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Fahad Siadat

New York, NY         

Fahad Siadat creates interdisciplinary storytelling works, folding together words, sound, and movement into mythic narratives. He is an advocate of innovative and adventurous music, particularly for vocal ensembles and approaches this advocacy as a performer, composer, conductor and entrepreneur.

Fahad maintains a robust schedule of solo and ensemble performing including performances at SASSAS, the Hear Now Festival, Tuesdays@MonkSpace, and the Masters in the Chapel Concert Series. He sings with C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, a group dedicated to contemporary choral music, and HEX Vocal Ensemble, for which he is artistic director. He is also co-artistic director of The Resonance Collective in New York, an interdisciplinary music/dance ensemble with collaborator Andre Megerdichian. He has previously been a conductor of the CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Columbia University Glee Club, and assistant conductor of The Industry opera company in Los Angeles.

Fahad is regularly commissioned to compose, and act as music director for, concert music ensembles, dance companies, theater troupes, and film studios. He has worked as composer and/or music director for: Theater Dybbuk, Rosanna Gamson Dance, Monmouth University, Seton Hill College, C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, Smitten Kitten Film Productions, the award winning Armada Films, Jacksonville Dance Theater, the California EAR Unit, New Century Players, TOCCATA Orchestra, and Warrior Poet Theater Group. His music has been performed in Europe, China, and across the United States.

In addition to his creative work, Fahad is an arts entrepreneur and administrator. He has a reputation as a dynamic and engaging speaker and has written articles and presented on such topics as The Future of Choral Music (NewMusicBox), Collective Models for Choirs (Chorus America), and Exploring Timbre in Choral Ensembles (ACDA). In 2012, he founded See-A-Dot Music Publishing, Inc., a company devoted to the advocacy of new choral works and emerging composers. He is currently a faculty member at Chaffey College where he teaches composition and is assistant conductor of choirs. Fahad is a founding member of the Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles and a board member of C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective in New York.

Fahad is an active performer of Brazilian music and dance and has performed with Capoeira Narahari and Raizes do Brasil, is a rock-climbing enthusiast, and a tri-athlete.

Articles by Fahad Siadat:

Articles March 26 2018 | By Fahad Siadat
Exploring Timbre in Choral Music

In choral music, timbral varieties are generally confined to specific styles and genres. But now there’s a growing body of work incorporating a variety of timbres that is accessible to...

Articles March 19 2018 | By Fahad Siadat
Giving Singers Creative Control

Composers can open up a whole new world of sound and textural possibilities through the use of indeterminate sections in a piece, whereby individual voices break away from others in...

Articles March 12 2018 | By Fahad Siadat
The New Polyphony

The future of choral music will embrace techniques that preserve the horizontal approach to writing, while maintaining accessibility and not falling into anachronistic musical styles.

Articles March 5 2018 | By Fahad Siadat
The Future of Choral Music

Highly chromatic or atonal music is rarely written for choirs, and the deep exploration of timbre found in instrumental pieces from later in the 20th century has mostly been ignored...