AMIR NOJAN & THE NAVA ENSEMBLE * MYSTICAL PERSIAN MUSIC APRIL 26, 2014

Robert Browning Associates presents first NY appearance of acclaimed Persian ensemble

 NavaEnsemble DNAMIR NOJAN & THE NAVA ENSEMBLE

 MYSTICAL PERSIAN MUSIC

Saturday, APRIL 26, 2014   8:00 PM

+ 7:00 PM pre-concert artist talk

 

ROULETTE, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn

$25; $20 seniors, students      Box office (917) 267-0363

Info, video & tickets: www.robertbrowningassociates.com

The Music from the Mediterranean to Asia series presented by Robert Browning Associates continues with the first New York appearance of Amir Nojan and the Nava Ensemble in a meditative program of sung poetry and instrumental music in the classical Persian tradition. The ensemble is under the direction of Amir Nojan, a virtuoso setar (lute) player who studied with leading names in traditional Persian music, including Dariush Tala’i, Mohammad Reza Lotfi, and Jalal Zolfonoun. Nojan is joined by vocalist Taghi Amjadi, who has mastered the intricate and ornate singing tradition of Persian music and has a deep understanding of the mystical Persian poetry tradition, and Sina Dehghani, a percussionist par excellence whose instruments include tonbak (goblet-shaped drum) and daf (frame drum). The program’s songs are drawn from a rich history of mystical poetry that ranges from 11th – to 14th-century poets such as Baba Taher, Nizami, Rumi (Molavi), Hafez, and Sa’adi, and more modern poets of the 17th – to 20th-centuries.

As with most Asian and Middle Eastern music, there is a close link between music and poetry. At times, when the Persian language and identity were under assault (as during the Mongol invasion), it was poetry that kept the culture alive. With religious proscriptions against music and dance at various times, the culture was often maintained through poetry because of its connection to Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam that plays such an important part in the lives of the Iranian people. Instrumental music is nearly always performed as part of a suite that includes sung poetry. Improvisation is an essential part of any performance, and the musicians draw on their experience and mastery of technique to convey the emotions described by the song texts while adding their personal interpretations.

Amir Nojan, born in Shiraz, Iran in 1980 and currently living in California, is known for his brilliance on the setar, and his comprehensive knowledge of radif, the Persian traditional/classical repertoire. He started studying traditional Persian music at the age of 12 and over the years has benefited from the teachings of great masters of Persian music such as Dariush Tala’i, Jalal Zolfonoun and Mohammad Reza Lotfi. He established and directed the Nava Ensemble in 1998 in Iran and has continued that work in the US. He has performed in Iran, Europe and the US as a composer, soloist, improviser and ensemble player, and collaborated with such renowned musicians as Alim Qasimov and Shahram Nazeri. In 2012, he founded the Shiraz Arts Academy, the first professional academy for the teaching of Persian music and arts in Northern California (San Jose).

Taghi Amjadi grew up in Iran, where he began performing at the age of 14. He studied with master musician Esmail Mehrtaash, and continued his studies in the US with Mahmoud Zofonoun, Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Mohammad Reza Shajarian. He is a co-founder of the Barbod ensemble, and has been teaching and performing with various artists in the Bay Area since 1980. He currently teaches classical Persian singing at the Shiraz Arts Academy in San Jose and works as a psychotherapist privately in the Bay Area and at San Francisco State University.

Sina Dehghani, born in 1976 in Tehran, has been playing two ancient Persian percussion instruments, tonbak and daf, since the age of 14. He studied with master percussionists Bahram Dehghani, Majid Hesabi and Navid Afghi; in recent years he has continued his study of daf with Bijan Kamkar, one of Iran’s most prominent daf players, and Mas’od Habibi. In Iran, he played with several ensembles, including Daf Zanan Delahor. A new immigrant, he currently teaches Persian percussion at the Shiraz Academy of Art and culture.

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Robert Browning Associates continues the programming initiated by the founders of the music programming at the Alternative Center for International Arts (Alternative Museum) from 1976 to 1985 and the World Music Institute from 1985 to 2011. Current activities include curating World Views, a concert series presented at Zankel Hall by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Robert Browning Associates; a US tour by Asif Ali Khan, a senior disciple of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and his Qawwali ensemble; and a 4-part concert series of meditational music from the Mediterranean to Asia at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn.

The last concert in this season’s Music from the Mediterranean to Asia series at Roulette features Omar Faruk Tekbilek with Murat Tekbilek – Sufi Music of Turkey (May 3).

For press information, contact:  Helene Browning at 718-541-2366 or mailto:helene@robertbrowningassociates.com

March 30th! 7th Annual Persian New Year Celebration: Persian Music Intersects with 70s Funk | Jazz & Blues | Country

PAF Norooz 2013 E-flyer final

NYC’s Persian Arts Festival, Inc. (PAF), an organization devoted to providing a platform for Persian artists and visionaries, joins forces with Le Poisson Rouge and other Persian cultural organizations to present a New Year extravaganza featuring Persian fusion from three of the city’s top-tiered bands.  Purchase tickets on LPR’s website.  Get up to date info on our Facebook event page.

The evening will be full of musical surprise and delight, featuring rare Persian grooves by DJ Payam, Rana Farhan’s unique blend of classic Persian poetry with contemporary jazz and blues, Vatan’s Persian-meets-country-rock sounds and a blast into the past with Mitra Sumara’s super group of New York City musicians that pay homage to the vibrant pop and funk music of 60s/70s Iran.  This year’s event is sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS – www.simorgh-aiis.org), Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA – www.paaia.org) and Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB – http://www.iranianalliances.org/).

“Norooz”, literally translated as “New Day” in Farsi, is a holiday celebrated around the Spring Equinox by Persians, Kurds, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, Parsis, and other ethnic communities.  Norooz not only marks the rejuvenation of the earth but it also allows people to gather and share in their unique traditions.  New York City is the perfect city for the occasion, and the Persian Arts Festival Annual New Year Celebration is a guaranteed way to usher in the spring season with outstanding Persian traditional and contemporary arts and culture.

 

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


World Music Institute Presents

SEPT 30, Sunday, 7pm

SALAR AGHILI & THE HAMNAVAZAN ENSEMBLE
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.

PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE, 2537 Broadway at 95
th St, NYC
$30, $40 / WMI Friends $25, $35
(212) 545-7536

http://www.worldmusicinstitute.org/event/salar-aghili-the-hamnavazan-ensemble/

http://www.facebook.com/events/381067341965916/

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.

 

The Film Society of LINCOLN CENTER presents the 49th edition of the NCY’s most prestigious films festival…

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (49TH ANNUAL NYFF)

Setpember 30 – October 16

at Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theatre, and Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center

for a full list of films and ticket information, go to http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.  Now in its 49th year, the festival’s main slate includes 27 films that will screen in the incomparable Alice Tully Hall from September 30 – October 16. THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL INCLUDES TWO IRANIAN FILMS we think you might be particularly excited about!

• A SEPARATION by Asghar Farhadi

Saturday, Oct 1: 6:00 pm | Sunday, Oct 2: 1:00 pm

SEPARATION ImageA critical and audience favorite at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear as well as acting prizes for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon of searing family drama that turns into an unexpectedly gripping legal thriller. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, begins with married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) obtaining coveted visas to leave Iran for the United States, where Simin hopes to offer a better future to their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader doesn’t feel comfortable abandoning his elderly, Alzheimer’s-stricken father, and so the couple embark on a trial separation. To help care for the old man, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a pregnant, deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband (Shahab Hosseini), an out-of-work cobbler. Almost immediately there are complications, culminating in a sudden burst of violence that constantly challenges our own perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame and what really happened. A Sony Pictures Classics release. More info: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-separation

COUNTRY: IRAN | PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | RUNNING TIME: 123M

• THIS IS NOT A FILM by Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Thursday, Oct 13: 6:00 pm

THIS IS NOT A FILM imageAccused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi (a four-time NYFF veteran with films like Offside and Crimson Gold) collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the modest home movie it initially seems to be, This Is Not a Film is an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction: surprising, radical, and enormously moving. More info: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/this-is-not-a-film

In addition, the 49th New York Film Festival will include more special screenings and events than ever before.  From debuts to forums to industry dialogues, the Film Society of Lincoln Center can’t wait to bring you a truly 360-degree view of the film world today.  Stay tuned for even more additions to this exciting list of programs!

http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/nyff-special-events

Film Society of Lincoln Center

165 West 65th Street

between Broadway and Amsterdam

the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater is on 65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.

Buy Ticketes ONLINE here: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011/pages/ticket-info/

VISIT OUR BOX OFFICES

Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th Street, north side/upper level

Monday-Friday opens at 12:30pm, Saturday/Sunday opens one half hour before the first screening. Closes every day 15 minutes after the start of the last show. If there are no evening screenings, the box office closes at 6pm. For more information call 212 875 5601 during hours of operation.

The Film Society of LINCOLN CENTER presents the 49th edition of the NCY’s most prestigious films festival…
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (49TH ANNUAL NYFF)
Setpember 30 – October 16
at Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theatre, and Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center
for a full list of films and ticket information, go to http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.  Now in its 49th year, the festival’s main slate includes 27 films that will screen in the incomparable Alice Tully Hall from September 30 – October 16.
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL INCLUDES TWO IRANIAN FILMS we think you might be particularly excited about!
• A SEPARATION by Asghar Farhadi
A critical and audience favorite at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear as well as acting prizes for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon of searing family drama that turns into an unexpectedly gripping legal thriller. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, begins with married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) obtaining coveted visas to leave Iran for the United States, where Simin hopes to offer a better future to their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader doesn’t feel comfortable abandoning his elderly, Alzheimer’s-stricken father, and so the couple embark on a trial separation. To help care for the old man, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a pregnant, deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband (Shahab Hosseini), an out-of-work cobbler. Almost immediately there are complications, culminating in a sudden burst of violence that constantly challenges our own perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame and what really happened. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
COUNTRY: IRAN | PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | RUNNING TIME: 123M
Sat Oct 1: 6:00 pm | Sun Oct 2: 1:00 pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-separation
• THIS IS NOT A FILM by Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Accused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi (a four-time NYFF veteran with films like Offside and Crimson Gold) collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the modest home movie it initially seems to be, This Is Not a Film is an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction: surprising, radical, and enormously moving.
Thu Oct 13: 6:00 pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/this-is-not-a-film
In addition, the 49th New York Film Festival will include more special screenings and events than ever before.  From debuts to forums to industry dialogues, the Film Society of Lincoln Center can’t wait to bring you a truly 360-degree view of the film world today.  Stay tuned for even more additions to this exciting list of programs!
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/nyff-special-events
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street
between Broadway and Amsterdam
the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater is on 65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.
Buy Ticketes ONLINE here: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011/pages/ticket-info/
VISIT OUR BOX OFFICES
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, north side/upper level
Monday-Friday opens at 12:30pm, Saturday/Sunday opens one half hour before the first screening. Closes every day 15 minutes after the start of the last show. If there are no evening screenings, the box office closes at 6pm. For more information call 212 875 5601 during hours of operation.

Here She Is To Save The Day! Artist Aphrodite Désirée Navab’s Photographic Narrative

In a new installation of photographs at New York City’s Skylight Gallery, Iranian-American artist Aphrodite Désirée Navab deals with geo-political issues between the Middle East and the United States through a cheeky visual hybrid of idealized American superhero motifs and traditional women’s garments from the Middle East.

In her new photography exhibition Super East-West Woman’s Sufi Dance: Egypt, which opens February 28th, 2011,Navab documented herself whirling through Egypt’s capital city of Cairo – armed with her superhero shirt and her chador (Islamic covering for women) which pulls double duty as her hero-cape.

“The Superman figure of popular Western culture is transformed into a Superwoman whose chador turns into a cape of agency” Navab said. The cheek of Navab’s art has allowed her to represent visually the ludicrous situations in which her cultural duality has placed her.

The exhibition was inspired by the mounting tensions between the U.S. and the Middle East – in particular Iran. Navab describes her motivation behind the piece “take[ing] shape in 2002 after President George W. Bush branded Iran as one of the three nations comprising an “axis of evil.” This reminded Navab of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, when Iran’s new leaders labeled the United States as “The Great Satan.”

Growing up in the USA, Navab was destined to critique the two nations and cultures that define her identity.The end result is a provocative, nostalgic, and pensive body of work which blends traditional Islamic elements with American popular culture. And, perhaps Super East-West Woman illustrates what Navab herself lives every day of her life: that these two cultures can most definitely live side by side in harmony, even beauty.

The exhibition will run from February 28-April 3, 2011, at the Skylight Gallery NYC. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm. The gallery is located at 538 W 29th St. NY, NY 10001. For more information or inquiries, please contact Gallery Director Carla Goldberg at 646-772-2407, or via email at info@skylightgallerynyc.com.

Upcoming exhibitions of Aphrodite Navab include works featured at the Affordable Art Fair May 5-8, 2011 at 7W 34th St., NYC, as well as a solo exhibition opening September 6 running through October 1, 2011 at Soho 20 Chelsea, 547 W27th St., Suite 301, NYC.

Iranian Theater Festival – 3/3 – 3/26, Brooklyn, NY

Iranian Theater Festival

Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in history. Persian theater, influenced by Arab, Assyrian, and other cultures of the Middle East, has created many rich traditions of performance from ancient times through the modern day. Yet this vibrant heritage remains woefully underrepresented on American stages.

The Brick proposes to expand the boundaries of this cultural moment, and collaborate with Iranian theater artists in the US and abroad, by hosting and producing the first festival in New York devoted solely to Iranian Theater.

The festival will include plays in Persian and English, such as Something Something Über Alles written by Iranian exile and Hellman/Hammett Grant–winner Assurbanipal Babilla, Two Stories That End in Suicide by Piehole (inspired by Sadegh Hedayet’sThe Blind Owl), a preview excerpt from Brendan Regimbal and Samara Naeymi’sAviary, Leila Ghaznavi’s Silken Veils, newly-commissioned contemporary works from Iranian-based playwrights and participants of the Fadjr International Theatre Festival, and a special celebration of the traditional Iranian New Year’s holiday, Nowruz.

A special celebration of the late theater legend Reza Abdoh will include exclusive screenings of complete films of his original productions The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice and Quotations from a Ruined City with special panel discussions by Dar a Luz company members, including Sabrina Artel, Juliana Francis-Kelly, and Tony Torn.

Tickets: $15 (unless otherwise indicated)

Fri, Jan 28th – Three Faiths in the Form of a Fugue – Featuring Reza Aslan, Shirin Neshat and others!

This Friday, January 28th, the NY Public Library in partnership with BoomGen Studios is hosting a magical night of art & music entitled THREE FAITHS IN THE FORM OF A FUGUE. We’d love it if you’d join us.

The evening, hosted by our own Reza Aslan, will bring together the amazing Shirin Neshat on the written word in Islam, Alicia Jo Rabins performing poems set to music about women in the Torah, Salman Ahmad who will play traditional ghazals mixed with rock and roll, and Fabrice Hadjadj who will read on the Book of Job in a duet with Gregorian chant singer Damien Poisblaud.

Click here for more information on the event.

This event will SELL OUT. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible.  To purchase tickets go to http://www.showclix.com/event/16519 or call 1.888.718.4253