Shanbehzadeh Trio, Trance & Dance of Bushehr, Iran

shanbehzadeh trio picWorld Music Institute presents
Trance & Dance of Bushehr, Iran

Shanbehzadeh Trio

Saturday, October 16, 2010  8:00 pm

Peter Norton Symphony Space
Broadway at 95 St.

The Shanbehzadeh Trio, with its driving rhythms, trance-inducing songs, and striking hip-swinging dances offers a rare opportunity to experience the fascinating music and dance of the southern Iranian province of Bushehr.. A cultural crossroads for centuries, Bushehr has been influenced by Sufi, Persian, Arab, African and Indian traditions. The ensemble is led by multi-instrumentalist and dancer Saeid Shanbehzadeh, who traces his ancestry to Zanzibar in East Africa, and includes his son Naghib Shanbehzadeh and Habib Mefhta-Busheri.  Their alluring instruments include neyanban (double-reed bagpipe), neydjofti (double flute), and boogh (goat’s horn).  Shanbehzadeh was a highlight at globalFEST in 2009.

“a mesmerizing set of what may be called the hidden Afro-Persian tradition…transfixing” – NPR

Tickets:         $32;  $27 WMI Friends

Tickets& Info: or  212-545-7536

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

PAF ladiesThe Persian Arts Festival’s Annual Norooz Celebration!

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

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


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

Sufi Mysticism and Trance Electronica
Fri, Feb 26, 2010

Le Poisson Rouge / 158 Bleecker St New York, NY 10012

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.

From Iran: Oudist Negar Booban in “Shab e Yalda”

NEGARAlwan for the Arts, in conjunction with Womens Voices: A Festival Across Genres and Traditions, presents:

NEGAR BOOBAN – Oud & Vocals in “Shab e Yalda” – The Birth-Night of the Sun

Saturday, December 19th, 9 – 11 pm

Alwan is privileged to host one of Iran’s finest musicians, oudist Negar Booban, in her U.S. debut and the final concert of “Women’s Visions: A Festival Across Genres and Traditions.” Partly accompanied by her own voice, Negar will give a solo instrumental oud performance in an expressive conceptualization of “the birth of the Sun”, based on the mythical images in Persian beliefs about “Yalda” night.

Tickets: $20, available at the door and online here: (An online fee applies, use printout as your ticket.)

$15.00 student rush tickets available (with I.D.) at the door only.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Event info:

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