Roxanna Albayati 2021
to receive training in Iranian music with Faraz Eshghi and record for the Into The Ocean project
Roxanna is a cellist, improviser, teacher and researcher. She merges experimental music and performance art through exploring cross-cultural improvisation and physicality of performance. In 2015, Roxanna completed her BMus in Music at Goldsmiths, UoL, and in 2020, she completed her MA in Performance and Music Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating with distinction. Roxanna is now working at TL as part of a co-research team, specifically focusing on cross-departmental practices, identity and student sense of belonging.
She is one of the founding members of the New Maker Ensemble, a group dedicated to experimenting with various art forms of new music and performance art. In 2019 Roxanna won the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition with duo partner Kristjan Kannukene.
She has performed in venues and events such as IKLECTIK, King’s Cross ‘Tête-à-tête’ Opera Festival, METRIC IP (EAMT, Tallinn, Estonia), Sounds Like THIS Festival (Leeds College of Music) and We Make Tomorrow Climate Summit (Serpentine Galleries, London).
She says: During this project I will study and receive training in Iranian music with Faraz Eshghi, in order to deepen my connection and identity with Iranian music. I will intertwine my Iranian music skills with my solo improvisation practice, strengthening my performances and collaborations, including an upcoming recording project with Into the Ocean (an album of improvisations and commissioned work for solo cello by emerging artists).