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Artist Profiles: Hossein Alizadeh

Hossein Alizadeh

Hossein Alizadeh, born in Tehran (Iran) in 1951, studied with various masters of traditional Persian music including Ali Akbar Khan Shahnazi, Nur Ali Borumand, Abdollah Davami, Mahmood Karimi, and Houshang Zarif.

He further expanded his formal education by studying composition and musicology at the University of Berlin. Alizadeh was awarded a position with the National Orchestra of Iran and later became the conductor and soloist of the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra.

He founded the Aref Ensemble and performed with the Shayda Ensemble, both dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Iranian classical music, and participated in the orchestra of the Bejart Ballet Company in a performance of Gulistan by Maurice Bejart.

In 2000, the Ministry of Culture in Iran declared him to be the best contemporary artist. He has composed many works of contemporary and neo-classical Iranian music and published a number of etudes for tar and setar.

Notable works include Hessar, Ney Nava and Song of Compassion, as well as film scores for Gabbeh, A Time for Drunken Horses and Turtles Can Fly. In addition, he recorded the entire body of the radif based on the interpretation of Mirza Abdollah.

He has performed extensively throughout the United States of America, Europe and Asia and taught at the University of Tehran, Tehran Music Conservatory and the California Institute of the Arts.

His album Endless Vision received a Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album of 2006.

in 2016 he toured with percussionist Pejman Hadadi.

Discography

* Homayun

* Nava (Mahoor Institute, 1976)

* Paykubi (Mahoor Institute, )

* Chahargah & Bayat-e Tork (Mahoor Institute, )

* Savaran-e Dasht-e Omid (Riders of the Plain of Hope)(1977)

* Hamnavayi (Mahoor Institute, )

* Hesar (1977)

* Osyan (Revolt) (1983)

* Dream (1986)

* Torkaman (Mahoor Institute, 1986)

* Raz-o-Niaz (Mahoor Institute, 1986)

* Alizadeh Live at the Los Angeles Festival (Kereshmeh Records, 1995)

* NeyNava / Song of Compassion (Kereshmeh Records, 1995)

* Raz-O-Niaz (Kereshmeh Records, 1995)

* Shourangiz (Song of Campassion) (Mahoor Institute, 1988)

* Iranian Music: Saz-Eno (Buda Musique, 1998)

* Raz-e No (New Secret) (Mahoor Institute, 1999)

* Zemestan ast (It’s Winter) (Soroush Co., 2000)

* Masters of Improvisation (2002)

* Without You (World Village, 2002)

* Sallaneh (Mahoor Institute, 2003)

* Faryad (World Village, 2005)

* Endless Vision (World Village, 2006)

* Ode To Flowers, with Hamavayan Ensemble (Ba Music Records, 2007)

* Half Moon (Ba Music Records, 2009)

* Echoes of Light with Madjid Khaladj (Ba Music Records, 2009)

* Birthplace of Earth, with Hamavayan Ensemble (Ba Music Records, 2010)

* Eşqim Gəl, with Hamavayan Ensemble (2014)

web site: www.hosseinalizadeh.net

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Artist Profiles: Fariborz Azizi

Fariborz Azizi

Fariborz Azizi was born in Tehran (Iran) in 1961. He has performed on tar and setar for more than 30 years. Before devoting himself to classical Persian music, he obtained a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tehran University.

He first became attracted to music during his teenage years listening to the radio show Golchin Hafteh. He was heavily influenced by Chavosh musical masters including Hossein Alizadeh, who has been his master for more than 10 years.

Since 2006, he lives in Los Angeles where he teaches tar and setar classes, holds lectures, performs concerts and composes traditional and contemporary Persian music.

website: fariborzazizi.com

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Artist Profiles: Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh

Vocalist Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh was born in 1964, studied under the supervision of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a living legend in Iranian classical music. He has performed with various renowned artists and groups, including the Shams Ensemble, the Aref Ensemble, the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, and the great santur maestro Faramarz Payvar.

He performed with Kayhan Kalhor at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and is currently the director of Iran’s House of Music. He made his New York debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie in the fall of 2008.

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Artist Profiles: Hamid Reza Taqavi

Hamid Reza Taqavi, born in 1976 in Iranian Azerbaijan, began playing santur at the age of 11 under the direction of Ibrahim Safari and continued his studies with Master Parviz Meshkatian and renowned santur player Ardavan Kamkar. In addition to Persian traditional music, he is also versed in modern music techniques. He joined the Shams Ensemble in 2001.

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Artist Profiles: Alireza Ghorbani

Alireza Ghorban

Vocalist Alireza Ghorbani, born in 1972, began studying the Persian classical repertoire (radif) at the age of 12 with such masters as Mehdi Fallah, Hossein Omoumi and Ahmad Ebrahimi. His later work with Ali Tajvidi and Farhad Fakhre’ddini opened new horizons as he experimented with art songs (tasnif) from radio broadcasts of the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1999, he joined Farhad Fakhre’ddini’s National Iranian Orchestra as lead vocalist, performing in Iran and abroad. His warm, resonant voice and songs that speak to the spirit of the times in Iran have made him particularly popular. He has made many recordings and collaborated with Majid Derakhshani, Sadeq Cheraghi, Pezhman Taheri, Houshang Kamkar, the National Iranian Orchestra, and the Shams Ensemble.

On Rapture, Alireza Ghorbani collaborates with Tunisian singer Dorsaf Hamdani for the first time. It presents a dialog between the Arabic and Persian cultures.

Discography:

Ivresses / Rapture (Accords Croisés, 2011)

Eperdument (Accords Croises, 2015)

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Artist Profiles: Sahba Motallebi

Sahba Motallebi
Sahba Motallebi

Sahba Motallebi is recognized internationally as a modern expert of the Iranian tar and setar, lute-type stringed instruments that are essential to one of the world’s great musical traditions. Sahba started studying music as a young girl in Sari, a small coastal city in the north of Iran.

In 1993, at the age of 14, she initiated her studies at the Tehran Conservatory of Music, where she was recognized as Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival for four consecutive years.

After graduating in 1997, Sahba Motallebi helped found the pioneering women’s music ensemble Chakaveh. In 1999, Motallebi was invited to join the Iranian National Orchestra.

In 2003, Motallebi left Iran to pursue graduate studies in music in Russia, Turkey, and the United States and has lived near Los Angeles for the past years. She continues to perform worldwide, and has released several CDs and published two books on Iranian classical music.

Sahba Motallebi is also much-admired as an innovator in music education, with her online instructional materials and courses reaching students throughout the world.

Discography:

Presentation of Young Artists (2003)
Dashti-Nava (2005)
Solace of the eyes (2006),
Ever lasting songs of Iran Vol. I & II (2001)
Ancient Heritage anew (2011)
Dream and Illusion (2012)
A Tear at the Crossroad of Time (2014)

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Maestro Hossein Alizadeh with Pejman Hadadi to Perform Mystical Persian Music in New York

Hossein Alizadeh
Hossein Alizadeh

Hossein Alizadeh, a master of the tar and setar lutes, and Pejman Hadadi one of the most innovative Iranian percussionists are set to perform on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at Roulette in New York.

Alizadeh, deemed one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, has had a successful solo career, performing both in Iran and throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He was the conductor and soloist in the Iranian National Orchestra of Radio and Television, established the acclaimed Aref Ensemble, and worked with the Shayda Ensemble.

Alizadeh’s discography includes Echoes of Light, Birds, If Like Birds and Angels, I Could fly…, Ney Nava Plus Avay-E Mehr Nowruz & Savaran-E Dasht, Torkaman, Monad, Endless Vision, Half Moon, and Art of Improvisation.

Pejman Hadadi has been a member of the admired Dastan Ensemble for 20 years, and collaborated with numerous master musicians of Persian and world music traditions.

Time: 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue
Downtown Brooklyn
917-267-0363

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