoon, Piano & Percussion(2019)

Composer: Ali Balighi
Written for Front Porch
University of Michigan
“Daramad” in Persian means the starting of music, the moment when every performer would be ready to play. This music is made by a member of a traditional group and it describes the mode of concerts in traditional styles; however, nowadays neither traditional musicians nor younger players use this form in their current repertoires.
My piece Daramad was composed according to an old Persian music Be Soye To. This song is a famous piece which was written by Majid Vafadar in Dashti mode. Simple structure, melody, harmony, and the profound atmosphere this song creates inspired me to write my piece in a manner different from my usual practices. I believe that form, as an important aspect of music, is truly made during the compositional process. Form is also an abstract concept that should be created from a new perspective in every contemporary piece. Moreover, the use of older and traditional materials is a good way to describe new scenes. Audiences who have some understanding of these aspects of music and composition can follow these new ideas when used in a new piece.
Composing for a new ensemble which I do not have enough experience writing for was my biggest challenge. However, Front Porch, as a professional ensemble, helped me to search for new and artistically fulfilling ways of self-expression.
All in all, for this piece will be played in the United States, I hope that Daramad will increase its audience’s interest in Persian culture.

The Birth of Tragedy for Santor and Fix media

Santor: Puneh Zare’i
Composer: Ali Balighi

Too loud a solitude for Cello and Live Electronics (Max/MSP)

Cello: Ulrike Brand
Composer and live electronic: Ali Balighi
Recorded in :Sprengel Museum (Hannover, Germany)

Chahar-Rah for 6 laptops (Max/MSP)

Performed by SynthBeats
Composer: Ali Balighi
2018 – Stony Brook University – New York
In Persian, Chahar-rah means crossing. The crossing always means arriving and getting away for me. The crossing is where that people see together, sometimes they walk away very fast or they stay and watch other. Arriving, departing…
The entire sound of this piece was recorded in my favorite crossing in Tehran. This crossing is where I went to university, I was falling in love and I grew up. I used the sound of street, the modern Persian music theory and a nostalgia sense in this piece.

Khane-Haftom for Santoor and Fixmedia

Santor: Puneh Zarei
Composer: Ali Balighi
Recorded by WRCMS in Canada – 2018

A Little Piece For Violin And Live Electronics (Max/MSP)

Violin: Neda Asadinejad
Composer and live electronic: Ali Balighi
Tehran – 2018

Solo for a laptop Nr.2 (Max/MSP)

Composer and live electronics: Ali Balighi


Comoposer and piano: Ali Balighi
Kamancheh: Siavash Mollaian
A film by Fariborz Ahanin & Majid Sheida

Darya Khandid Dar Dor Dast… 

Guitar: Ailin Arjmand
Composer: Ali Balighi
Tehran – 2016