Oktober 23: Iranian Classical Music in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory
Center “World Music Cultures”
Scientific and Creative Project “The Descendants of Arctide”
23 October, Tuesday
Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
(B. Nikitskaya st., 13)
IRANIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC
HOSEIN NOURSHARGH (avaz) and the Group “GHAMAR”
On the 23rd of October, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory will be illuminated with the “Light of Orient” — which is an exact translation of the singer’s last name, Nourshargh, from Farsi. Accompanied by “Ghamar,” a famous instrumental group, he will introduce a unique art of classical Iranian avaz.
The very fact of presenting this ancient Oriental tradition, perfected in all its details, in Russia’s best concert hall is quite symbolic. Based on the most complex musical canon, with centuries-long secrets of memorizing and evolving its idioms, this tradition has demonstrated the triumph of inherent creative genius and familial artistry, which both open up a musician’s mind for supreme revelation.
Hosein Nourshargh is one of those rare living musicians who have brilliantly managed to embody some topical ideas of today by means of a strictly traditional school of Ispahan avaz, which is genuinely Iranian. Together with the group “Ghamar” led by Navid Dehghan, a subtle musician and brilliant kamancheh virtuoso, Hosein Nourshargh will perform a major program of Iranian classical music.
It will consist of various zarbis and chahar-mezrabs, as well as of spontaneous avazes and tasnifs on the verses of such Persian poets as Rumi, Hushang Ebtehaj and Siavash Kasraie. A famous “Decorator’s Studio of Mark Patlis’s” will help reconstruct an atmosphere of luxurious palaces and exquisite meetings of noble people, which is customary for the avaz performing tradition.
An inimitable and warm voice of Hosein Nourshargh’s, which can deliver the highest degree of emotional tension, combined with the subtle intellectual playing and enchanting beauty of Persian poetry, as well as with an unrivaled glow and magic force of the Persian carpet “music,” will bring genuine delight to all whose visit to the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory this evening is associated with an expectation to feed their hearts with supreme spiritual energy.
It is also notable that this concert opens another unique event, which is an international round table “Sound Archetypes of the Indo-European Cultural Commonness”: lectures and master classes by leading ethnomusicologists from France, Iran and Japan, as well as traditional performances by Iranian musicians, are scheduled on its program.