Every Friday when he was a child, Pouya Hamidi would go for hikes in the mountains with his father. They lived in Tehran, Iran, where Hamidi studied piano. However, he was never very fond of doing his piano homework because he always preferred to make up his own music. Perhaps his piano teacher saw the future, because he didn’t mind.
After moving to Canada at the age of 12, Hamidi continued to study piano, composition, and eventually audio engineering, which is what brought him to The Banff Centre. This summer he is here as an audio engineer work study with the Film & Media department. In his spare time, Hamidi has been working on a project that brings many elements of his life together: composition, musical performance, Persian culture, and the mountains.
Hamidi is a member of the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT). Together, these five composers are creating a musical version of one of Iran’s most famous legends: Arash the Archer. The project is a collaboration involving more than 50 people, and it will launch Tirgan - the largest Persian festival outside of Iran – at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on Friday, July 19. Their composition will come to life with an orchestra, choir, soloist, actors, and video backdrop.
To hear more of Hamidi’s story, the legend of Arash the Archer, and some of Hamidi’s original composition, listen to this story produced by Jennifer Kingsley.