Shajarian planning European concert tour

Mohammad Reza Shajarian & Shahnaz Ensemble Concert PosterAcclaimed Iranian vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian is planning to go on a European tour, performing in traditional Persian music concerts.  Accompanied by Shahnaz ensemble, the veteran singer will perform songs composed by professional tar player Majid Derakhshani.

Other members of Shahnaz ensemble include Ramin Safaei (Santour), Mohammad Reza Ebrahimi (Lute), Sina Jahan Abadi and Kaveh Motamedian (Kamancheh), Shahou Andalibi (Ney), Hossein Rezai Nia (Daf), Mehrdad Nasehi (Gheychak), Hamed Afshari (Gheychak Bass), Radman Tavvakoli (Tar), Hamid Qanbari (Tonbak) and Mozhgan Shajarian (Setar).

The group will begin its tour in Frankfurt (Sep. 4, 2009) and continue in Koln (Sep. 5), Hanover (Sep. 7), Gothenburg (Sep. 12), Stockholm (Sep. 13), Berlin (Sep. 15), Zurich (Sep. 18), Stuttgart (Sep 20), Paris (Sep. 21), Rennes (Sep. 22) and Amsterdam (Sep. 26).

The performances will include a number of old pieces along with some new ones, which will soon be also released in Shajarian’s new album. The new pieces have also been composed by Majid Derakhshani with poems by renowned Persian poets Sa’di, Hafez, Mowlavi and Malek-al-Shoara Bahar.

Mohammad Reza Shajarian received UNESCO’s Mozart Medal in 2006 and the 1999 prestigious Golden Picasso Medal among other awards.

He has invented new string instruments Sorahi, Bam Sorahi, Saghar and Kereshmeh, which have been designed for traditional Persian music.

Concert Tour Schedule:

4 September 2009
HR Großer Saal
+49 (0) 69/2424 8001
+49 (0) 69/24249539
+49 (0) 6131/6291982
5 September 2009
Kölner Philharmonie
+49 (0) 221/204080
7 September 2009
Freizeitheim Ricklingen
+49 (0) 511/629812
+49 (0) 511/15585

12 September 2009
Göteborgs Konserthus
Biljettkontor & skivbutik: +46 (0) 31/726 53 10
Reception/växel: +46 (0) 31/726 53 00
13 September 2009
+46 (0) 8 784 51 56
+46 (0) 70 584 51 56
+46 (0) 70 496 89 62
15 September 2009
Großer Saal des rbb Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
+49 (0) 30/32303028
+49 (0) 30/32705522
+49 (0) 30/97993 84999
Info: +49 (0) 163/61 546 55
           +49 (0) 163/257 19 20

18 September 2009
Volkshaus Zürich
+41 (0) 76 376 4002
+41 (0) 79 448 7876
19 September 2009
Neues Schloss
+49 (0) 711/2361191

21 September 2009
Casino de Paris
22 September 2009
Opera de Rennes
+33 (0) 616 23 14 45
26 September 2009
RAI Theater, Amsterdam



Homayoun Shajarian and Dastan Concert – Chicago

Homayoun Shajarian and Dastan Ensemble concert on Saturday, May 16th, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.

Homayoun Shajarian and Dastan Ensemble concert on Saturday, May 16th, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Traditional Persian music, otherwise known as Sonnati music, has officially entered a new era; an era where creativity and unconventional thought have intertwined together to surpass the limitations of tradition. As his father steps down from the throne, the prince and soon to be the Master of Sonnati avaz (singing), Homayoun Shajarian, has prepared himself for this moment: to inherit the style of music that has been dubbed by most first generation Iranian-Americans as dull and dreary. He provides a new vision; a hope that Sonnati music, through his youthful heart and voice, will gain its inspiration through imaginative innovation, while maintaining true to its traditional roots, in an effort to win the hearts of the young and still maintain the support of the older in age. This hope, this vision has now become a reality.

As I looked up from my second row seat, I noticed that nearly a fourth of the audience was of youth. This, alone, stunned me since only ten young individuals had attended the Shajarian concert last year in Chicago. I have to admit, though, that Homayoun Shajarian cannot take all the credit for winning back the youth; his success simply could not have been accomplished without the masterful unity of the Dastan Ensemble. With all honesty, words cannot suffice when describing the cohesive nature of Dastan. Pejman Hadadi, arguably the best Tombak player of our era, would enter his own world of blissful ecstasy by closing his eyes and hitting not just the surface of the Tombak, but the sides, the top and the bottom! His creativity genuinely captured the essence of music by playing the Tombak through unorthodox methods, simultaneously breaking the barriers of conventional Tombak rules. Behnam Samani, the Daf player and founder of the Zarbang percussion ensemble, also brought in an element of his own creativity through the use of the Kuzeh, or what one of my friends jokingly referred to as the “Tonge aab” (ceramic water pitcher). The audience was so delighted by the fast-paced and harmonized performance of Hadadi and Samani during the instrumental song, Mastaneh that not only did we clap for them, but so did Shajarian.

The most peaceful, slow-paced and relaxing song of the performance, Delshodeh by Araghi, encompassed Shajarian’s delicate singing, accompanied by Hamid Motebassem playing the Tar, Hossein Behrouzinia’s Barbat, and Saeed Farajpouri’s Kamanche performance that practically stole our hearts in a graceful fashion. I have to say, however, that the most emotionally captivating song of the performance was the final one: Vatan by Siavash Kasraei. The lyrics expressed the sharp pain of separation within the depths of our hearts for not just our homeland, but for what our homeland used to represent; a land of prosperous growth that promoted equality, creativity and ultimately, love. The events following the Iranian revolution may have distanced us from our native soil, but our love for the Iranian culture will never diminish. It is this expression that ties us all together to hope for a better day; a day where the true teachings behind not just Islamic values, but all religious and secular morals: equality, respect, peace and love for all human beings, will be reflected not just in Iran, but throughout the world.

We left the concert with this sense of hope in mind; a hope that Shajarian and Dastan had rejuvenated within our souls. This is the beauty behind Sonnati music; it describes the indescribable, it expresses the inexpressible. It makes you stare in awe out of sheer enjoyment in one moment, and then it causes you to cry out of pure sorrowful emptiness the next. Sonnati music is an expression of life in its entirety; of the constant pursuit of happiness and the search for love in our lives. It gives us hope, it gives us purpose. It is the key to the secrets of the universe and yet, it is not. What is Sonnati music? It simply, yet complexly is what it is. The more I describe it, the more confused you will be. Go find out for yourself what it means for you. Attend the Shajarian and Dastan concert and discover the truth behind Persian poetry united in harmony with the highest quality of singing and instrumentals that the world has to offer.

Click here to view photos from the event.

This review of the Homayoun Shajarian and Dastan Ensemble
May 16th Chicago concert was written by Ali Rouzati.

Shajarian asks IRIB to stop airing his works

Photo: Maryam Ghasemi

Photo: Maryam Ghasemi

Once again, living legend of Iranian traditional music, Mohammmad Reza Shajarian objected on Tuesday to the airing of his works on Iranian state TV and radio. His objection was made by means of a letter sent to Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Managing Director Ezzatollah Zarghami.

A number of Shajarian’s epic songs were frequently being aired on TV and radio during the programs promoting the presidential election before voting on Friday. Since then, IRIB has made extensive use of his songs in the programs celebrating Mahmoud Ahamadinejand’s win in the presidential election.



As you know, IRIB repeatedly airs my epic songs particularly ‘O Iran, O House of Hope.’ Your Excellency knows that this song and my other works you use have been performed for the ambience of Iran in 1979 and 1980, and there is no connection between the songs and the present situation.

In 1995, I expressed my dissatisfaction with the airing of my works on IRIB. Once again, I repeat my appeal and stress that IRIB had no role in producing these works, thus, according to Sharia and law, it is obligatory that IRIB stop broadcasting my songs and other works immediately.

From TehranTimes +

When the lights went out!

At much-publicised recitals of Persian music in Tehran, the lights went out just as renowned world music star, Homayoun Shajarian, got on stage. After thousands of people clapped in the darkness, singing the “old” pre-revolution national anthem (even women’s voices could be heard and women are not allowed to sing in public), the star’s more famous father, Mohammad Reza Shajarian got on stage and denounced the government. He said the interior ministry was deliberately trying to stop Iranians from listening to the music of their country. Visibly angry, the audience’s mood was less anticipation of complex, jazz-like permutations of Dastgahs on Dafs, Tars, Tombaks, Setars, Kamanchehs, Neys, Tanburs, Santurs, and Uds and more on political change.

Mohammad Reza Shajarian got on stage and denounced the government. He said the interior ministry was deliberately trying to stop Iranians from listening to the music of their country.

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Shajarian & Shahnaz Ensemble Concert in Tehran

Shajarian and his band, Shahnaz, are scheduled to give a benefit concert in Tehran to raise funds for the renovation of the tomb of Shams-e Tabrizi in Khoy, West Azarbaijan Province.

The performances will take place at Tehran’s National Grand Hall on June 18, 19, 21, and 22.

Great Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian - Tehran Concert 2005

Born in the city of Tabriz, Shams lived together with Rumi in Konya for several years and distilled in him the mystical passion which Rumi into a great Sufi poet. Shams was immortalized in Rumi’s collection of poetry entitled the Divan of Shams-e Tabrizi.

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Shajarian to give concerts in Tehran

Mohammad Reza Shajarian - Majid Derakhshani

Master Mohammad Reza Shajarian and the “Shahnaz” band are scheduled to give concerts at Tehran’s National Grand Hall this summer.

The Shahnaz band (formerly known as the “Rudaki” band) is led by Majid Derakhshani.

Shajarian will sing poems by Hafez, Rumi and Sa’di during his summer concerts.


Great Maestro ‘Shajarian’ & Ava Ensemble Concert Schedule

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• Vancouver Orpheum Theater
Sunday, May 4th, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 778 ) 886 8908

• Bay Area Flint Center Cupertino
Saturday, May 10th, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 510 ) 885 8200

• Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheater
Sunday, May 11th, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 510 ) 885 8200  or  ( 818 ) 50 50 100

• Sacramento University Theater, SHASTA HALL 113
Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 916 ) 705 8798

• Seattle University of Washington, Kane Hall
Saturday, May 17th, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 425 ) 361 2929

• Orlando Olympia high school Auditorium
Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 407 ) 468 9555

• Chicago North Eastern University Auditorium
Satuday, May 24th, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: 1 800 550 4562

• Washington DC Center for the Arts / George Mason University
Friday, May 30th, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 703 ) 517 4343

• Atlanta The Post Theater
Saturday, May 31st, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 678 ) 357 3572

• New York Town Hall
Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 212 ) 545 7536

• Toronto Roy Thomson Hall
Friday, June 06, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Telephone: ( 416 ) 536 4769