Member Profile: Vahid Jahandari
VAHID JAHANDARI is a graduate student in composition at the University of Texas at Austin where he studies with Russell Pinkston, Bruce Pennycook, and Yevgeniy Sharlat. He is currently employed as a teaching assistant in electronic music at the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies in Austin. He holds a Bachelor's degree in composition from the Tehran University of Art, with an emphasis in contemporary music. Jahandari's primary influences are derived from ancient Persian music, although he incorporates these with his own unique contemporary style. In some cases, he purposefully conflicts different musical genres by juxtaposing them within the same piece to create new musical effects. He is a big fan of polyrhythms, multi-harmony styles, Iranian modes, multi-meters, using different scales simultaneously, and is an avid follower of György Ligeti, Charles Ivas and Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky, Thomas Ades and Arvo Pärt.