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Soheil Soheili

Interdisciplinary artist/ translator and label-manager

Soheil Soheili (b.1983) is an interdisciplinary artist and a researcher. His background includes learning music from an early age and studying mathematics/ engineering. He started learning traditional Persian music from his father, then experienced western musical instruments, namely guitars and the bass when he left the engineering classes for good. He started his serious career in the field of music as a musician in Patriam band - an independent jam band in Tehran (2002). 


As both a recording artist and a performer, he possesses numerous experiences ranging from deejaying in skateparks to preparing the sound for large commercial live shows and complex interaction design for the audio and video performances. He works with different media, including the medium of text, sound and it's absence; this way he never reduces himself to a certain discipline or genre, whether in the field of Science or Arts and Culture. His education includes English language and literature, as his works usually deal with a philosophical idea, a social demand or accurate statistics/ sets of mathematical data. As an educated author and translator, his research interests include psychology, linguistics, history, sociology beyond producing or reproducing sounds. He have produced hours of music for other performing artists.


Now, behind the active participation in the art-scene and membership in a number of nonprofits and collectives for the research and development, most notably the New Media Society, he also co-manages 'Noise À Noise' an independent artist-run label for experimental and noise music in Iran and Studio A, a team for making live sound in the artistic music events for Classical and Jazz in Tehran. Human welfare, anti-war movements, extreme sports, youth empowerment trends are some of the other causes that he supports after all. Below, you can find a selected list of the activity:

Live sound or music performances:
  • 2020 - 'Listening Urgency' Radio performance by Hardi Kurda, Radio Corax (UK).
  • 2019 - 'Mesopotamia' Sound design for a duo-performance (w. Ali Mohajer) in a painting exhibition by Milad Shirbisheh, Sayeh Art Gallery, Tehran. (More Info)
  • 2019 - 'Limited Access Festivals' 8th Edition, Sound performance – Studio Markov, Tehran.
  • 2019 - 'Tehran Contemporary Music Festival' Vol.4., solo sound performance 'Heaven'  – Roudaki décor Hall, Tehran. (Ticket Link)
  • 2019 - 'Silence' experimental/ ambient-music and live sound-processing w. Mehdi Fouladi & Pedram Zare - Charsoogh Abanbar, Jame Mosque, Yazd, Iran.
  • 2019 - 'Liveset in the Plateaux' Sound Performance w. Leonie Roessler – House of Art, Shiraz, Iran.
  • 2019 - 'Two artists, two livesets' Sound Performance w. Leonie Roessler – Da Theaterhouse, Tehran.
  • 2018 - 'Metamorphosis of Sounds' Heka Electro Ambient music Festival – Da Theaterhouse, Tehran. (Ticket Link)
  • 2018 - 'Tehran Contemporary Music Festival' Vol.3., Duo performance w. Zhoobin Askarieh – Roudaki décor Hall, Tehran. (Ticket Link)
  • 2017 - 'Art for Peace Grand Festival' Digital performance w. Banafsh Band – Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran.
  • 2017 - 'Re-listening' Audiovisual performance set – CafeBaz. Tehran, Iran.
  • 2017 - ‘Sound-oriented’ collaborative audiovisual soundprocessing performance – Shenakht Cafe. Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016 - 'Tehran Contemporary Music Festival' Vol.1., Collaboration with Kian Hosein and Arman Moghadam – TMoCA, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016 - ‘Winter Mood festival' Vol.1., Audiovisual performance – Saayeh Art gallery, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016 - ‘Open-Mic’ Standup comedy performance, scheduled by House No. 4  – Shenaakht Cafegallery, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2014 - 'Neurite Night' Sound performance in TADAEX – Gholhak Pardis Cinema, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2012 - 'Limited Access Festival' Live improvisation session in Saroseda workshop – Aaran gallery, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2011 - 'Frequency', Live performance w. Sina Shoaie – Islamic Azad University, Shahrood, Iran.
  • 2011 - 'Frequency', Live performance w. Sina Shoaie – Manouchehri House, Kashan, Iran.
  • 2009 - 'Urban Art', Unofficial sound-performance in the street art [stencil art] exhibition – Arte gallery, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2003 - 'Ezterab'  w. Patriam (ex-Zartosht members) – Österreich Kulturforum (OKF), Tehran, Iran.


Artistic production/ post-production/ digital performance for the stage/ performance art and podcasts:

  • 2019 - 'Devic's Syndrome', digital sound performance for the stage w. Farin Moghadam in Fadjr (Plus) Theater Festival – Directed by Kamyar Salehpour, Da Theater House, Tehran.
  • 2018 and 2019- 'Secret of Ganjour' Puppet theater (Game-Theater), sound design – Directed by Honey Hoseiny and Marzieh Naderi, IIDCYA, Tehran. (Reserve tickets)
  • 2017 - 'When a kid starts to talk?' Sound design for the stage and film - Directed by Iman Bayatfar, pending release.
  • 2017 - 'Cloth of Blood', Live speech processing for the stage, Samimi Mofakham Hall, Tehran university of Fine Arts. (Tickets on Tiwall)
  • 2017 - ‘I love my Tehran’ v.2., Collaborative outdoor live digital audiovisual production/ performance in Fadjr Theater Festival – Directed by Ehsan Yousefinasab Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016 - 'Laboratory', sound design – Moj-e No hall, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016 - 'Ideas of a Clown' Digital audiovisual production/ performance w. Arman Moghadam – Roodaki Decor Hall, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2011 - 'Motivation', Media production for performance art – Curated by Shaghayegh Cyrous, EastArt gallery, Tehran, Iran.


Presentations, Talks and Panels:

  • 2020 - 'On Electronic music composition' Hosting a two-episode live artist-talk with Sohrab Motabar, Contemporary Music Magazine, Online.
  • 2020 - 'Gate of Tehran Festival' Brief presentation for Noise à Noise, and a conversation about independent art w. Peter Pirhoseinlou, Online event organized by 'House No. 4' Team.
  • 2019 - 'Noise vs. Noise' Artist-talk Panelist, Limited Access Festival, Studio Markov, Tehran.
  • 2017 - 'Tehran Contemporary Music Festival' Ed.2., Presentation of 'Neural control of singing" –TMoCA, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2015 - 'Newmedia talkseries at Lajevardi Foundation: Aftab Darvishi', Artist-talk Panelist.


Artist residencies:

  • 2020 - Resident Artists, Space 21, Iraqi Kurdistan (Cancelled due to COVID-19 issues).
  • 2017 - Resident artist/ sound technician, Circusbiennalle, Berlin, Germany.


Exhibitions:

  • 2021 - 'To Be' a collaboration with Arefe Arad, Sound Installation – E1 artgallery, Tehran, Iran (Hapenning now)
  • 2020 - 'Charivari Circus' Annual visual art exhibition – Circusbienalle, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2019 - 'Dock/ Ancien Palais de Justice' Group exhibition for sound Installations, 'Concrete Jungle', Liege, Belgium.
  • 2017 - ‘Days of experimental sounds Ed.1’, Sound Installation, ‘Tehranscape’ v.1', Rooberoo Mansion. Tehran, Iran.
  • 2017 - 'Unnamed, On paper' exhibition for painting/ collage exhibition, Collage, 'Broken' – New Media Projects, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016 - ‘Limited Access Festival’, Video Art, 'Flaneur' – New Media Projects, Aaran artgallery, Aaran projects. Tehran, Iran.
  • 2015 - 'Unnamed Envelope, No.3', Drawing, 'Stillness' – Haft Samar Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2015 - 'TADAEX 05’ Sound Installation, 'Language of the landscape' – Mohsen Gallery. Tehran, Iran.
  • 2014 - ‘Limited Access Festival’, Video art, 'Citylapse' – Vista, Aaran & No.6 Art galleries. Tehran, Iran.
  • 2010 - ‘Saroseda v.2.0’, A/V installation, 'Small things can make me happy', w. Mahtab Alizadeh – Mohsen gallery. Tehran, Iran.


Miscellaneous Education:

  • 2017 - 'Audio Engineering Masterclass' Iranian National School of Cinema (INSC), Tehran, Iran.
  • 2017 - 'Designing sound for films' Mohammad Delpak, Karnameh Institute, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016 - 'Tape-loop' workshop by Andreas Spectl, Noise works, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2015 - 'World literature: Luis Borges' Dr. Amirali Nojoumian, Iranian Artists Forum. Tehran, Iran.