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 +

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
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

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.

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.

From PressTV.ir +