Johnny Azari Composes Music for ILLUSIONS & MIRRORS Film: On View 11/13-25 as Part of Dior's Miss Dior Exposition

October 30
6:53 2013

Johnny Azari Composes Music for ILLUSIONS & MIRRORS Film: On View 11/13-25 as Part of Dior's Miss Dior Exposition

Johnny Azari, seasoned musician, poet, and activist was brought on to create the compositional landscape for the highly anticipated Dior commissioned film Illusions & Mirrors directed by artist Shirin Neshat starring Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman and shot by Academy Award Nominee Darius Khondji.

This 12-minute long 'almost silent' video installation was brought to life by Mr. Azari's musical score, setting the scene for the beautiful imagery depicted throughout the black and white film. Illusions & Mirrors is set to be one of the featured art installations for Dior's Miss Dior Exposition at the Grand Palais from November 13th - 25th 2013 which will be accompanied by works from 14 other internationally celebrated female artists and designers.

"'Illusions & Mirrors'" came to me as a completely silent film and my job was to give it ears. Shirin Neshat's masterful images told an abstract story that I've felt too often in a literal way: is any of this real; who am I now, who have I been, and what will I be? The challenge of the piece was to not use music in an orthodox way, but rather write a tone poem. The mansion that Natalie Portman is lost in felt like a metaphor for one's mind. I tried to create those auditory moments in life that makes reality quite questionable." - Johnny Azari, composer and sound designer of Illusions & Mirrors.

Johnny Azari worked hand in hand with director and Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat, world-renowned for her installations and photos bringing greatness to this experimental film and art installation. The full-length film will premiere at the Miss Dior Exposition and only be available as an art piece in the exhibition. Filmed in Neshat's characteristic, radical, mainly black-and-white style, Illusions & Mirrors traces the somnambulistic hallucinations of a young woman, played by Natalie Portman. Illusions & Mirrors is about the futile attempt of chasing a shadow that wanders through the dunes of an empty beach. When it finally comes to an encounter in a deserted house, the young woman experiences a disturbing surprise.

In addition to Illusions & Mirrors, Mr. Azari has shared the stage with acts including The New York Dolls, Kiss, Nouvelle Vague, and Sussan Deyhim. Over a decade of work has led him to release 2 LPS and 6 EP's, score feature films, co-write a play for Performa, create a handful of videos for YouTube, two of which (occupation blues | freedom glory) enjoyed viral success, and earn him attention from The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, Brooklyn Vegan, The New York Observer, and Fuse.


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