As part of the Naked Soul Series, Iranian singer Mamak Khadem will perform Mystic Song of Persia on Saturday, October 4th at 8:00 PM. The ensemble includes Mamak Khadem on vocals, daf, and setar; Hamid Saeidi on santur and vocals; and Jamshied Sharifi on piano, accordion.
Trained in the classical Persian style, Khadem adapts verses by young, contemporary Iranian poets and revered masters like Rumi and Shamloo to melodies from Iran’s classical and folk repertoires. She has honed this combination during regular and lengthy visits to study with some of Iran’s greatest teachers of the tradition. Khadem has earned invitations to perform everywhere from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., to the House of Culture in Berlin, and the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles.
While recording and performing with some of the greats of Persian music, she has also put her imprint on Hollywood with her work on film and TV soundtracks, including the films Peace Maker, The Cross, and Dracula 2000, and the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Angels, and Battlestar Galactica.
Jostojoo (Forever Seeking), Khadem’s most recent CD, was inspired by travels to Turkey, Armenia, Greece, and remote parts of Iran. With all vocals gorgeously sung in Khadem’s native Persian, it reflects the music and culture she considers her "home" to this day.
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street * New York, NY 10011
212.620.5000 * www.rmanyc.org
Limited seating; advance ticket purchase is strongly advised. (Ticket includes admission to the Museum’s galleries before the show.)
Buy her CD:
- In North America: Jostojoo
- Sparking Vocal Inspiration, an Interview with Mamak Khadem
Author: World Music Central News Department
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