Composer and pianist in diverse styles
Pouya’s compositional skills were primarily influenced by his years at the University of Toronto. During his undergraduate degree in Composition, he studied with several composers who each offered a unique perspective: Christos Hatzis, Ka Nin Chan, and Alexander Rapoport. Pouya writes for varied instrumentations, such as 13-piece contemporary ensemble, woodwind quintet, string quartet, and electo-acoustics. Aside from traditional tonal theory, he has a solid knowledge of contemporary music theory, such as extended techniques on instruments, impressionism, and 12-tone language. Pouya was awarded several scholarships, such as the Greta Kraus Scholarship, during his undergraduate studies, and he has received first place winnings for composition in the Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival (for five subsequent years), and the Markham Music Festival.
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Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild. Their all-original repertoire incorporates inspirations from Argentinean tango, Serbian folk and dance traditions, Persian classical repertoire, as well as music from the Classical (Bach, Prokofiev), and progressive rock worlds (Radiohead). Ladom doesn’t pretend to represent any one tradition, but rather expresses an authentically Canadian fusion. Ladom’s musical identity is combined from many sources and reflects a beautiful new world with a Western classical toolset. “Elegant and contemplative… rocking and fiery!” – Errol Nazareth, CBC
Moj is a duo music project by the Toronto composer and producer Pouya Hamidi and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Adam Campbell. It is an exploration of Hamidi’s unique acoustic and electronic toolkit. The project moves through his knowledge and experience in film scoring, orchestral and operatic composition, sound recording, classical piano, traditional Persian music, “world” music, and electronic music. Synchronized lights accompany the duo’s live performance and make the experience visually and sonically integrated. Campbell recently joined the project, bringing his powerhouse acoustic kit drumming to the sounds. The music of Moj reflects the contemporary clash of organic with industrial.
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