Mohammad Hadi Ayanbod

Mohammad Hadi Ayanbod (1980, Iran, Poland) is Persian composer, author and music educator. He is one of the most prolific composers of the new generation; currently completing his PhD degree in composition under the supervision of legendary Polish composer Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, Poland. He has won several prestigious national and international prizes and commissions. His works are regularly performed by various soloists, ensembles and orchestras around the world.

Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a piece composed based on the hypothetical dialogues between Satan, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Unlike the biblical story that starts from the present time and then gives us insights about what was happened in the past, I did start in the very past time; from the eternal time and seek the same narration through to the present and even into the future. What is the source and power of the metamorphosis is was a matter that I dealt with in musical ideas. And like the original story, what forces degraded musical ideas to decay or degrade.

For this purpose I’ve chosen an Oboe and String Quartet as a very flexible medium. Those instruments are capable of showing small changes in sonority and timber to reminisce the metamorphosing process required for those dialogues and the deceptiveness of the mankind when face to face with Satan.