Mariam Rezaei (b.1984) is a composer, performer and improviser and works predominantly with the piano, voices, turntables and electronics.
Mariam is Artistic Director of TOPH, now based at Workplace Gallery in Gateshead. TOPH are a producing mixed arts space and are currently touring across the UK. She is Composer in Residence at the Literary and Philosophical Library, Newcastle, Artistic Director of The Old Police House (and Ensemble) and Bradford Scratch Orchestra.
She completed and was awarded her Doctoral degree in the Philosophy of Composition For Turntable and Ensemble at Durham University in May 2016 and is a lecturer in Music Technology and Composition at Newcastle University.
In 2013, Mariam was awarded Best Newcomer 2012 Award at the Journal Culture Awards and in 2014, the ‘Enhancing Communities Award’ from Stonewall and Newcastle Pride, for her work directing LGBT community choir, Northern Proud Voices. For the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, she composed for a 14 turntable ensemble of young people, NOISESTRA, to perform with Apartment House at Sage Gateshead, 2012 and Edinburgh 2013. She was invited by Ilan Volkov as a guest improviser for the BBC Proms 47 2012, the John Cage Centenary Celebration and performed ‘Jig Hop’ with Kathryn Tickell and Folkestra for the BT River of Music Opening of the London Olympics 2012, Trafalgar Square.
Notable instrumental commissions include Olavsfestdagene in Trondheim, for conductor Ilan Volkov, INSiiiDE, Tectonics Festival 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel, ANX, Tectonics Glasgow 2015 and Milk///,Tectonics Oslo 2016. ‘Stolen Voices’, a collaboration with Rebecca Collins and Johanna Linsley and BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2017 broadcast ‘SEAR’ with new ensemble SWARMFRONT. Mariam also worked with NOH Theatre, composing and performing live with Noh Theatre at Kings Place, May 2016. The Old Police House Ensemble and Bradford Scratch Orchestra have several local and national performances in preparation for 2018-19. All film performances have sold out and Mariam recently received a commission from Tilda Swinton to perform a live film score of ‘Metropolis’ at Glastonbury 2017 on main stage Pilton Palais Cinema. She was recently commissioned by Tectonics Mosaic/Cresc. Festival, Wiesbaden, and composed and performed with Ensemble Modern, TOP///.
Music Director credits in Theatre include ZENDEH’s ‘Flock’, ‘Cinema’ and ‘Transit’, Curious Monkey’s ‘Beats North’, Open Clasp’s ‘Jumping Puddles’, Northern Stage’s ‘Here Is The News…’, A Song For Ella Grey’ ‘War Of The Worlds’, Live Theatre's ‘Your Aunt Fanny’ ‘From The Sky To Your Hands’, RnD at RSC’s ‘The Other Place’ with Simon Startin, Plan B’s dance show ‘CITIZEN’. Dan Bye’s ‘Instruction For A Border Crossing’ for Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and sound design for Tom Well's ‘DRIP'.