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

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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PAF Shab-e Yalda Celebration: An Evening of Music and Poetry

PAF Presents: An Evening of Music and Poetry, in celebration of Shab-e Yalda

Saturday, December 11th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Featuring Hafez and Ferdowsi in translation and Persian; Performances by Iraj Anvar, Elizabeth Gray and Richard Jeffrey Newman

$10 suggested donation

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

Begin celebrating the upcoming winter solstice at this special PAF event.

IrajIraj Anvar co-founder and a director of the Tehran Theater Workshop, is translator of two collections of ghazals of Jalal al-Din Rumi, specializing in reciting of classical Persian poetry.  He holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Literature and has over 25 years of teaching experience at major institutions and universities in both the U.S. and Iran. He played and recited Rumi in “Rumi / In the Blink of the Eye” directed by Robert Wilson in May 2007, in the Athens Festival, in Warsaw in February 2008 and in the Theater Festival of Ravenna in the spring of 2008. He also read Rumi’s poetry in the celebration of the UN for the 800th anniversary of Rumi in June 2007. He is currently teaching Persian Language and Culture at Brown University.

LizGrayElizabeth T. Gray, Jr. is a poet, scholar, translator, and a consultant to corporations forming or managing complex negotiations or alliances. The Green Sea of Heaven, her translations of Iran’s major medieval mystical lyric poet Hafiz-i Shirazi (d. 1389), was published by White Cloud Press in 1995 (The Green Sea of Heaven, a CD produced with Reza Derakhshani, was released in 2002). With Mr. Derakshani, Iraj Anvar, and others, she has recited and performed her translations at Harvard and Brown Universities; the Foundation for Iranian Studies; the Sackler Museum in Washington, D. C.; at Sufi Books and the Open Center in New York City; and for the Canadian Broadcasting Company.  New translations of Iranian poems of dissent will appear in Poetry International in 2011.  She lives in New York City.

pedestal-readingRichard Jeffrey Newman, Poet, trans­la­tor, essay­ist and edu­ca­tor, Richard Jef­frey New­man is the author of The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poems, as well as Selec­tions from Saadi’s Gulis­tan and Selec­tions from Saadi’s Bus­tan (Global Schol­arly Pub­li­ca­tions, 2004 & 2006 respec­tively), trans­la­tions of two mas­ter­pieces of 13th cen­tury Iran­ian poetry. He also co-translated with Pro­fes­sor John Moyne all of the poetry in A Bird in the Gar­den of Angels (Mazda Pub­lish­ers, 2008), a selec­tion of work by Rumi, also from 13th cen­tury Iran. In addi­tion, he has com­pleted a verse trans­la­tion of a book-length sec­tion of Shah­nameh, the Per­sian national epic. Richard Jef­frey New­man served as Per­sian Arts Festival’s first Lit­er­ary Arts Direc­tor, and he con­tin­ues to co-curate the monthly Shab-e She’r (Night of Per­sian Poetry).

PAF to co-sponsor CD release Pomegranates: Like A Phoenix From The Ashes at Walter Reade Theater August 12th

More info soon.

August 12th @ Walther Reade Theater NYC
“Like A Phoenix From The Ashes” – a night dedicated to film and music from Iran in the 60s & 70s.

Tickets are available starting Thursday July 22nd through the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center -165 W 65th St New York NY 10023.’

http://www.filmlinc.com/

Sat July 17th – PAF Shab-e She’r Featuring Zara Houshmand and Extended Open Mic!

ZaraSaturday, July 17, 2010  4 – 6 pm

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

This special edition of our Persian poetry series will feature Zara Houshmand, an Iranian-American writer who lives in Austin, Texas. Her work includes poetry, theatre, virtual reality translation, and editing the “Mind & Life” dialogues between the Dalai Lama and scientists. Her poetry has been published in online and print literary journals. Her most recent book is A Mirror Garden (A. A. Knopf, 2007), a memoir co-authored with Monir Farmanfarmaian.

This event will also feature an extended open mic portion.  We are opening the stage to any and all readers, artists, musicians who would like to read or perform their own work or recite works by other poets.  A special appearance by PAF Founder, Mona Kayhan, will be among the readers!  Works can be in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.  Sign up to read at the event or early sign-up by email poetry@persianartsfestival.org.

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.

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.

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.