Sam Vafaei

Composer | Audio Engineer

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Bio

Sam Vafaei was born on March 14, 1984 in Tehran, Iran. He started taking piano lessons at age 7 with Raymond Sarkissian and later continued his studies under Reuben Arzoumanian. At age 20 he moved to Canada in order to continue his music studies at Dalhousie University, where he graduated from in 2008 with a bachelor of music degree in composition. After a short stay at New York University, Sam moved to Montreal to study Sound Recording at McGill University. He graduated from McGill in 2011 with a master of music degree in Sound Recording. Sam is currently pursuing a second master's degree in Music Technology at McGill.

While at Dalhousie, Sam studied piano under Lynn Stodola and Peter Allen, and composition under Jerome Blais. His mentors at McGill include renowned researcher Wieslaw Woszczyk, Grammy nominated producer Martha de Francisco, multiple Juno award winning engineer Jeff Wolpert, and multiple Grammy award winning engineers Richard King, Steven Epstein and George Massenburg.

So far in his career, Sam has worked with distinguished artists such as Alireza Ghorbani, Hossein Behroozinia, Pejman Hadadi, Parissa, Niyaz and Grammy award nominee Hossein Alizadeh. His latest project has been arranging and producing Marjan Farsad's debut album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Composer

A classically trained composer, Sam studied composition under Jerome Blais. He is capable of writing in a variety of styles such as classical, pop, rock, electronica, new age and avant-garde. He is also expeirenced in writing to picture.

Included in his works are a number of pieces for solo piano, a series of miniatures for piano and electric bass, compositions for string quartet, woodwind quintet, music for short films and TV series as well as arrangements for chamber ensembles. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by a number of ensembles in Iran and Canada, including the Advaar Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Audio Engineer

Sam started recording at age 14 by recording covers as well as his own compositions. As his projects grew, Sam gained more interest and experience in recording and decided to study audio engineering parallel to his music studies. To this day, he has recorded, mixed and mastered a number of albums and holds a master of music degree in Sound Recording from McGill University.

His mentors at McGill include renowned researcher Wieslaw Woszczyk, Juno and Grammy nominated classical producer Martha de Francisco, multiple Juno award winning engineer and producer Jeff Wolpert, and multiple Grammy award winning engineers and producers Richard King, Steven Epstein and George Massenburg.

So far in his career, Sam has worked with distinguished artists such as Alireza Ghorbani, Hossein Behroozinia, Pejman Hadadi, Parissa, Niyaz and Grammy award nominee Hossein Alizadeh. His latest project has been arranging and producing Marjan Farsad's debut album.

 

 

 

 

 

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