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Stay Close, the exciting composition project led by Soosan Lolavar, will come to a close with its final performing this evening. Stay Close is a ten-month project harnessing contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research periods in both Iran and the UK, Soosan has produced a new piece of music that considers ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the Iranian-British community.

A core part of Stay Close was a trip to Tehran where Soosan spent a month with Hermes Records which promotes contemporary and avant-garde classical music in Iran, as well as workshops in the UK with Farsi speaking young people and their families in South London.

You can find out more about Stay Close in this video which was produced by the BBC, and you can book a free place at tonight’s performance here.Stay Close V&A IMG_1577

(Written on May 20, 2014 )

In a fantastic article for International Arts Manager released today, Soosan Lolavar talks about the music, rehearsal process and travels behind her project Stay Close, an artistic exchange between Iran and the UK. The yearlong project will result in a new piece of music composed by Soosan that considers ethnic identity through the lens of the British-Iranian community.

Soosan Lolavar is a British-Iranian composer and sound artist. As part of the project, Soosan explored her own cultural heritage by travelling to Iran where she met with composers at Hermes Records, a Tehran-based record label. On returning to the UK, Soosan lead a series of workshops at the IYDA, (Iranian Youth Development Association), a community group for Iranian diaspora and migrant Farsi-speakers in South-East London.

You can find out more about Soosan’s travels to Iran, the combining of Iranian and Western music, the outreach that is an essential and special part of Stay Close and the beginnings of the rehearsal process for the first project concert at the V&A on 11th April by reading the full International Arts Manager article here.

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(Written on April 1, 2014 )

WildKat PR spoke to British-Iranian composer and sound artist Soosan Lolavar who founded the music project ‘Stay Close‘, which harnesses contemporary classical music as means of a cultural exchange between Iran and the UK.

Take a look at our video blog to hear what Soosan had to say.

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(Written on March 13, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Soosan Lolavar and Stay Close to its client roster.

Soosan is a British-Iranian composer, musicologist and educator who works with both electronic and acoustic sound in a wide variety of genres. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the ICA, Circus Space, and Blackheath Concert Halls.

Her ten month project Stay Close, harnesses contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research in Iran and the UK, a new piece of music will be composed by Soosan that will consider ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the British-Iranian community. WildKat PR will be promoting Stay Close’s concerts in at the V&A on April 11th and at City University on May 20th, as well as raising the project’s profile.

With Soosan Lolavar’s eclectic musical background and passion for cross-cultural work, there is no doubt that Stay Close will be a fascinating and educational cultural exchange.

(Written on February 5, 2014 )