11 August 2010

It's not entirely clear whether this fatwah http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/02/iran-supreme-leader-music-islam is against Justin Bieber only, or extends to all manifestations of the artform, including military marches. Curiously, this page http://www.salamiran.org/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=165&Itemid=251 is extant on the website of the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa. The Minister of Information shall hear of this! Heads will roll!

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

(I know next to nothing about Persian classical music; my "comments" will be extensively quoted from the booklet notes. I will learn along with you, Listener.)

1. The Saga of the Rising Sun

2. Come with Me

Tracks 1-2 (rec. 1997)
Kayhan Kalhor - kamancheh [spike fiddle], Shujaat Hussain Khan - sitar & voice, Swapan Chaudhuri - tabla
Ghazal: Lost Songs of the Silk Road: Persian & Indian Improvisations
Shanachie, 64096

3. Avâz-e Dashty (rec. 2008)
Mehdi Fallah - voice; Chakavak Ensemble: Reza Manbachi - composer, arranger, artistic director, tar [long-necked lute], setar [
long-necked lute] & shoorangiz [long-necked lute]; Amaan Mehrabian - santur [hammered dulcimer]; Mohsen Biglari - ney [reed flute]; Parisa Ferdosian - bass tar; Arsalan Alizadeh - barbat [oud, i.e. Arab-style lute]; Amir Manbachi - tombak [goblet drum] & percussion
Chakavak Ensemble: The Journey of Love
Global Heritage Music Production, AC001
(A suite of four compositions in the Dashty mode.)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

4. Improvisation à 6 temps
Djamchid Chemirani - tombak

5. Dastgâh-e Segah
Madjid Kiani - santur,
Djamchid Chemirani - tombak

6. Dastgâh-e Shur
Daryoush Tala'i - tar
, Djamchid Chemirani - tombak
("... modes such as Segah [and] Shur ... bring about a state of calm and concentration....")

Tracks 4-6 (rec. 1976-79)
Musique iranienne
Harmonia mundi, HMA 190391

Set #3- 10:00am - 11:00am

7. Improvisations in
Avâz-e Esfahân (rec. 2000)
Hossein Alizâdeh - tar,
Madjid Khaladj - tombak
Iran: Les maîtres de l'improvisation
Buda Records, 1986082

("... Esfahân evoke[s] love and separation.")

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