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Microlocking II

by Saman Shahi

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All 2020 proceeds from this release will be donated to the COVID-19 Iran Relief Fund administered by the Canadian-Iranian Foundation. This fund helps deliver emergency supplies and protective gear to front line medical professionals in Iran, which has been one of the Asian continent regions most severely affected by COVID-19.


Microlocking II, for electric guitar solo, is the new single by Toronto-based, Iranian-Canadian composer Saman Shahi. The piece was commissioned in mid-2019 by electric guitarist Andrew Noseworthy and recorded during Summer 2020, following a lengthy workshopping and collaborative process between the composer and performer throughout the previous Winter season.

Described by Shahi as “an effort to fuse groove and microtonality with inspirations from both the contemporary classical methodology as well as Iranian traditional improvisation practices,” the piece serves as a sequel to the composer’s first Microlocking work for 6 detuned digital pianos and 3 pianists. Microlocking II picks up where the first leaves off by incorporating extensive electronic effects and performance techniques that the electric guitar is capable of including looping, pitch shifting, detuned harmonization, fretboard tapping and various layers of distorted tones.


released October 30, 2020


Composed by Saman Shahi

Performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Andrew Noseworthy

Commissioned by Andrew Noseworthy with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Album art by Mahsa Majidia

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Saman Shahi Toronto, Ontario

Saman is a composer, pianist and conductor in Toronto. He is a member of SOCAN, Canadian League of composer and Canadian Music Centre. His compositions have been performed across the globe. He is the music director at the Peterborough Concert Band, and works as a composer with the Canadian Opera Company. His album "Breathing in the Shadows" was recorded and released in 2020 by Leaf Music. ... more

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