9 March 2018, 13:10
A Classical Iranian Music Concert
A window overlooking the Iranian, Mediteranian-Eastern Arab and Ottoman music heritage.
By Nasim-e Tarab Duet
Saeid Kordmafi (santour, vocals)
Fariborz Kiani (tombak, kudum, bendir)
The musical heritage spread over Near East, Middle East and Central Asia generally referred to as 'maqam', while embedded in different musical forms, carries a common message of peace, trust and reconciliation among all people regardless of any border or religious divide. It is this hidden message that seems to be able to mysteriously join the apparently different cultures in a vast region. Adopting a cross-cultural approach, the program will display the interdependencies of the music of an entire region seamlessly crossing borders and boundaries of Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, and Central Asia. With referencing to the same historical roots as well as musical materials that are or can be shared by Iranian, Arab, Turkish and Central Asian musical cultures, this stylistic approach is going to be one of the mainstreams in contemporary classical Iranian music.
The programme will also display the intricate stylistic characteristics of classical Iranian music, preserved throughout the time mostly by aural means. Structured instantaneous creativity, generally referred to as improvisation is one of the key features of this music. Keeping in time with the present while faithfully remaining rooted in the past is possibly a key to its survival.
This performance is part of our Lunchtime Concert Series.
No booking necessary - simply turn up, take a seat and enjoy.