Amir Nojan & Nava Ensemble, Mystical Persian Music Past

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 ,
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
- Brooklyn, NY, United States

Sung poetry and instrumental music in the classical tradition with virtuoso setar player Amir Nojan, master vocalist Taghi Amjadi, and brilliant percussionist Sina Dehghani. First New York appearance

8 PM Concert
7 PM Pre-concert talk with artists

Tickets: $25 General Admission $20 Student/Senior with valid ID

The Nava Ensemble, featuring Amir Nojan (setar – plucked lute), Taghi Amjadi (vocals) and Sina Dehghani ( tonbak – goblet drum, daf – frame drum) perform a program of sung poetry and instrumental music in the classical Persian tradition. 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. The performance is shaped by the musicians’ knowledge and the sensitivity and mood of the audience. The songs are drawn from a rich history of mystical poetry that ranges from 11th- to 14th-century poets such as Babar Taher, Nizami, Rumi (Molavi), Hafez, Sa’adi, and more modern poets of the 17th to 20th centuries.

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