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.
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.
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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 downloadfrom 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:
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
– Delicious PERSIAN APPETIZERS
– A provocative, French-inspired lounge with alluring photographic murals and cutting-edge decor just one block from the Madison Square Park! http://www.lapommenyc.com/
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.
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 Amirhttps://www.facebook.com/AlexandAmir
– 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! http://greenhouseusa.com/
EVENT DETAILS 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
EVENT AGENDA 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!
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.