World Music Institute Presents: SALAR AGHILI & THE HAMNAVAZAN ENSEMBLE | 9/30/12

World Music Institute Presents

SEPT 30, Sunday, 7pm

An evening of highly ornamental, exquisite and meditative music. Distinguished singer Salar Aghili, one of the foremost Persian classical vocalists of his generation, is joined by the Hamnavazan Ensemble, featuring Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute) and Said Farajpoury (kamancheh – spike fiddle) of the Dastan Ensemble,  Harir Shariatzadeh (piano, daf – frame drum), and Behnan Masoumi (tombak – goblet drum, daf). Their repertoire features centuries-old Persian music, and new approaches to rarely heard songs of the past century.

th St, NYC
$30, $40 / WMI Friends $25, $35
(212) 545-7536

Niyaz Releases “Sumud” | Concert in NYC!

PAF is thrilled to promote Niyaz’ album and upcoming concert in NYC.  Niyaz is a personal favorite among the PAF crew, and their new album, “Sumud”, takes their music to the next level.

In an age where conflict regions are tearing up areas of the Middle East, as well as completely fracturing the understanding of Arabic culture in America, Niyaz is presenting the most groundbreaking marriage of ancient, ecstatic verse with 21st-century dancefloor kinetics.  A journey to the heart of the unmistakable voice of Azam Ali, the refined acoustic/ electronic instrumentation of Loga Ramin Torkian, and the cutting-edge electronic artistry of two-time Grammy nominee producer-remixer Carmen Rizzo. NIYAZ defines the best in contemporary world music by effortlessly marrying rich Sufi mystical poetry and folk songs from the Middle East, masterful acoustic intrumentation, with modern electronics.

‘By ramping it up sonically and musically from an electronic perspective, it opens up an entire range of possibilities for the live performance,’ Rizzo says. ‘The new show is going to have a lot more electronic elements and textures, and be a lot more beat-driven. The songs are going to be arranged and performed a lot differently than the record.’

We are honored to be able to offer the PAF community a free song download from the album, as well as a preview of the entire album by clicking here.  We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Just when you thought this post could not get more exciting, Niyaz is touring around this new release, and frequenting major cities across the US, including NYC!  PAF is giving away free tickets to the concert along with a free copy of the Niyaz CD via our Facebook Contest! For a chance to win, simply comment on the PAF Facebook Page and tell us what your favorite Niyaz song is and why.

Tickets for the NYC show are available now for purchase!  Here are the details:

When: Sunday, July 22nd

Doors: 7pm

Show: 8pm


85 Avenue A 10009 New York, NY, US

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The Official Post-Persian Parade Celebration at La Pomme!

Event: The Official Post-Persian Parade Celebration and Fundraiser sponsored by PAAIA NexGen, SJ-NY, and NIPONY
Time/Date: Sunday 4/15, 5PM – 10PM
Location: La Pomme, 37 West 26th Street b/w 5th & 6th Ave.
Admission: $15 General Admission (cash only), $10 Students with ID
Age Limit: 21 + over


– Persian and International Music by the legendary DJ POLKA
– Special guest appearance and encore performance from the PERSIAN PARADE DANCERS
– A provocative, French-inspired lounge with alluring photographic murals and cutting-edge decor just one block from the Madison Square Park!

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this event is a fundraiser for our beloved Persian Parade with the generous sponsorship of PAAIA NexGen, Shabeh Jomeh, PAF,and NIPONY, so come and show your support for the community!

For those interested in making donations and/or placing ads at the Persian Parade, please e-mail

The 9th Annual Persian Parade New York

Event: 9th Annual N.Y. Persian ParadeTime/Date: Sunday 4/15, 12:00 – 2:00 PM Festival in Madison Square Park From 2:00 PM – 5PM

Location: Parade goes from 38th Street – 26th Street on Madison Avenue

Persian Parade is an annual parade held in New York City celebrating Persian New Year, Nowruz. The 9th Annual Persian Parade, will be held along the 12 blocks of Madison Avenue in New York City on April 15th, 2012 to promote and represent the Iranian heritage and culture. In order to keep the traditions of our homeland alive, Persian Parade Foundation Inc. encourages everyone to be part of this year parade that focuses on the culture, arts, and history of our homeland, Iran. Everyone from every race and culture can participate in, while enjoying the music bands, dance ensembles, flags, floats, performers, marchers, and dignitaries.

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The Official Pre-Persian Parade Celebration at Greenhouse!

PAF is proud to sponsor this pre-Persian Parade extravaganza!

See up to date event details on the Facebook Page

Purchase Tickets Here.

This action-packed and exciting evening will feature:
– Delicious Complimentary Persian Appetizers from Ravagh Restaurant
– Professional Iranian and International Musical Programming by celebrity DJ’s Alex and Amir
– A special raffle to win tickets to BE ON A PARADE FLOAT!
– Exclusive Persian dance performance
– Exclusively from Washington DC: Celebrity FunnyMan and Master of Ceremonies MC Tehran So Parvaz
– Centrally located venue with three (3) beautifully furnished and fully staffed floors, opulent and plush interiors, and 3 dance floors!

Event: The OFFICIAL Pre-N.Y. Persian Parade celebration fundraiser sponsored by SJ-NY, PAAIA NexGen, PAF, and NIPONY
Time/Date: Saturday 4/14, 7PM – 12AM
Location: Greenhouse USA 150 Varick S b/w Spring St.& Vandam St.
Admission: $15 General Admission (cash only), $10 Students with ID
Dress Code: Semi Formal Attire; Men wear Suits, Ladies cocktail chic
Age Limit: 21 + over
Parking: There is easy street parking and parking lots within 2 blocks

7:00pm – Cocktails/Networking – First time guests are encouraged to arrive early to meet current members.
8:00pm – Persian appetizers will be served.
9:00pm – MC Tehran greets Guests, introduces Special Persian Dance Performance – and An exclusive preview of “What’s to come” at the Persian Parade.
9:30pm – 12:00am DJ’s Alex and Amir start their musical program and rock the house with the latest in Persian and international music, so get ready to dance!

Our party will be moved to the downstairs lounge at 11:00PM, join us as we continue to celebrate and show our support for such a great Iranian cultural organization. Our guests are GUARANTEED entry from 7pm – 10:30pm, after which time the venue will open to the public. Please arrive on time!

Exhibition and Performance of “The Homeling” by Aphrodite Désirée navab – Thurs, 4/5/12

Aphrodite Désirée Navab is an artist based in New York City of Iranian and Greek descent. Her performance art series: Super East-West Woman (ongoing since 2002) is motivated by a strategy of using humor and her own body for political and cultural critique. The concept was born in 2002 after former President George W. Bush branded Iran as one of the three nations comprising an “axis of evil.” It reminded her of the Islamic revolution in 1978-79 when Iran’s new leaders labeled the United States as the country of the “Great Satan.” Growing up in the USA, Navab was destined to critique the nations and cultures that inhabit her identity and who are so bent on vilifying each other.
Navab took her chador and turned it into a cape. The Superman figure of popular Western culture is transformed into a Superwoman whose chador turns into a cape of agency. She pokes fun at herself, her cultures, and the ludicrous situations in which her life, between East and West, has placed her. Cultural displacement has not left her incapacitated; rather, it has given her the capacity to live out her healing vision. Armored with her Persian amulets and Greek anti-evil eye bracelets, Super East-West Woman hopes to chase away the evil for which each nation blames the other.

Her commissioned performance for Shahrzad gallery at 8 pm on April 5th, 2012 at Theaterlab: 137 W 14th St, NYC is a continuation of her Super East-West Woman series: “The Homeling.” Homeling was her Greek grandmother Efigenia’s pronunciation for homeless. Neither homeless nor at home, homeling captures both the horror and the rapture, in re-locating home and world.

Navab invites us to imagine a ‘third space’ of working, contesting and reconstructing, allowing other positions to emerge–a space of transnational and cross-cultural initiations.

Event info can be found here.

Artist Talk: A Conversation with Parviz Tanavoli

Monday, February 27th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s foremost artists, will be speaking with Melissa Chiu about his journey as Iran’s first significant modern sculptor. A central figure in the formation of the Saqqakhaneh School — a neo-traditional style of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture — Tanavoli has created works in bronze, ceramic, fiberglass and scrap metal.
Tanavoli will discuss his early years as an artist, later as head of the sculpture department at Tehran University and his passion about Iran’s artistic heritage and craftsmanship, including rugs, locks and metalwork.
Click here to buy tickets.

Monday, February 27th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Asia Society | 725 Park Ave | NYC

Parviz Tanavoli, one of Iran’s foremost artists, will be speaking with Melissa Chiu about his journey as Iran’s first significant modern sculptor. A central figure in the formation of the Saqqakhaneh School — a neo-traditional style of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture — Tanavoli has created works in bronze, ceramic, fiberglass and scrap metal.

Tanavoli will discuss his early years as an artist, later as head of the sculpture department at Tehran University and his passion about Iran’s artistic heritage and craftsmanship, including rugs, locks and metalwork.

Click here to buy tickets.


Norooz Celebration! Mar. 22 | 7pm | Brooklyn, NY

Bowery Arts + Science and City Lore in collaboration with
Persian Arts Festival Present:

Norooz Celebration
Thurs, March 22nd
7 – 11 pm

VII Gallery | 28 Jay Street | DUMBO Brooklyn

Bowery Arts + Science, City Lore and the PAF ring in the Persian New Year in DUMBO, with contemporary literary and musical performances that will delight all ages and backgrounds. Come together and celebrate the wealth and beauty of Persian art and culture!

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Multi-media performances by poets on the subjects of life, death, homeland and love. Poets include Roger Sedarat, Sara Goudarzi, Amir Parsa and Kaveh Bassiri. Poems will be projected in Persian morphing into English translations from the roof of the POEMobile, a hand-painted truck and traveling cinema of words, onto DUMBO’s buildings and streets surrounding VII Gallery!

Film viewing of Niloufar Talebi’s The Persian Rite of Spring: the story of Nowruz
Clips  available for viewing here.

Musical performance by Middle East-meets-Brooklyn band, Vatan.

Performance Art – Iranian Greek American conceptual artist, Aphrodite Desiree Navab will perform “The Metamorph.” Materials: artist’s body, chador, mat, Scarlatti sonata in F minor K 466, haftsin.

Bowery Arts + Science, Ltd. is grateful to the Rockefeller Foundation for its New York City Cultural Innovation Fund award.


PAF thanks this year’s music performance sponsor: Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)

Other promotional sponsors include New York University Persian Club, Persian Mirror, Columbia Iranian Students Association, Shabeh Jomeh, Network of Iranian Professionals of New York (NIPONY), Association of Iranian American Writers (AIAW), Oznoz Entertainment.

About Persian Arts Festival:

Founded in 2005, the Persian Arts Festival (PAF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the magnificence and diversity of Persian art and culture through its voices, artists and visionaries. PAF brings local and global communities together to support these artists and explore one of the world’s most ancient and rich civilizations. The festival gives audiences of all ages and traditions the chance to discover new Persian voices and celebrate established ones. Areas represented at previous events have included fine art, music, film, comedy, family activities and literary.

The Persian Arts Festival is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). NYFA is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded in 1971 to work with the arts community throughout New York State to develop and facilitate programs in all disciplines.

About the POEMobile:

This performance is one in a series of poetry events composing A White Wing Brushing the Building, a Bowery Arts + Science and City Lore project highlighting the poetry of New York City’s ethnic communities and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Grant. The project will focus on the poetry of 8 cultural communities in New York in 2011 and 8 in 2012, with the majority of the events happening during the summer. The titular “white wing” is taken from a poem by Martín Espada and refers to the projections of the poems that are integral part of the project as well as the live poetry readings which will happen in each of the communities.

To date, White Wing has hosted projections and poetry performances in the languages of the Lower East Side (Yiddish, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Cantonese) at the New Museum’s Festival of New Ideas and new work by Native American poets at the American Indian Community House and by Greek at Federation of Hellenic Societies in Astoria. Additional 2011collaborating communities included Mexican, Haitian, and Nuyorican; the POEMobile also appeared at the 2011 Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival. The events are stand alone programs but unified by the common elements of the poetry projections, which will reach the city’s neighborhoods—its storefronts, its basketball courts, its warehouse walls—from the POEMobile.