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.


Top Iranian vocalist Shajarian’s health improves

Mohammad Reza ShajarianProminent Iranian vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian who was admitted to Kasra Hospital due to pulmonary complaint will be discharged within the next few days, IRNA reported.

According to hospital officials, the vocalist underwent surgery and his condition is satisfactory. Shajarian expressed his gratitude to those who prayed for his health.

Born in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province in 1940, Shajarian is an internationally acclaimed traditional singer, composer and master of Persian music. He is the embodiment of the perfect singer and a source of inspiration for the younger generation, Iran Daily reported. In 1999, he received UNESCO’s prestigious Picasso Award which is one of the highest honors in Europe.

Homayoun Shajarian well received in London

Homayoun Shajarian and Dastan Ensemble

Iranian singer, Homayoun Shajarian, in his first solo performance abroad was well received according to Iranian music critics in London. Shajarian and his accompanying team of musicians known as the Dastan Musical Group are currently in London.

The audience at Cadogan Hall in London welcomed the performance of Iranian tradition singing and the accompanying instrumental backing that went on for two hours.

Homayoun had performed with his father, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, in London last year. The senior Shajarian is considered Iran’s outstanding traditional vocalist.

The majority of the audience consisted of young people.

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Iranian Dastan Band on European tour

Announcing this, Saeed Farajpouri, a composer who will take part in the presentation, told MNA that the group’s first concert was in Italy and the performance was followed by programs in Frankfurt and Stockholm. It also has several concerts on its agenda in Holland and Belgium.

Describing the concert as Homayoun Shajarian’s first independent cooperation with Dastan Group, he said that the presentations of the band were warmly welcomed.

Farajpouri further said that one of the positive aspects of the music band is the workshops it conducts on Iranian music for students of respective country after any program, Iran Daily said.

Dastan will perform in two sections, the first of which will feature pieces by noted Iranian classical and contemporary poets including Hafez, Sa’di and Shafiei-Kadkani to music composed by Hamid Motabassem.

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Iran’s Dastan to go on global tour

Dastan EnsembleThe prominent Iranian music ensemble, ‘Dastan‘ plans to perform concerts with a number of famous symphony orchestras around the world.

In its first performance with Belgium’s Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, the group will present pieces by Saeed Farajpouri, Hamid Motabassem and Hossein Behrouzi-Nia.

Iran’s legendary vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian will perform with the ensemble in some of its concerts.

Founded in 1991 by Hamid Motabassem, the world-famous Dastan ensemble has performed numerous international concerts.

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Morning Bird (Morgh-e Sahar)

Morning Bird [Bird of Dawn, in Persian: مُرغ سحر

> Main Composer: Mortezaa Neydaavood
> Poems: Malakosho’araa-ye Bahaar
> Dastgaah: Maahur
> Vocal: Homayoun Shajarian
> Music: Dastan Ensemble

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24th January 2008, Venice, Italy

> Notes: The musical composition (in Persian: Tasneef or Taraaneh) of the Morning Bird, aka the Dawn Bird, was written during Qajar era and it is one of the most notable Poetical Touchstones of MTB since it also portrays the present-day Iran from socio-political standpoints. The Persian version of the song can be viewed in the Poetry House of Bahar.  It should be noted that the Morgh-e Sahar was firstly sung by Iranian singers late Ghamarolmoluk-e-Vaziri, and then by late Moluk-e-Zarrabi. It was also sung by contemporary Iranian singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian in recent years.

> Lyrics:

O Morning bird, sadly sing and remind me
Of my pain afresh with a burning sigh
Break this cage and turn it upside down
Wing tied nightingale, leave the corner of this cage
Compose the song of freedom for the mankind
And with a breath, set fire to the battlefield
Of the mass of this earth
The cruelty of tyrants and the injustice of huntsmen
Have broken my nest to the winds
O God, O turning globe, O nature
Turn our dark night into dawn…