IMAGE: Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers Lab (featuring Parham Daghighi), The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 2022. Artwork © Tarek Atoui. Photograph by Leon Alesi.

The Whisperers Performance

Collaboration is central to artist Tarek Atoui’s work. Before The Whisperers opened to the public, three musicians-in-residence each spent two weeks experimenting with sound-making materials Atoui designed, creating dynamic exchanges between the artist and Austin’s vital community of experimental musicians and sound artists.

In this performance, musician-in-residence Parham Daghighi will take earlier research full circle by responding to the artist’s completed installation.

Throughout Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers, we invite you to experience the exhibition in some new and unexpected ways:

  • Book tickets to a formal performance to experience how the musicians-in-residence and their collaborators have experimented with the artist’s work to create new ways of perceiving sound. 
  • Delve into explorations of sound in guided listening sessions led by musicians and other facilitators.
  • Buy tickets to see the exhibition any time and experience compositions of sounds emitted by the objects on view, reverberating throughout the space, challenging your notions of what sound can do. 

Visit to see the full schedule of these unique performances and events.

Due to the format of the performances, capacity is limited and late arrivals will not be admitted. Please reserve your spot and arrive early!

About Parham Daghighi
Parham Daghighi is an Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist and experimentalist active in contemporary improvised music. Recent foci include amplified acoustic guitar, drum set, clarinet, and instruments from the Persian art music tradition including setar and tombak. Daghighi is a core member of Texas-based exploratory music groups SSBT and Virginity, though his practice allows him to interface with any musician or artist interested in working improvisationally. Since 2010, Daghighi has performed regularly in Texas in numerous venues, concert series, and music festivals. Daghighi has also performed with international artists in cities throughout the US, in Mexico City, Toronto Ontario & Vancouver BC, Canada.