Taneen Benefit Performance

Live Sound Performance Benefit

Taneen Benefit Performance

Friday, March 10th, 2023

Doors at 7:00, Program at 7:30

Benefit Performance. Please make donations to Hengaw Foundation and Red Crescent International

Please join us for public performances by Thea Farhadian with Silvia Matheus, and Sahba Aminikia with Adrienne Shamszadorganized by the Taneen Working Group.

Live improvisational and collaborative performances to support community organization and relief as part of a series exploring the ongoing Iranian feminist revolutionary movement.

On Friday, Thea Farhadian (violin) and Silvia Matheus (electronics) will respond to current states of uncertainty and loss by locating a musical language to express elements of indeterminacy and emptiness. Their dynamic work integrates random sources with real-time processing, combining textured-based material, tonality, and microtonality.

Please note that Southern Exposure continues to ask all visitors to wear masks while inside the gallery. 

Sahba Aminikia is a San Francisco-based composer, musically exploring the dichotomy of light and dark. Trained classically and influenced globally, Aminikia’s work has been widely performed around the world and commissioned by theatre troops, contemporary classical ensembles, film scores, Persian traditional music groups as well as jazz bands including Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Symphony Parnassus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Delphi Trio and Living Earth Show. He has recently been the artist-in-residence at Kronos Festival 2017, an annual festival held by legendary Kronos Quartet at San Francisco SFJAZZ throughout which ten of his works including four new pieces were performed. Aminikia is also the Artistic Director for Flying Carpet Festival, a mobile music festival which serves children in need in war zones. He also serves as the Musical Director for Sirkhane, a non-profit organization based in Mardin, Southern Turkey which serves around 400,000 children through circus arts and music.


Thea Farhadian is a violinist/composer whose projects include solo violin and interactive electronics, acoustic improvisation, solo laptop, radio art, and video. Her work has been seen internationally at venues that include the Issue Project Room, Downtown Music Gallery, Alternative Museum in New York City, Galerie Mario Mazolli and Sowieso in Berlin, the Room Series, and Center for New Music in San Francisco, the Center for Experimental Art and the Aram Kachaturyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, and International Women's Electroacoustic Listening Room Project at Bimhaus in Amsterdam.


Silvia Matheus is a Brazilian electronic music composer with a focus on interactive improvisation with computers, electronics, and instrumental ensemble. She has composed music for multi-media projects, video, film, audio installations and radio plays. Her compositions have been presented at the prestigious International Computer Music Conference (ICMC): Hong Kong, China (1997); Banff, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Havana, Cuba (2001); Copenhagen, Denmark (2007) and New York, USA (2010), and at Inter Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA) at the Art Institute of Chicago.


An Oakland, California native of Iranian heritage, Adrienne Shamszad has performed with beloved and renowned artists such as Kitka, David Wilcox, SOVÓSO, Coleman Barks, and Mahsa Vahdat. She has been in productions by groups such as The Berkeley Repertory Theater, Golden Thread Productions, and Diaspora Arts Connection.