Saturday, November 30, 2013

KARNA @ Persepolis Museum

KARNA is one of the ancient Persian musical instruments. This Karna which is now kept at Persepolis Museum near Shiraz shows the importance of military and epic music in ancient Persia (Iran).
The above Karna has been made in 6th century BC, when the Achaemenids were ruling the country.
The instrument was discovered during 1930s excavations in Persepolis.

Unfortunately no serious musical material has been left from ancient Persia so no one knows now how that music sounds. There are just historical objects and some names about the modes and musicians.

Karna in a smaller size is still popular in Persian folk music ensembles.
The above photo has been made by Payam Jahangiri, Shiraz-based photographer.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SHIRAZ on KLM Magazine Map

SHIRAZ, the beautiful Persian city, on a map of KLM magazine, Holland Herald.
It's sad that since some months ago KLM has stopped its flights to Persia... anyway Shiraz is forever beautiful, just reach it !

Persian Family on Norwegian Daily Cover

The Norwegian daily Byavisa in one of its recent issues has published the photo of an Iranian immigrant families in Norway whose members have reunioned in the city of Drammen.

According to officials statstics around 18,000 Persians live in Norway. The first wave of Norwegian-Iranians, migrated to Norway as a direct consequence of the political instability that followed the Islamic revolution in 1979. The subsequent difficult situation has since forced many others to seek refuge in Norway.

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Persian : Winner of Universal Tolerance Cartoon Festival in Norway

Saman Torabi, the young Persian cartoonist is the winner of Universal Tolerance Cartoon Festival in Norway.
Universal Tolerance Organization (UTO) in Drammen announced the 1500-EUR prize has been offered to this 32-year artist who has studied art at Isfahan University. 
Saman himself could not attend the festival personally.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Persian Music and Poetry @ Bimhuis

Last night, November 3rd  2013, at Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Rumi Ensemble performed a concert that was led by Javid Afsari-Rad . Bimhuis is a beautiful place and indeed a part of Muziekgebouw.

The ensemble performed Afsari-Rad's vocal pieces from Rumi's poetry. Mohammad Motamedi was the vocalist. I did not like his voice when he was singing at high range but the rest was OK.
Afsari Rad's music was fine for max. 15 min. During the rest of the concert, his ideas were just being repeated. I think if he studies more in the field of music composition, the result of his works will become much better. 
Another issue is his santur play. In playing this instrument, controlling the sound reflection is a challenge so the player should be quite concerned about the impact of the mallets. 
It seemed Afsari-Rad not only did not bother controlling this issue but also he was so eager to strike his santur's string with the maximum power!
Anyway the atmosphere was nice but it was surprising that such a concert did not even have a 'guide' so the audience could have an idea what the name of each piece was, in which mode it had been composed, etc.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fascinations of Persia : an Exhibition in Zürich

Rietberg Museum in Zürich, Switzerland, has organized an exhibition called "Fascinations of Persia" which presents unique works of Persian art, mostly from 17th century. 
The exhibition also explores the artistic exchanges of Persia (Iran) and European countries during Safavid era, when Persian-European ties hugely developed for a short time.
Read more here.