The Gāthās

for Piano

Artwork: Rapahel (1509-1511); The School of Athens (detail).
Instrumentation: Piano
Total duration hitherto: 20'
Date: 11 June 2020Location: New York, New York, USA

The Gāthās for Piano is a series of compositions of which the rhythmic structure is derived and developed from the language of Zarathustra's homonymous book of poems (The Gāthās), Gāthic or Old Avestan which belongs to the ancient Iranian language group that is a sub-group of Eastern families of the Indo-European languages. These pieces were formed by applying the poem's meter which is historically related to the Vedic tristubh-jagati family of meters. This project, in content, was inspired by the poems expounding on the divine essences of truth (Asha), the good-mind (Vohu Manah), and the spirit of righteousness.

Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1, stanzas I & II were dedicated to Jared Redmond by whom they were premiered at the San Francisco Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA, on Friday, February 15, 2019. This is the recording of the Asian premiere, by the same pianist, at Hanyang University, in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday, June 3, 2019.

The last page from Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1, stanza I

A page from Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1, stanza II

Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1, stanza III was dedicated to Jonathan Powell, in honor of his 50th birthday, by whom it was premiered at NeoArte Festival, Gdansk, Poland, on Saturday, October 26, 2019. This is the recording of the Czech premiere of the piece, by the pianist, at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague's Music Faculty (HAMU) on Friday, November 15, 2019. He performed this composition also in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Irland, on March 5, 2020, and again in the Czech Republic, in Setkávání Nové Hudby Plus (Meetings of New Music), at Janáček Academy (JAMU) of Brno, on December 8, 2020.

Performances

'20. Samadi, Saman. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Concert. Jonathan Powell, pianist. Setkávání Nové Hudby Plus (Meetings of New Music), Janáček Academy (JAMU), Brno, Dec 8, 2020.'20. Samadi, Saman. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Concert. Jonathan Powell, pianist. Queen’s University, Belfast, March 5, 2020.'19. Samadi, Saman. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Concert. Jonathan Powell, pianist. The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), Prague, November 15, 2019.'19. Samadi, Saman. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III. Concert. "NeoArte Festival." Jonathan Powell, pianist. Gdansk, October 26, 2019.'19. Samadi, Saman. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanzas I, and II. Concert. Jared Redmond, pianist. Hanyang University, Seoul, June 3, 2019.'19. Samadi, Saman. The Gāthās for Piano: Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanzas I, and II. Concert. Jared Redmond, pianist. The San Francisco Center for New Music, San Francisco, February 15, 2019.