Saba Alizadeh


Saba Alizadeh born in Tehran, Iran is an unparalleled figure at the forefront of Persian music. Renowned internationally as an experimental music composer and master instrumentalist of Persian music (playing the Kamancheh).

He is the son of the world renowned Hossein Alizadeh and has toured worldwide for the past decade.

Saba studied photography for his Bachelor degree in Tehran and he also holds an MFA from California Institute of the arts in Experimental Sound Practices.

Saba's musical career branches into two different paths.

One is Saba as a virtuoso on kamancheh ,a soloist and a collaborator.

The other is Saba as a musician in the experimental realm in which his pieces also tend to have a theatrical element to them.

"Alizadeh's compositions evoke both the personal and the political through the use of mixed media, electroacoustic processing and improvisation. Alizadeh will be seen in the years to come as among Iran's most forward thinking composers.

Saba is also the founder of "Noise works",a platform in Tehran which mostly focuses on performing and educating sonic arts.

Saba is also an internationally acclaimed photographer.

His latest series "Light & Soil" has been exhibited in such cities as Tehran,Moscow,Paris,Kuwait,London and etc along side acclaimed artists such as Shirin Neshat.



Born in Iran , Tehran 1983



BFA in photography(Azad university Tehran)

MFA in Experimental sound practices (Calarts , California)


Instrumental Music performances:

Playing Kamancheh(the Persian spike fiddle)for the past 24 years, studied the instrument with Saeed Farajpoury and Kayhan Kalhor.


Former member of “Nour” ensemble 2003-2008 toured Iran and Europe

Former co-founder of the “Land trio" 2010-2013 toured North America and Mexico

Current member of Hamavayan ensemble 2001-now toured Iran , North America, Europe


More than 150 live performances on stage, including prestiges venues such as Carnegie hall in New York


Soundtracks :

“Preservation of the Hawksbill turtles” directed by Saba Alizadeh (commissioned by UNDP) 2007

“Facing the mirror” directed by Sara Khaki 2013

“Simorq” an animation directed by Meghdad Asadi Lari 2013

“Closed Circuit” a play Directed by Pegah Tabasinejad 2017


Electronic/noise music:


California electronic music exchange concert series (CEMEC) 2013

Tadaex 2014 (Tehran’s digital annual exhibition): playing no input mixer

Rooftop Microconcert series (Tehran) 2015: playing laptop and objects

Aab-Anbar-no (performance in an old water reservoire in Sari) 2016 : Playing laptop



Founder of "Noise works" Platform:

Since 2015 “Noise works” a platform/laboratory for electronic/experimental music located in Tehran was created.

Noise works main focus is on education and performance in this realm.



Sound workshops 2016:  by Saba Alizadeh, Held in Tehran and Ghazvin

Tape loops 2017 : by Andreas Spechtle (organized by Saba Alizadeh), held in Tehran



Aural events : which are a series of concerts happening every month or two regarding electronic/noise music curated by me and with the co-operation of the Silkroad gallery.



Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz Austria, 2016

Lou Harrison house of music and arts, Joshua Tree,California, 2013,2015

Earthfire institute, Idaho, 2012