Photography by Heiki Liss. Black and white portrait of Thea.



Thea Farhadian is an interdisciplinary artist and performer based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin.

Her projects include solo violin and interactive electronics, improvisation, laptop performance, sound art, and video.

Thea's work has been seen internationally at venues, which include the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Center for Experimental Art and the Aram Kachaturyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, the Alternative Museum and Issue Project Room in New York City, Salon Bruit in Berlin, and the International Women's Electroacoustic Listening Room Project in Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

Thea studied Arabic classical music in New York City, San Francisco, and in Cairo. She has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College.

In 2009, she was a lecturer in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

LONGER BIOGRAPHY

Thea Farhadian is a performer/composer based in San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin. Her projects include solo violin and interactive electronics, acoustic improvisation, solo laptop, sound art, and video. Her solo pieces for violin and electronics combine a classical music background with extended technique and digital processing.

Thea's work has been seen internationally at venues which include the Issue Project Room, and Alternative Museum New York City, Galerie Mario Mazolli, Madame Claude, Sowieso, K77, and Salon Bruit in Berlin, the Room Series and Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Center for Experimental Art and the Aram Kachaturyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, International Women's Electroacoustic Listening Room Project at Bimhaus in Amsterdam. She has presented her compositions in conferences at the City University of London, Columbia University in New York, and at the University of Missoula in Montana.

In addition to her solo work, she has received a Zellerbach commission to do sound for video (by Kim Anno). She has also collaborated with Dafna Naphtali, Dean Santomeri, Heike Liss, and Daniel Schorno (Netherlands).

She has held residencies at Steim in the Netherlands and at Bait Makan in Jordan.

Thea was a member of the Berkeley Symphony orchestra where she played under Kent Nagano for ten years. Her background includes studies in Arabic classical music with Simon Shaheen (New York). She has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College.

In 2009, she was a lecturer in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

For more information visit www.theafarhadian.com

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