San Francisco (California), USA – On February 18th at Herbst Theater, Door Dog Music
Productions, producers of the San Francisco World Music Festival,
present world renowned Persian Kurdish vocalist
Shahram Nazeri. He will be accompanied by his son
Nazeri who has created new compositions entitled,
“In the Path of Rumi,” an attempt to bridge the ancient, traditional
music of Iran and western classical music, while preserving the essence and
fundamental structures of Persian music. The other guests will be
Siavash Nazeri (daf) and
Liuh-Wen Ting (viola).
“In the Path of Rumi” will incorporate new orchestrations, harmonies, rhythmic
patterns, and melodic forms to match the particular mood of Rumi’s poetry, while
preserving the essence and fundamental structures of Persian music. This concert
will recreate the atmosphere of Nava, a traditional Persian scale, not by
resorting to familiar note sequences but by the use of new sonority, texture,
phrase and rhythmic combinations.The musicians will combine both Eastern and Western musical sensibilities, by
combining the quarter-tones found in Near Eastern scales with Western harmonic
structures. Unlike classical Persian music, individual pieces will traverse
multiple keys, and as a result, resulting in an intermingling of ancient Persian
music with new influences.
For this evening, the orchestration will feature traditional Iranian folk
instruments, played with new techniques (including the setar, daf and dammam)
and unlikely pairings (including viola, cello and tabla). Unlike most previous
projects in fusion music; however, the Western and Indian instruments will not
be utilized here as mere accompaniment or special effect, but fully incorporated
into the compositions.
“In the Path of Rumi” is an attempt to demonstrate to the world that
classical Persian and Sufi music is constantly evolving, not just repeating old
styles and patterns. This style of music has been coined “Modern Persian
Classical Music” by
Nazeri, and embraces change and rejuvenation while maintaining
understanding and cultural roots in the legacy of the past. This is vital for
both the health of Persian culture as a whole and Persian music in particular.
[Photo: Shahram Nazeri].
Herbst Theater is located at
401 Van Ness Avenue,
$35, $60, $80, $100,City Box Office: 415 392-4400
Author: World Music Central News Department
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