Shiva Feshareki is an experimental classical composer, radio presenter and turntablist of British Iranian heritage. Her work explores the sound of electricity through a wide range of practices and collaborative processes incorporating classical methodology. She was awarded the 2017 Award for Innovation at the British Composer Awards for her groundbreaking approaches.
Her turntable performances slice apart disparate sonic palettes before sewing them back together with expert sampling techniques. Cuts from old-school garage and d’n’b records electrify her sets, while deep minimalist composers such as Pauline Oliveros and James Tenney provide a layer of delicacy and complexity that has been responsible for transforming Shiva’s wider approach to music.
Turntabling is also a signature element of her compositional work, which explores the physicality of sound in relation to light and movement. Most recently, in ‘GABA-analogue’ (2017), Shiva employed space as a compositional tool to create a surround-sound orchestra inside London’s Printworks nightclub.
The pioneering work of 20th Century composers Eliane Radigue, Daphne Oram, James Tenney and Pauline Oliveros have had a profound effect on Shiva’s approach to music. Shiva continuously endeavours to honour the legacy of their work through her own compositions, radio shows, self-curated events and collaborations with other artists.