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.

Source: Guardian.co.uk +

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
Website: www.caravanbc.com

• 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
Website: www.worldmusicinstitute.org

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

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.

Venice Concert Pics

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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…

Italy to host Persian music concert

Homayoun Shajarian & Dastan EnsembleItaly is to host a concert by Iran’s Dastan Ensemble featuring Homayoun Shajarian, acclaimed vocalist of classical Persian music.

Venice will be treated to a compilation of works by mystic poets Mowlavi and Hafez sung by Iranian classical singer, Homayoun Shajarian.

The performance features traditional Iranian music played in various melodic styles or Dastgahs.

Dastgahs make use of traditional Persian instruments such as the Tar (string instrument), the Daf (frame drum), the Tombak (goblet drum) as well as the Kamancheh (a violin-type instrument).

Homayoun Shajarian, son of Iran’s master vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian, is scheduled to perform on January 24, 2008 at the Teatro Toniolo Mestre.

About Homayoun Shajarian


Homayoun Shajarian, Famous Persian Classical Music VocalistHomayoun Shajarian is a renowned Persian classical music vocalist, as well as a Tombak and Kamancheh player. He was born (21 May 1975) in Tehran in a music-dedicated family. He is the son of Mohammad Reza Shajarian, who is in turn the grand master vocalist of traditional Persian music. He began studying knowledge of technique and rhythm under supervision of Nasser Farhangfar, master of Tombak, a Persian hand drum, at the age of five. Afterwards, he also continued learning Tombak under Jamshid Mohebbi‘s supervision. He commenced learning Persian traditional vocal Avaz at the age of ten, alongside his older sisters under father’s supervision and gained knowledge of Avaz techniques and voice-producing. Simultaneously, he attended Tehran Conservatory of Music and chose Kamancheh as his professional instrument as well as being tutored by Kamran Darogheh and Ardeshir Kamkar. He joined Ava Music Ensemble in 1991. He accompanied father in concerts of Ava Music Ensemble in US, Europe and Iran, playing Tombak. From 1999 on, he started accompanying father also on vocals. He has performed in several famous festivals including: Fez Festival (Morocco), Kölner Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall London, New York World Music Institute and Paris Theatre. His first independent work Nasim-e Vasl, composed by Mohammad Javad Zarrabian, was published on his 28th birthday, in 21 May 2003.


Life Events Calendar

1975 > Born on 21 May
1985 > Began studying Avaz under his father’s supervision
1991 > Joined Ava Music Ensemble, playing Tombak
1994 > Performed Qassedak concerts around Europe with his father and Parviz Meshkatian
1999 > Started co-vocaling with his father in concerts
2000 > Accompanied his father in Nava, Dad-o-Bidad, and Zemestan in Europe, US, and Canada concerts
2002 > Accompanied his father in Rast-Panjgah and Morakkab Khani in Europe and Canada concerts
2003 > Published his first independent album: “Nasim-e Vasl”
2004 > Published independent albums: “Na-Shakiba” and “Showq-e Doost”
2005 > Published independent album: “Naqsh-e khiyal”
2006 > Published independent album: “Ba Setareh-ha”



  • Nasim-e Vasl (2003) with Mohammad Javad Zarrabian
  • Na-Shakiba (2004) with Ardeshir Kamkar
  • Showq-e Doost (2003) with Mohammad Javad Zarrabian
  • Naqsh-e Khiyal (2005) with Ali Qamsari
  • Ba Setareh-ha (2006) with Mohammad Javad Zarrabian


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