F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"A wonderful array of music adds depth and warmth... Actors play instruments, offstage and on, and composer and sound designer Amir Shirazi has provided Elizabethan music and Aztec flight and drum riffs. A well-paced vocal phrase, the ring of a bell, add to the stage magic."
-The Oregonian on O ROMEO
"Composer Amir Shirazi has written some lovely, lilting tunes for this production."
-Artslandia on LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
"... beautiful original tunes through sections of text that the script indicates are songs but of course Shakespeare doesn’t bother to score. Chaves' closing “cuckoo song” solo is especially lovely..."
-OR Arts Watch on LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
“The idea of adding music from this period is quite a stroke of genius. Not only does it illustrate the feelings of the characters but it quite entertaining in itself... the addition of music (w/Shirazi) is the icing on an already deliciously layered dessert.”
“Props to Musical Director, Amir Shirazi.”
-Notes from a Shakespeare Nerd on TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
"I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful music written by Amir Shirazi and very well performed by the entire cast. Bravo."
-Notes from a Shakespeare Nerd on TWELFTH NIGHT
H I G H L I G H T S
March 2015 - The Portland Gay Men's Chorus performs "Celebrate the Journey" - a mission-based choral concert production managed by Amir Shirazi.
January 2015 - "Echoes: a Cabaret Response to the Dissappeared" makes its world-premiere in Portland, OR and features arrangements and music direction by Amir Shirazi. Additionally, Amir served as co-creator on this show.
December 2014 - Amir's "Gloria" - an a cappella composition for men's chorus from his "Missa Turbae" - received its East Coast premiere, performed by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D.C.
December 2014 - "When I See You" - a Christmas song for men's chorus - is performed by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, OR. Orchestration by David Hastings. Also receiving its premiere at this concert, Amir's original arrangement of Train's "Shake Up Christmas" is performed by Cascade.
April 2014 - Amir becomes the new Artistic Director of Without Apology, an all-male a cappella group in Portland, OR!