|September 20, 2017|
|Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots|
Sahba Motallebi with Naghmeh Farahmand
Iranian musician Sahba Motallebi is one of the few female soloists of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments. She specializes in Persian classical music, a tradition of virtuoso improvisation based on melodic modes (dastgah) that reflect the mood of the musician and the occasion. At the age of 14, Sahba began studying at Tehran Conservatory of Music where she helped found the women’s music ensemble Chakaveh, and later joined the Iranian National Orchestra, beginning her career as an international performer. Sahba is accompanied by Persian percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand, who grew up surrounded by music as the daughter of one of the leading percussion masters of Iran, Mahmoud Farahmand. Naghmeh plays a single headed goblet drum called the tonbak; the daf, a large frame drum; and the santoor, a hammered dulcimer.
Cape Verdean accordionist Victor Tavares, better known as Bitori, is a torchbearer for the island’s funaná genre. An upbeat, accordion-based music accompanied by the ferrinho, a scraped metallic bar, funaná was initially banned and discounted as music of uneducated peasants. It was only following Cape Verde´s independence from Portugal in 1975 that the funaná sound began to gain recognition. Traditional funaná wasn’t recorded until the late 90’s when iconic singer and composer Chando Graciosa invited Bitori to record an album. It was an immediate hit, and proved to be a catalyst for generations of musicians from Cape Verde and beyond. Recently reunited with a five-piece band after 20 years, the 78-year-old Bitori continues to tour funaná around the world.