Thursday / July 26th
Tehran - Azadi Tower

As the finale for the first night of SET X CTM, we will have the long-awaited Sacred Horror In Design, an A/V collaboration between Tehran-based musician Sote (@ata_ebtekar) and Berlin-based visual artist @tarik_barri , featuring Arash Bolouri (@arashbl) and @behrouz_pashaei on Iranian instruments Santoor and Setar. Here’s a little info about the performance: “Sacred Horror In Design A/V was developed from a commission by CTM Festival as an audio/ visual project in collaboration with Tarik Barri. Inspired by CTM’s 2017 theme, Fear Anger Love, and its relevance to Sote’s childhood following the 1979 Iranian revolution, this performance reveals a dramatic blend of acoustic Persian instrumentation and contemporary electronics. 
Working with Arash Bolouri who plays the santour (Persian hammered dulcimer), and Behrouz Pashaei on the long-necked, four-string setar, Sote frames and responds to each instrumentalist’s artistry as the piece oscillates between the traditional and the radical. Bolouri and Pashaei’s acoustic melodies are offset against Sote's electro-acoustical context, their sounds frequently manipulated and distorted beyond recognition. 
Realtime visuals are generated by Tarik Barri, known for his collaborations with musicians like Thom Yorke, Paul Jebanasam, and Nicolas Jaar. Analogous to the contrasting elements within the music, the visuals express a constantly shifting dynamic between traditional Iranian patterns and noisy, colourful digital distortions, sometimes appearing in harmony, at other times clashing in violent opposition. Sacred Horror in Design A/V boldly builds and burns bridges as it explores relationships between past and future, image and sound, electronic and acoustic, audience and performer.”