PAF PRESENTS: ABJEEZ IN CONCERT – TUES DEC 14th!

Persian slang for sister … and that’s just what they are –

Safoura and Melody Safavi.

Backed by a colorful crew of musicians, the two abjee’s present their own original brand of Persian world pop!

Their lyrics, often humorous and sometimes rebellious, are written in Farsi, English, Spanish and Swedish – the  expressive groove of the music and the abjees’ dramatic delivery break down all language barriers to create a new synthesis of cultures.

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June 16th, PAF presents: Shab-e She’r feat. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Martyrdom StreetJune 16, 2010 6pm-7:30pm
PAF presents: Shab-e She’r feat. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet!

Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train

Our June 16th Shab-e She’r series will feature Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet! Professor Kashani-Sabet teaches Middle Eastern history and directs the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history at Yale University.  This event will celebrate the recent publication of her first novel, Martyrdom Street, published by Syracuse University Press. She has started a second novel and hopes to complete a series of children’s books in the future.

Her book, Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 (Princeton University Press, 1999) looks at the significance of land and border disputes in Iranian nationalism, with attention to Iran’s shared boundaries with the Ottoman Empire (and later Iraq and Turkey), Russia, Afghanistan and the Gulf states. Frontier Fictions is currently being translated into Persian by Kitabsara Press, Iran.

Professor Kashani-Sabet has also finished a book entitled, Conceiving Citizens: Women, Sexuality, and Religion in Modern Iran (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2010). She is also completing a book on America’s historical relationship with Iran and the Islamic world entitled, The Making of the ‘Great Satan’: A History of US – Iranian Relations (under contract with Princeton University Press). In addition to pursuing her academic work, Professor Kashani-Sabet spends time writing fiction.

An open mic will follow the reading, inviting everyone to read either his or her own poetry or works by other poets, in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture. To sign up to read, please email poetry@persianartsfestival.org.

This event will be streamed LIVE at http://www.bowerypoetry.com!

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern spin. Our program expands what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. PAF and BPC continue to host readings of well-established and emerging authors who are of Persian descent or specialize in Persian literature. Readers have included Nahid Rachlin, Manijeh Nasrabadi and Joe Martin to name a few.

Hermaphrodite, A Performance Art Piece by Désirée Navab and Chervine Dalaeli

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Saturday, June 12th, 7-9 pm
ZORASPACE 315 4th Avenue b/w 3rd & 2nd St in Park Slope, Brooklyn

In this collaboration, Aphrodite Désirée Navab and Chervine Dalaeli, artists who are from Iran and based in NYC, explore the gender stereotypes and pressures of Iranian patriarchal culture. Chervine photographs Aphrodite as she transforms herself into a Hermaphrodite, wearing a traditional shalwar chemise, mustache and turban and follows her as she interacts with the public for several weeks. For the event at Zoraspace, Hermaphrodite will perform the exclusively male Persian ritualized exercise tradition called Zurkhaneh, “house of strength”.

Hermaphrodite 2010 critiques gender expectations at the same time that it is a metaphor for the condition of exile, neither here nor there, but both, neither Iranian nor American, but both. To be ‘unhomed’, as cultural studies theorist Homi Bhabha puts it, does not mean that Hermaphrodite is ‘homeless’. Nor does it mean that s/he can be accommodated easily. By occupying two places at once, Hermaphrodite is a hybrid who becomes difficult to place. It is within this ‘third space’ of working, contesting and reconstructing that hermaphrodite creates an opening for other positions to emerge. Hermaphrodite’s performances and the resulting photographs and videos from these interventions allow for a space of ‘unhomeliness’–a space of trans-national and cross-cultural initiations.

Persian Arts Festival Norooz Celebration, Sat. March 20, 7pm!

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Sat, March 20, 2010

7pm – 9:30 pm, $12 admission

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train

Live Music by Haale, whose songs are trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging
tapestries that draw on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions.

Readings by PAF’s feat Shab-e She’r authors and poets:
Said Sayrafiezadeh, Amir Parsa, Soraya Shalforoosh, Solmaz Shari, Dalia Sofer, Kaveh Bassiri, Roger Sedarat, Richard Jeffrey Newman and Niloufar Talebi!

Join us for PAF’s annual Persian New Year Celebration! This Norooz will feature distinguished authors and guests of our last three seasons of Shab-e She’r as they ring in the New Year by reciting newly written pieces that celebrate the rite of spring. This will pave the way for a smashing performance by Persian Sufi rocker, Haale! For more info on Haale, go to http://haale.com/index.htm.

LPR & WMI present NIYAZ w/ HAALE — FRIDAY Feb 26, 7pm

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NIYAZ w/ HAALE and presented by LPR and World Music Institute

Sufi Mysticism and Trance Electronica
Fri, Feb 26, 2010
7pm

Le Poisson Rouge / 158 Bleecker St New York, NY 10012
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Promotional support by Persian Arts Festival

By any measure, Niyaz has come very far, very fast. The trio’s 2005 debut featured a convincing blend of Sufi mysticism and trance electronica, and quickly established them as a standout ensemble in a very crowded world music field. A worldwide tour followed. Now, Niyaz returns with Nine Heavens, which doesn’t just cross cultural and stylistic boundaries, but the centuries as well. Drawing on medieval Persian poetry and 300-year old Persian folk songs, Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition.

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“She Speaks Greek Farsi” Opening Reception – by Aphrodite Desiree Navab

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Date
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Time:
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery: 547 W 27th St., Suite 301, NYC

Soho20 Chelsea is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Aphrodite Désirée Navab (b. 1971, Iran). She Speaks Greek Farsi opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 6-8 pm and will be on view until February 27th.

In this photographic performance series, Navab’s abdomen serves as the site of performing language. An expression in Greek, to speak any language in a “Farsi way”, is a comment on how fluent and well someone speaks that language. So to speak “Greek Farsi” or “English Farsi” is to speak Greek or English well.

From the concrete world of her embodied experience, language is abstracted. At once personal and universal, private and public, Navab writes words on her skin from the flesh of her own tri-cultural heritage. Words whose meanings, however, hold great potency for anyone who has had to relocate and emigrate: family, place, language, love, friend, birth, land, home, person, history, life, memory, body, self, and world. These fifteen concepts were chosen as the most re-defined issues in her life’s transitions and translations from Iran, to Greece, to the United States of America. Navab writes and erases on her belly, building a memory of marks, and ritually re-enacting the erasure and the re-membering brought on by forced migration.

PAF PRESENTS Shab-e She’r Featuring Aida Shahghasemi and Shabnam Piryaei, Feb. 17th 6 pm!

Please join us for our next Persian Poetry Night that will infuse poetry with music on Wednesday, February 17th at 6 pm!!

Aida SAida Shahghasemi, currently a graduate student in Art and Public Policy at NYU, was born in Iran and moved to the States in July of 2000. She is thankful to her teacher, Amir Samadi, one of the late Mirza Agha Ghowsi’s pupils for learning to play Daf, a traditional Kurdish instrument. Aida has also had the privilege of studying the Iranian Classical vocal repertoire with Parissa by traveling back and forth between Iran and U.S. She has worked with a number of different ensembles over the past five years and is one of the founders of Iran’s House of Art student organization at the University of Minnesota where she completed her bachelors degree in Psychology and Anthropology. She is currently working with the Simorq foundation (please check out at www.simorq.org) hoping to bring an original musical representation of Ferdowsi’s Shah’nameh to the States.

shabnamSmallersmallShabnam Piryaei was born in Iran and raised in the U.S.  Her work has been published in several journals including The Florida Review, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Flashquake, and The Furnace Review.  She has been awarded the Poets & Writers Amy Award for poetry, as well as the Elizabeth George Foundation grant.  Her collection of writing entitled “Ode to Fragile” is forthcoming.  Currently she is developing three short films based on material from the book.

An open mic will follow the reading, inviting everyone to read either his or her own poetry or works by other poets, in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.

Be sure to join us for this rare event!  This event will be streamed LIVE at www.bowerypoetry.com!

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, NYC 10012

Nearest subway is the 2nd Avenue F train or also close is the 6 train at Bleeker.

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) has successfully revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern, new generational spin. The program has made its comeback and expanded what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. Entering into its third season, PAF and BPC continue to host readings of well-established and emerging authors who are of Persian descent or specialize in Persian literature. Readers have included Nahid Rachlin, Manijeh Nasrabadi and Joe Martin to name a few.

“Call Me Anar”, a Performance Art Piece by Aphrodite Desiree Navab

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Thursday, November 19, 7pm

Location: SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea / Gallery Call Me

Aphrodite Desiree Navab

Call Me Anar (Pomegranate)

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Anar (Pomegranate), a performance by Aphrodite Désirée Navab with one pomegranate, one carpet, one tale, and a chorus of three pale males.

The Tale: “Call me Anar,” she said. “Someone there was. Someone there wasn’t.” It took her twenty years to swallow, fester, brood, to spit. These. Words. Out. One by one, the chewed seeds of a pomegranate fell. “This was my man the parasite. And this was my one who lied. And this one knewnot what he wanted. And this one searched for himself in others…But I loved, how I loved all of them.”

Aphrodite Désirée Navab (b. Iran, 1971) is an Iranian Greek American artist and writer who resides in New York City. Her art has been featured in over eighty exhibitions around the world and is includedin a number of permanent collections. She will have a solo show in Athens, Greece in September and is currently in a retrospective of the Lowe Art Museum’s photography collection in Miami.

Shahram and Hafez Nazeri – A Conversation/Demonstration | Asia Society

Shahram and Hafez Nazeri – A Conversation/Demonstration at Asia Society

Join legendary Iranian musicians, father and son Shahram (vocals) and Hafez Nazeri (setar), in an exploration of the musical traditions of Iran as they give an informative presentation on the music of their native country. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the musicianship of the Nazeri family in an intimate setting prior to their concert “Iranian Sounds of Peace” at Carnegie Hall on November 14.

Nov 11, 2009 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
$10 Asia Society members and students w/ID; $12 nonmembers
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