This is a ghaval solo by Peyman Nasehpour based on Yalli rhythm cycle in Azerbaijani music. This Azeri frame drum solo is also available here:
“Women of Music” with the URL address http://www.womenofmusic.ir/ is a news website for female musicians run by Nikoo Yousefi, Iranian female musician.
Women in Iran are struggling hard to be taken more seriously in Persian music.
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 / Trend /
Iran’s Persian Garden is one of six sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the organization’s official website reported.
The property includes nine gardens in as many provinces. Always divided into four sectors, with water playing an important role for both irrigation and ornamentation, the Persian garden was conceived to symbolize Eden and the four Zoroastrian elements of sky, earth, water and plants. These gardens, dating back to different periods since the 6th century BC, also feature buildings, pavilions and walls, as well as sophisticated irrigation systems. They have influenced the art of garden design as far as India and Spain.
UNESCO inscribed five Iranian elements on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2010.
The music of the Bakhshis of Khorasan region, the Pahlevani and Zurkhaneh sport, the Iranian passion play tazieh, the traditional skills of carpet weaving in the Fars region, and the traditional skills of carpet weaving in Kashan were all registered on the list during the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee in Nairobi from Nov.15 to 19.
In 2009, Novruz and the titles and items of the radifs in Iranian music were inscribed on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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Iranian santour maker, Ali Bahmani died in Tehran, Iran, some days ago. About the demise of the late Ali Bahmani, I was informed through one of the Iranian musicians living inside Iran. My santour player, Faraz Minooei, confirmed the news and I wrote a small note in Persian, this morning in my Persian blog.
My condolences to his family and Iranian music society.
The picture is the sanour maker Ali Bahmani, given to me by Iranian santour player Faraz Minooei currently living in the USA.
Iranian music Rastak ensemble is a new music ensemble for contemporary Persian folk music. The ensemble seeks to collect, record and interpret traditional Persian folk music for a global audience, incorporating language, culture and history also merging traditional instruments and forms with contemporary rhythms.
Azerbaijani song Gal Gal by Rastak Ensemble:
Official website of Rastak ensemble: http://www.rastak.ir/
Iranian Festival in Seatle:
The beat goes on for drummer
ZEKROLLAH Aflatuni loves tofu, kung pao chicken, gulaorou (sweet and sour pork with fat) and red braised eggplant. He plays the Iranian drum but sings traditional Suzhou pingtan (story-telling accompanied by Suzhou music). He wears an Iranian vest but feels comfortable in local Suzhou silk. He speaks English and broken Suzhou dialect.
The 66-year-old Iranian-Finn has lived in Suzhou for about 13 years. He calls himself a Suzhou native. “I fell in love with China and the city,” he says with a big smile.
In 1998, the electronics engineer came to China from Finland due to work. But when he reached the retirement age in 2003, Aflatuni decided to stay. “I’ve found my niche here. It’s my home now,” he says:
For today’s installment, Northbrook resident Jalal Rais Dana introduces the Global Notes crew to a Persian instrument called the santur:
Rhythmic structure in Iranian music is the title of a book written by Mohammad Reza Azadehfar.
Mohammad Reza Azadehfar earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield, England in Ethnomusicology (where he taught various courses such as Practice and Concepts of Improvisation and Music Culture in West and Central Asia) followed by a fellowship in SOAS, University of London. He began his music career in Isfahan conservatory (Honrestan-e musiqi) in his childhood and thereafter spent some twenty years working as an Iranian musician. Some of his honours are:
* Winner of prize for best short film music at Isfahan Youth Cinema Festival in 1987,
* Winner of prize for best music composition at Isfahan Music Conservatory in 1988,
* Winner of prize for best edit (montage) of fantasy musical film: “The Familiar Voice” at Iran Youth Cinema Nation-wide Festival in 1995,
* Committee member of British Forum for Ethnomusicology, UK in 2000-2003, * Designing and teaching two new course, “Practice and Concepts of Improvisation” and “Music Culture in West and Central Asia” at The University of Sheffield, UK in 2002 and 2003,
* Receiving a fellowship from AHRB Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance SOAS, University of London for research, “The Impact of Rhythmic Cycles in Improvisation: A Cross-cultural Study, Iran and India.”
Azadehfar is author of several books and articles in English and Persian languages. His recent book in English published by the University of Arts in Tehran is Rhythmic Structure in Iranian Music.
One of his research project which presented as a poster at the First International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music in University of Massachusetts Amherst, (February 19-21, 2010) entitled “Made in Iran: Theoretical Principles of Iranian Music Tested on West Music Performers Living in Iran” reached some amazing results. The abstract can be reached from the conference’s webpage.
He is currently senior lecturer in Faculty of Music, Tehran Art University and is working on a major research project on music marketing in Iran.
Resource of the biography: Amazon website.