Kahan has a wide repertoire of compositions including choral, chamber, electronic, and classical-jazz music, for a range of musical instrumentations.

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Choral Music


Duration: 6 minutes
Year: 2023
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB Acapella Choir
UNT University Singers
Kristina MacMullen
Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a body of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.
When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.
- Samuel Ullman

Aṣ̌əm Vohū

Aṣ̌əm Vohū - for SAATTB Choir
Duration: 6 minutes
Year: 2021
Instrumentation: SAATTB Acapella Choir
Wynton Gage, Marcus Peterson, Sergey Tkachenko, Nolan Synder, Madeline McCarthy, Miggi Angangco, Ashlyn Brown, Catarine Hancock, Anthony Josep, Jason Edelstein, Charlie Banta, Elijah Bowen, Jake Cozza, Sophia Romaine, Lara Van Vuuren, Sami Copeland, Perri Smith, Zac Leung, Howell Petty, Carmela D’Agostino.
Aṣ̌əm vohū vahištəm astī uštā astī uštā ahmāi hyat̰ aṣ̌āi vahištāi aṣ̌əm Truth is best (of all that is) good. True, as desired, as desired, truth is for her who (represents) best truth. - Zoroastrian Prayer
The Ashem is one of three ancient prayers in our religion. Its theme is that Virtue or Righteousness is the basis of a good life of purity of thoughts, purity of speech and purity of actions. This text is from the religion I grew up in, Zoroastrianism. Large numbers of our people migrated to India from Ancient Persia. The central pillarstone to this religion is a path of good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Writing this piece has been a great joy as it has been a very personal piece for me. This piece was written without an audience in mind - solely for the performers in the ensemble. It is an attempt at a reflection on our own sense of self.

Ensemble Works

Poirot in the Sky

Duration: 21 minutes
Year: 2023
Instrumentation: SAATTB Acapella Choir
Flute - Natalie Suv
Clarinet - Bennett Morgan
Baritone Saxophone - Beige Cowell
Trumpet - Joshua Jennings
Conductor: Garrison Gerard
Ben Damonn
Colin Stokes
Jake Chaffee
Mixing and mastering:
Reagan Maginn
Video edited by:
Ryan Gregg 
Filmed by:
Sven Keino
Cedric Steed 

Chamber Music

Stained Glass

Stained Glass - For Euphonium and Piano
Duration: 10 minutes
Year: 2021
Instrumentation: Euphonium and Piano
Euphonium - Troy Moeller
Piano - Kahan Taraporevala
Inspired by La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. Written for Troy Moeller.

The Silhouette of the Wind

The Silhouette of The Wind - Trio for Organ, Trumpet and Trombone
Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds
Year: 2021
Instrumentation: Organ, Trumpet, Trombone
Trumpet: Joe Boksa
Trombone: Natalie Shields
Organ: Nolan Synder
This piece was written in mind to be the opener to my senior recital. The piece opens with a flowing section that sets the mood of the piece. This then jumps into a more frantic and fragmented fugue, which in turn breaks into a more melancholy floating section where the trombone takes the lead. The piece then closes in a grand fashion with a large and expansive section that aims to engulf the listener in a powerful and intense wall of sound.

Visions of the Mind

String Quartet No. 1
Duration: 16 minutes
Year: 2021
Instrumentation: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello
Violin I - Xinyuan Wang
Violin II - Yoav Hayut
Viola - Keigan Iwanicki
Cello - Christopher Santos
I - The Foothills
II - Hinderance
III - Visions of the Mind
IV - Above the Clouds
This piece is a sonic representation of any task we undertake in life, from writing a book, painting, running a marathon to learning a new skill. This piece aims to portray that journey. Movement I, The Foothills, represents a task's inception: a vision, the early stages of planning, brief glimmers of hope and an effort to move forward. Hinderance, the second movement, depicts the obstacles in our path as we aim to complete our task. The first half represents the outward and physical challenges, while the second half represents the more introspective and personal challenges we face along the way. The third movement, Visions of the Mind, shows the challenging reality of our work. The task is tedious, difficult, back-breaking and sweaty. In brief flashes we see the end in sight, but suddenly are once again consumed by the flames of our craft. Above the Clouds, the fourth and final movement, provides us with the fruits of our efforts. It shines and soars above. The music swells with pride, flurries of happiness and an overall calming sensation. We can now lay back and rest, at last... for now.


Fuir - for Alto Saxophone and Piano
Duration: 7 minutes 30 seconds
Year: 2020
Instrumentation: Alto Saxophone and Piano
Alto Saxophone - Brandon Trent
Piano - Kahan Taraporevala
I - Nexus
II - Aftermath 
I wrote this piece back in August 2020, right in the peak of the pandemic. The first movement, Nexus, represents the spreading of the virus. It contains erratic movement and a wild energy. Aftermath, the second movement, is the depiction of the chaos and difficulties we all felt during these times - when we felt so far and disconnected from one another. So isolated at times, it was difficult to remember the love and closeness we felt to one another - yet we must strive to remember what it meant to us and attempt to bring it to life once again.


Singularity - for Woodwind Quintet
Duration: 6 minutes
Year: 2019
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Horn, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon
Flute - Jamey Guzman
Oboe - Keslie Pharis
Horn - Tyler Taylor
Bass Clarinet - Thorne Banks
Bassoon - John Kaiser
The name of this piece is inspired by the concept of the word 'Singularity' in two regards. The first is a concept that stuck with me from a class I took last semester on stars and galaxies. This is the hypothesis that at the center of a black hole infinite matter and time are compressed as one. The idea of matter and time colliding together comes forth in moving lines in the opening of the piece. This then grows into larger material and eventually breaks into the middle homophonic based center of the piece. 
The second regard of the word 'Singularity' is through its latin root 'singularis,' which means 'alone (of its kind).' This feeling of loneliness is something that many go through at some point in their lives. My exploration of lines with crossing paths coming together and breaking aim to represent the relationships we build, and sometimes even lose, with people around us. This also reminds us to cherish the people around us and let their warm glow surround us as we feel how much we are loved and cared for.

Voice and Piano

Where The Mind Is Without Fear

Where The Mind Is Without Fear - for Tenor and Piano
Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds
Year: 2021
Instrumentation: Tenor and Piano
Tenor - Elijah Bowen
Piano - Kahan Taraporevala
Written for my dear friend, Elijah Bowen.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth. Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. 
- Rabindranath Tagore



Duration: 4 minutes
Year: 2022
Choreographer: Emily Moorer
Instrumentation: Fixed audio
Thomas Dohner
Blake Been, McKenna Brigance, Cristina Dueñez, Alyssa Labrum, Emily Moorer, Milele Omgba, Trinity Williamson, Destanie White
This collaboration explores the dynamic quality of relationships and honors the playfulness of our inner child that seeks to be loved. The choreography draws from contemporary dance, street dance, and theater. The music and dance were created in a collaborative process, and each is a reflection of each other. The music flows from a place of calm and tranquility into a space of movement and intensity, and back again. This is a sonic representation of the experiences we each go through in life.

Silver Stream

Silver Stream - Ballet Collaboration Project
Duration: 5 minutes
Year: 2021
Choreographer: Keith Newman
Flute - Leah Wolfe
Viola - Lauren Salmon
Piano - Ben Elliott
Murray McCormack
Written for the Ballet & Composition Collaboration Project at Indiana University Bloomington.


The Four Elements

Duration: 5 minutes
Year: 2019
Filmmaker: Joyce Wauty
Instrumentation: Flute, Bb Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Harp, Percussion
Blake Been, McKenna Brigance, Cristina Dueñez, Alyssa Labrum, Emily Moorer, Milele Omgba, Trinity Williamson, Destanie White
Flute - Ashley Chen
Bb Clarinet - Sarah Devries
Violin - Sydney Hartwick
Cello - Gabriel Jimbo Viteri
Harp - Margaret Foster
Percussion - Carl Tafoya
Geoffrey Larson & Alvin Ho
Sound Design:
Evan Berg
Created for the Double Exposure Project at Indiana University, 2019.
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