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



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

Ava Ensemble\'s New Formation

• 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

Shajarian to give concerts in U.S.

Maestro Shajarian on StageMohammadreza Shajarian accompanied by the Ava music band will be performing concerts in the U.S. in April/May 2008.

He gave a series of concerts together with his new band Ava, in Tehran in the summer and in Isfahan in October.

“The concerts will be held in many U.S. cities, but the exact time and locations of the performances have so far not been specified,” Ava’s tar virtuoso Majid Derakhshani told CHN.

Some pieces which were performed in previous concerts will be restaged in the U.S performances, he added.

Derakhshani went on to say that the band had not entered the 23rd International Fajr Music Festival since Shajarian had been scheduled to give concerts in Dubai which were later cancelled.