Lecturer in Music
- Dr Saeid Kordmafi
- Email address:
- +44 (0)20 7898 4433
- SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
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- Academic Support Hours:
- Wednesdays 10-11am, Thursdays 10am-1pm
Saeid Kordmafi is an ethno/musicologist with special interest in cross-cultural music studies of the Islamic World. His research focuses on the history of music theories and their relation to practice in classical traditions of the maqām realm. Having completed a BA in Classical Iranian Music and an MA in Art Studies (music studies) both at University of Tehran, he received his PhD from the Department of Music at SOAS University of London where he was supported by a Felix Full Scholarship. His doctoral thesis looks at rhythmic organisation in the classical music of the Arab Mashriq. He was also awarded the first BFE Fieldwork Grant (2015) as well as AAWM Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award (2019).
Saeid has worked in the Music Departments at the Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia and Tehran University of Art as a senior researcher and lecturer, respectively. Now, he is a member of the editorial board of Mahoor Music Quarterly in Iran.
A professional composer and performer, he has learnt classical Iranian music from a number of distinguished musicians in Iran, endeavouring to explore various performance and compositional styles of the given tradition. He is also one of the leading musicians of a revival movement, seeking to revitalize the pre-modern aesthetic in Iranian music; an undertaking inspired by historical pieces of evidence as well as neighbouring traditions which have partly preserved the previously shared musical heritage. As a soloist on the Iranian santur, Saeid has participated in a good number of live performances, recordings, and workshops in the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe, and the United States, actively engaged in carrying out various collaborative music-making projects with acclaimed musicians from Central Asia and the Arab world. He co-founded Rahâ Ensemble in 2007 and has so far released six CDs in Iran (as a composer and performer). His recent music-making project in the UK is the Phoenix of Persia (Tiny Owl Publishing 2019), a collaborative compositional work accompanying an illustrated children’s book based on one of the ancient epic stories of the Shâhnâme.
He is also the convenor of the Performance Portfolio in the Department of Music at SOAS University of London.