Hassan Estakhrian is a musical storyteller. He is a composer, performer, songwriter, intermedia artist, producer, music technologist, sound engineer, and educator. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Hassan performs and records on electric bass, guitar, keyboards, drum set, and a slew of other instruments both acoustic and digital. He is also the director of the music group, Antenna Fuzz. He collides rock/funk/jazz with experimental/chamber music and incorporates electronics and various forms of media.
Hassan’s compositional aesthetic is represented by a variety of quirky creations and narratives—animal avatars flown across a 3D simulated environment with Wiimotes manipulating various parameters of music, a musical game with graphic scorecards, sci-fi rock operas about turkey sandwiches and social issues, a work framed around a sandbox, toys, a boy, and sea critters, and a mixed-chamber piece with prepared piano.
Hassan has composed for renown ensembles and artists such as JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, WasteLAnd, Tak, Variant 6, The Living Earth Show, Mocrep, Ensemble Proton Bern, and Aleksander Gabrys. His work has been performed in the United States, Europe, and Taiwan, and streamed online at many events and festivals. He has released the live album of his sci-fi rock opera called Zolk Tizzer Live! and an EP called Interwebbed performed with The Living Earth Show. He also has song releases under his band name, Antenna Fuzz.
Over the course of his formal education, Hassan has studied with Mark Applebaum, Nicole Mitchell, Jarosław Kapuściński, Chris Chafe, Brian Ferneyhough, Erik Ulman, Chris Dobrian, Ko Umezaki, Michael Dessen, Robert Maggio, Adam Silverman, Larry Nelson, Van Stiefel, and others. He has earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition from West Chester University and a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from University of California, Irvine.
Hassan is based in California (LA and Bay Area) and is currently working towards a doctoral degree in music composition at Stanford University, where he is the recipient of The David R. Coelho Graduate Fellowship.