Iranian composer & improviser Golfam Khayam’s music is described by Al Jazeera as “Innovative art and a perfect testament to the universality of music.” Based on many years of her extensive research of the traditional Persian idiom throughout Iran and education and experience of the Western classical idiom, she has developed a personal language that reframes the two worlds of middle-eastern music and western music in contemporary compositions.
Winner of Rostrum of Composers “Windows of the World” in Paris, as well as recipient of Arvo Part Center annual scholarship residency, Golfam has appeared extensively as a performer-composer and her music is being performed worldwide. She has received commissions from highly recognized musicians and ensembles including Opera aix en provence, Klangwerkstatt Berlin, New West Symphony USA, Basel Music University FHNW, Multimod Geneve, as well as multimedia projects and film music produced in cooperation with the legendary Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami. Since 2016, Golfam has been signed on with the prestigious German record label ECM records.
Golfam Khayam was born and grew up in Iran in a family of artists in Tehran. After having earned Master’s degrees in Interprétation Specialisée de Soliste and composition at the Geneva University in Switzerland, as well as attending electronic improvisation courses at IRCAM in Paris, she is currently an associate professor at the Tehran Art University.