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Featuring two of Iran’s most important figures in Persian classical music touring with the next generation of
musical masters. Following previous sold-out tours, this edition of Masters of Persian Music features
Hossein Alizadeh, the tar (plucked lute) maestro who is considered an inspiration to an entire generation of
Iran’s musical culture; Kayhan Kalhor, the kamancheh (spike-fiddle) virtuoso who through his many
musical collaborations has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West and is a creative
force in today’s music scene; and the remarkable young vocalist Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh, leading disciple
of the renowned Mohammad Reza Shajarian, who will be touring North America for the first time. They will
be accompanied by Nima Alizadeh on robab, Rouzbeh Rahimi on santur (hammered dulcimer), Alireza
Hosseini on tombak and Siamak Jahangiry on ney.
Masters of Persian Music
World Premiere Persian Masters Concerts
Hossein Alizadeh – Tar (plucked lute)
Kayhan Kalhor – Kamancheh (spiked fiddle)
Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh – Vocals
Nima Alizadeh– Robab
Alireza Hosseini – Tombak
Rouzbeh Rahimi – Santur (hammered dulcimer)
Siamak Jahangiry – Ney
Date: Sunday Feb 07, 2010 - 8 pm
Place: Massey Theatre
735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2
Tickets: $45-$54-VIP (Reserve Seating)
Box Office: 604-521-5050
Info & Reservation: 604-904-8866
HOSSEIN ALIZADEH - Tar (Plucked Lute)
Masters of Persian Music: Three Generations
Hossein Alizadeh was born in Tehran in 1951. After graduating from the Music Conservatory, he entered the School of Music of the University of Tehran in 1975 where he
received his degree in composition and performance. During the same period he studied with various ostads of traditional Persian music such as Ali Akbar Khan Shahnazi, Nur
Ali Borumand, Abdollah Davami, Mahmood Karimi and Houshang Zarif. It is from these masters that he learnt the radif of Iranian classical music. Alizadeh was awarded a
position with the National Orchestra of Iran and later became the conductor and soloist of the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra. He founded the Aref Ensemble
and performed with the Shayda Ensemble, both dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Iranian classical music. Alizadeh participated in the orchestra of the famous
Bejart Ballet Company in a performance of Gulistan, a ballet by Maurice Bejart. In the early 1980s, he further expanded his formal education by studying composition and
musicology at the University of Berlin. In 2000, the Ministry of Culture in Iran declared him the best contemporary artist. As a teacher he has trained many young musicians
and has written and published a number of etudes for tar and setar. He has composed many works of contemporary and neo-classical Iranian music including Hessar, Ney
Nava and Song of
Compassion as well as several film scores including Gabbeh, A Time for Drunken Horses and most recently Turtles Can Fly. In addition, Alizadeh has recorded the entire
body of the radif based on the interpretation of Mirza Abdollah. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared on many radio
and television programs around the world. He has taught at the University of Tehran, the Tehran Music Conservatory and the California Institute of the Arts.
KAYHAN KALHOR - Kamancheh (Spiked Fiddle)
Masters of Persian Music: Three Generations
Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle). His performances of Persian music and his many collaborations have attracted audiences around the
globe. Born in Tehran, Iran, he began his musical studies at the age of seven. At thirteen, he was invited to work with the National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Iran, where he performed for
five years. When he was seventeen he began working with the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, the most prestigious arts organization in Iran at the time. He has traveled extensively
throughout Iran, studying the music of its many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan.
Kayhan has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon. He is co-founder of the renowned
ensembles Dastan, Ghazal: Persian & Indian Improvisations and Masters of Persian Music.
Kayhan has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri and has also performed and recorded with Iran’s greatest instrumentalists.
Kayhan has composed music for television and film and was most recently featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Copolla’s Youth Without Youth in a score that he collaborated on with
Osvaldo Golijov. In 2004, Kayhan was invited by American composer John Adams to give a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of his Perspectives Series and in the same year he appeared on a
double bill at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, sharing the program with the Festival Orchestra performing the Mozart Requiem. Kayhan is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and
his compositions appear on all three of the Ensemble’s albums.
Three of his recent recordings have been nominated for Grammys.
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