The World Music Institute’s Global Salon will present the New York debut of an important new voice in the Persian and Kurdish music of Iran. Her concert will take place
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space.
Bahar Movahed is an impressive vocalist with an extensive repertoire of Persian classical music and Kurdish music. Now living in the United States, she will perform songs from the Persian classical repertoire, as well as selections from her new CD Goblet of Eternal Light (Traditional Crossroads) – a recording she made with tanbur master Ali Akbar Moradi that draws on centuries of Kurdish musical and poetic traditions. Bahar Movahed will be joined by Ali Samadpour on tar (lute) and Navid Kandelousi on tombak (drum).
Bahar Movahed received her vocal training under the supervision of the renowned traditional Iranian singers Parissa, Noorbaqsh, Shahram Nazeri, and M.R. Shajarian. She is a singing prodigy whose roots go back to the Kurdish city of Kermanshah. Along with a successful career as a dentist, she has pursued her passion for vocals with utmost enthusiasm, dedication and creativity.
Movahed moved to the United States to pursue an artistic career there, given the unfavorable situation of her homeland, Iran, where female singers have long faced restrictions in their artistic career to present their work independently.
Ali Samadpour is a multi-instrumentalist known for his mastery of the tar, setar, rabab and udo. He studied with Houshang Zarif, Darioush Talai and Hossein Alizadeh, and has performed with numerous ensembles and musicians including the Hamavayan Ensemble, the Showqname Project, and Djivan Gasparyan (Armenia), with whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated Endless Vision. He has collaborated on numerous CDs, and recorded dozens of soundtracks, including BBC documentaries and major motion pictures. His collection of Persian classical music arranged for tar and setar was published by the Mahour Culture Institute.
Navid Kandelousi began his musical study with the violin at the age of six. He studied Western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Italy and later in Moscow. Since 1999, he has performed as a soloist with the Iranian National Orchestra and with symphony orchestras in France, Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, and the UK. He won several violin competitions and music awards in Iran, performing the works of Paganini, Beethoven, Sibelius, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. Currently, he is collaborating with Daniel Philips at Queens College and performing solo recitals. A master of the Persian kamancheh, he adapted works for virtuoso violin for the kamancheh.
This program is made possible in part with public support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space
Broadway at 95th Street, NYC
$30 in advance, $33 at door Box office (212) 864-5400
Info/tickets (212) 545-7536 www.worldmusicinstitute.org