Pianist | Composer | Actor | Director | Filmmaker | Electronic musician | Producer | Writer | Educator
Filmmaker, Actor, and Sound Artist
Silent Music, a film by Adib
Silent Music is a collection of four short films showing an artist who is trying to make a film about a prison massacre. Silent Music depicts artist suppression and censorship by the combination of surreal and real sonic/visual elements. Silence is the principal theme that appears musically, theatrically, and conceptually. The primary musical instrument used is a small hand-worn motion sensor that tracks the movements of the performer, and creates the required sounds in real-time as well as playing the grand piano remotely.
Six pieces for Motion Sensors
These six pieces were created with the goal of integrating theater, live music-making, sound design, and motion sensors. In these pieces I tried to explore the possibilities that arise when I use my body as a musical instrument. This interdisciplinary project utilizes body movements to generate sounds in real-time. For this purpose, I wear gloves with embedded wireless motion sensors. The data receiving from the sensors is used for three purposes; to generate real-time synthesized sounds through a MAX/MSP patch , to trigger prerecorded samples, and to process my real-time voice.
This is a free improvisation using a variety of instruments, including the piano, drums, and some wind and string instruments that I have collected/played over the years; including a small lyre and a Ney-Taki (from South of Iran). In free improvisation, I attempt to make each event distinct while maintaining a strong structure using sounds and silent moments.
Solo improvisation concert - Irvine, California, xMPL theater hall, 2020.
Title - The End of the Story
Piano/composer - Adib Ghorbani, Violin and Electronics - soheilshay, Bass - jobergerac , Drums - aknudsrod,
2017, Niavaran, Tehran, Iran
Duo with Kamancheh
Piano - Adib Ghorbani, Kamancheh - Mohammad Karbalaei
2019, Pars Hall, Tehran, Iran
This is a live recording that took place via the internet between two sites. One in Amsterdam and the other in California.
Performing in Irvine, California, Adib Ghorbani - piano, Performing in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Soheil Shayesteh - Kamancheh
Theatrical Music Pieces
The Clowny Sky
Clowny Sky is a multidisciplinary project involving music, mime and the technology of motion sensors. In this piece the principal performer is equipped with gloves which have embedded motion sensors and his hand movements produce the music required for the performance. The story of 'Clowny Sky' tells the story of an elderly clown who refuses to perform for his masters.The narrative refers to the discriminations against performers in totalitarian societies.
2019 - Winifred Smith Hall, University of California, Irvine
Ten Musical Skits for Pianist and Electronicist
Eight Musical Skits for Pianist and Electronicist is an interdisciplinary project involving theater, music and technology. The score consists of improvised music, pre-composed music and acting. These skits focus on subjects including today’s sociopolitical issues, immigration and contemporary artistry.
Performed in SLSA Conference 2019, Irvine, California
Caricatures are usually a drawing, writing or spoken description that depicts someone's character through hyperbolic exaggeration of details. The aim of these caricatures is to criticize violence against female performers/athletes. As a part of this parody, the performers embody a spectrum of juxtaposed characters.
Winifred Smith Hall, Irvine, California, 2018
Caricatures are usually a drawing, writing or spoken description that depicts someone's character through hyperbolic exaggeration of details. Nine caricatures are based on the 1988 chemical attack in Halabja. This bitter parody attempts to convey the costs of war through a metaphoric atmosphere.
Performed in 2018, xMPL theater, UC Irvine, California
As a Teacher
Guest lecturer, Pitzer College in Claremont, California, 2019
Post Pandemic online classes at University of California, Irvine, 2020
Talks and Lectures
UCI Brain Initiative Launch Event - Neuro-Immersion Demo
UCI Brain is an academic initiative that fosters interdisciplinary interactions about our understanding of the brain. During the UCI Brain launch event in November 2019, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts participated in a demonstration to help illuminate one of the initiative’s cross-cutting themes centered on the arts entitled, The Artistic Brain.
My project studies the immersion level of the audience in two different types of music performances wherein one the audience is passive and in the other active. For this experiment, I composed a piece in two parts. The first part is a solo piano improvisation wherein the audience is passive and the second part is a musical improvisatory game that engages the audience to make music altogether.
Presentation by Adib Ghorbani
PhD thesis, Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program
2020, UC Irvine, California.
Online Educational Content
Online Courses in Farsi
Topic: Sexual Harassment: Better Training and Protection in music classes.
Discussing how teachers and music schools can help protecting children. Discussing the role and the importance of improvisation in teaching music.
Documentary about Adib
Perse is a project about current Iranian music. It is a cultural travel built to meet musicians from Iran and all over the world. It presents artists who share their roots, influences and passion. This episode is about Adib. (2016)
What happened in Panop by Adib Ghorbani. Published by NIME 2021.
New Interfaces for Musical Expression, also known as NIME, is an international conference about musical expression and artistic performance.
An Album by Del Sol Quartet - 2021
Label : Jordan Center for Persian Studies
Soheil Shayesteh (feat. Adib Ghorbani & Rashin Teimouri)
℗ 2020 Dronic Records
Released on: 2020-10-20
Four times recipient of Zarrinkelk Family Fellowship, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
The Schaeffer Graduate Fellowship, The International Center for Writing and Translation, UC Irvine, California, 2021
Graduate Division Completion Fellowship. 2021
Recipient of CTSA Dean’s Scholarship, 2019
Certificate of Honor, 2nd Grande Festival of Art for peace in Tehran, 2014
Nominated for the best film score of the year, Yas International Film Festival For the movie Green like Emerald, 2013