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Daniel Sabzghabaei

Daniel is a doctoral student in the composing department. Outside of composing, he is learning Farsi, he is in CUMEME (Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble) singing and learning santoor, he plays soccer, he makes the best guacamole, and he plays Smash Bros.

On his favorite musical experience outside of Ithaca: "One of the recent musical experiences that has really stayed with me was hearing Aruna Sairam, an incredibly powerful and virtuosic vocalist from India, perform a set with a band of other masters at the 2016 Ojai Music Festival. It was such an engrossing and wonderful performance, time moved differently for me then, something I try to capture in my work as an artist, every time I sit down to write or get on stage to perform: these timeless experiences are what give me life."