Premieres X 

Nov 24th, 2021 

 7:30pm EST  



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Premieres X is the first digital concert of Thin Edge New Music Collective’s hybrid digital/in-person 2021/2022 season. We invite you to join us for the digital premiere of four exciting new works by visionary emerging composers Homa Samiei, Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, Matthew Ariaratnam and Paolo Griffin. 

Premieres X is free to attend virtually, with the option to contribute a PWYC donation to TENMC through our

Canada Helps Page. 

Purchase the band camp album here:



 Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi  - PS 752 (2020)*


Matthew Ariaratnam - kiitos, äiti (2020)* 

I - Birth | Fog | Distance

II - Acknowledgement | Gratitude | Grieving 


Homa Samiei - It Seems God is Falling Asleep (2020)*


Paolo Griffin - FELD/forms (2020)* 



TENMC Performers 

Cheryl Duvall - Piano 

Terry Lim - Flutes 

Nathan Petitpas - Percussion 

Anthony Thompson - Clarinets 

Ilana Waniuk - Violin 

Dobrochna Zubek- Cello 


*world premiere commissioned with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council  and the SOCAN Foundation.


Premieres X is presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Dream Cymbals, the Toronto Arts Council and the SOCAN Foundation.

Featured Composers:

Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi

Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi (b. 1997 Tehran, Iran) is a California-based composer and performer. She writes for hybrid instrumental and electronic ensembles and performs electroacoustic music. Kimia explores the unfamiliar familiar while constantly being driven by the mechanism of the human psyche and exploring ways to manipulate it. 

Her work has been featured in festivals such as The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (Virtual), Yarn/Wire Institute (Virtual), Ensemble Evolution (Virtual), New Music on the Point (Vermont, USA), wasteLAnd Summer Academy 2019 (Los Angeles, USA), EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet (Banff, Canada), Modulus Festival (Vancouver, Canada), and SALT New Music Festival (Victoria, Canada). 

Being a cross-disciplinary artist, she has actively collaborated on projects evolving around dance, film, and theatre. Kimia has been presented by organizations such as Iranian Female Composer Association, Music on Main, Western Front, Vancouver New Music, and Media Arts Committee. She has had publicity in papers such as The New York Times, Georgia Straight, MusicWorks Magazine, Vancouver Sun, and Sequenza 21. 

She has recently graduated from Simon Fraser University’s interdisciplinary School for the Contemporary Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Composition and having studied with Sabrina Schroeder and Mauricio Pauly. Kimia is currently pursuing a DMA degree in music composition at Stanford University.



Matthew Ariaratnam

Matthew Ariaratnam is an interdisciplinary sound artist, composer, guitarist, and listener based on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations – also known as Vancouver, BC. He creates sensory walks, writes dumbpop and chamber music, and frequently collaborates with choreographers, visual artists, and theatre-makers. 

Recent projects and commissions include: kiitos, äiti (Thin Edge New Music Collective), The View From Here (Jillian Peever/Sasha Ivanochko) Plastic Me (Naishi Wang),  Body Tuning  (Vines Art Festival), Creative Music Series 10 (NOW Society), Take Good Care (as dumbpop), Isolation Commission (Little Chamber Music Society), Altar :=: Source (Music on Main), and How long will these sounds sound? (Artist-in-Residence, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture). He has an MFA from Simon Fraser University and a BMus in Music Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University.