Shiva Feshareki is a critically acclaimed composer & turntablist, and NTS Radio DJ. Her diverse output explores electronics, acoustics, context and perspective through wide ranging practices that incorporate classical craft and experimental methodology. She was honoured with The 2017 Ivor Novello Award for Innovation (formerly known as British Composer Award), The Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (2009), as well as the BBC Young Composer’s Award (2004) with her first scored composition.
Her solo turntable performances fuse together sonic palettes using hyperphysical electronic manipulations and sampling techniques. Cuts from drum and bass, garage, gabber, deep minimalism and classical orchestral works are yielded to create complex live compositions that are as kinetic as they are delicate.
Feshareki also composes extensively for many renowned orchestras. Her compositional work is equally transformative, exploring the physicality of sound in relation to light, sculpture and movement. She was a composition scholar under Mark-Anthony Turnage, and obtained a Doctorate of Music from the Royal College of Music. Through her research, she has contributed to a rediscovery of some early pioneers in electronic music such as Pauline Oliveros, Daphne Oram and Éliane Radigue.
Feshareki is one of the most thought-provoking and innovative artists emerging in recent years and achieving international acclaim for her unique and absorbing improvisation and composition practice. Her work sits at the intersections of electronic music, fine art, free improvisation, classical composition, dance music culture and turntablism. The result are new forms of sonic materials, new engagements with sonic materiality and new philosophical perspectives.