Studied mechanical engineering, instrumental and electronic composition, musicology and history in Tehran, Kashan, Rotterdam, Bremen, Essen and Cologne. Setar and Persian music with Hamid Motebassem. Teaching activities in analysis (contemporary music, computer-aided music analysis, use of technical analysis media), new music, music reception and reflection, ethnomusicology at the Folkwang University of the Arts (Essen) and the University of Music Münster. Work as a composer, musician, ethnomusicologist, workshop and project director. Founder of the concert series “Ein Hauch von Gegenwart” (A Touch of the Present), co-founder of the Platform for Transcultural New Music (a project of the Zukunftsakademie NRW, 2015 – 16), co-founder and chairman of the “Association for Contemporary Transcultural Music”. Artistic and scientific direction of various projects. Various composition commissions and scholarships. Performances in Europe, Asia and the USA.