Mariam Rezaei (b.1984) Composer in Residence at The Literary and Philosophical Library, Newcastle, Artistic Director of NOISESTRA and The Old Police House, in Gateshead. In 2013, Mariam was awarded Best Newcomer 2012 Award at the Journal Culture Awards and in 2014, the ‘Enhancing Communities’ Award with Northern Proud Voices. Mariam works predominantly with turntables, piano, vocals and electronics.
Mariam composes and performs in theatre including ‘Flock’ and ‘Cinema’ by ZENDEH, ‘Beats North’ by Curious Monkey, ‘Into Thin Air’ by Precious Cargo, ‘Here Is The News’ Northern Stage and Lorne Campbell, ‘Your Aunt Fanny’, Live Theatre and ‘Jumping Puddles’ by Open Clasp Theatre Co.
With kind support from Arts Council England, Mariam began the first ever composer residency at the Literary and Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle, in May 2014, working with Neil Davidson (Glasgow), Rhodri Davies (Gateshead) and Michael Duch (Norway) in short term research projects. Mariam will continue her research in to the poetry of Persian poet Rumi and the aesthetic of the Lion as Ego, the dichotomy between Intellect and Love and its relationship with Art.
Mariam is Musical Director of turntable ensemble NOISESTRA and the Old Police House, based at the Old Police House venue in Gateshead. She is Music Director of the Award-Winning choir Northern Proud Voices, DJ Tutor with Lawnmower’s Theatre Company ‘Krocodile Klub’ and Bradford Scratch Orchestra. In her spare time, she writes for NARC Magazine.
For the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, she composed for 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. She performed ‘Jig Hop’ with Kathryn Tickell and Folkestra for the BT River of Music Opening of the London Olympics 2012, Trafalgar Square. Recent performance research includes performing graphic scores by Richard Dawson, developing new work as Wax Magnetic, a new BFI commission for ‘Der Golem’ with Noize Choir, ‘SuperDream’ with Isis Arts, Swallows Foundation, British Council ZA and The Trinity Session ZA. Other commissions include Olavsfestdagene, Norway, for Turntable Quartet, Solo voice and Double Bassist Michael Duch, and ‘INSiiiDE’ an ensemble piece for Ilan Volkov, Tectonics Festival, Tel Aviv. ‘ANX’ was a commission for TECTONICS GLASGOW and the BBC, for members of the BBC SSO and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, premiered on May 1st and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. MILK/// was a commission for ONLY CONNECT and Tectonics Oslo, 2016