Arash Behzadi is a Canadian-Iranian pianist and composer based in Toronto. He started playing piano at fifteen which began his musical journey. He released his first album, the Persian influenced Aram-E Del I – Serenity of the Heart I in 2009, following up with the sequel in 2011. He then began to explore New Age music, releasing With Closed Eyes in 2015. He has performed in Geneva, New York, the Tirgan Festival in Toronto and the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
This track, The Last Sigh, is from his latest album Elsewhere and has been inspired by recent trips to Bali and Indonesia. It is a piano-based instrumental that showcases Arash’s gift for both classical composition and his talents as a pianist. Starting with simple but commanding, powerful low-end piano chords, the solemn and poignant tone becoming heightened when it moves to the higher octaves and adds a beautiful melody in the right hand.
Arash’s compositional technique is his own, but you can hear the influence of Philip Glass and Ludovico Einaudi. Gradually, a solo cello enters, adding to the hymnal beauty of the sound. The music slowly becomes more strident and passionate, reaching a climax towards the four minute mark. It then returns to the delicacy of the early sections before building back up once more, the cello part becoming more insistent. This raises the musical tension to a high pitch before returning to the same powerful chord with which it began.
Overall, this is a wonderfully poignant piece of modern classical that contains the beauty of traditional classical music with the more accessible structures of modern composers like Philip Glass. As the huge success of fellow pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has shown, there is a huge market for this kind of music and The Last Sigh could be a big step towards Arash Behzadi becoming a household name.