SAHBA MOTALLEBI (IRAN/US) & NAGMEH FARAHMAND (IRAN/CANADA)
MUSIC OF PERSIA – TRADITIONAL MEETS CONTEMPORARY
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Numinous Music Presents & Productions, in conjunction with Adat Ari El, is very pleased to present a special performance day with Sahba Motallebi accompanied by Naghmeh Farahmand.
Sahba Motallebi (IRAN/US) – Tar and Setar virtuoso performs and composes Persian Music where Traditional Meets Contemporary, and is accompanied by multi-talented percussionist, Naghmeh Farahmand (IRAN/CANADA) on Tonbak and Daf.
Sahba and Naghmeh are two Persian Musical Masters, Baha’i & Muslim women respectively, playing powerfully together in unity.
“There is no rock guitarist, no oud player, possibly no musician anywhere in the world with such subtle yet fearsome chops on a fretted instrument.”— New York Music Daily, October 2016
* LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO – SAHBA MOTALLEBI w/NAGHMEH FARAHMAND – “Shahgah” – Symphony Space, NYC – October 2016 – https://www.youtube.com/
Hear classical and original music for the Iranian lute, performed by one of the few female soloists on the instrument. Sahba Motallebi specializes in Persian classical music, a tradition of virtuoso improvisation based on melodic modes (dastgah) chosen to reflect the mood of the musician and the occasion. After attending the Tehran Conservatory in the 1990s, she cofounded the women’s ensemble Chakaveh and joined the Iranian National Orchestra before relocating to Southern California. Naghmeh Farahmand, based in Toronto, plays percussion with a wide range of traditional and jazz artists and founded the ensemble Sharghi.
A modern virtuoso of the tar and setar and an innovator in teaching Persian Music, Sahba Motallebi is a jewel in the Global World Music communities, having been awarded the Best Tar Player at the Tehran Conservatory in Iran from 1993 – 1996, as well as at the Iranian Music Festival from 1995 – 1998.
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SAHBA MOTALLEBI: BIO –
Sahba Motallebi is a virtuoso on both the tar and setar, two related lutes at the heart of Persian classical music. As a teenager in her native Iran she pushed against patrimonial restrictions and emerged as a dynamo on her instruments; when she was only 14 she began her studies at the Tehran Conservatory of Music and between the years 1995-98 she was a four-time winner as best tar player at the Iranian Music Festival (she also studied abroad, in Russia and Turkey). While still in school she cofounded the boundary-breaking female music ensemble Chakaveh; in 1999 she was invited to join the prestigious Iranian National Orchestra, which initiated her global performance career, and eventually led her to settle outside of Los Angeles, where she’s lived and played for over a decade, and has worked fastidiously to preserve traditional Persian classical music. She also extended her education in performance practice at CalArts. Motallebi has achieved extraordinary recognition as an expat and she’s been honored by performing with the great master Hossein Alizadeh.
Sahba Motallebi is an Iranian songwriter, Tar, Setar and Shoorangiz virtuoso and an internationally acclaimed musician. She has studied music and composition at distinguished institutions such as the National Conservatory (Iran), Saint Petersburg Korsakov Conservatory (Russia), RGS University (Turkey), and California Institute of Arts (USA). Sahba has been recognized as the best Tar player at the Iranian Music Festival (FAJR) for four consecutive years. Her performances as a soloist and in collaboration with renowned vocalists such as Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Alireza Ghorbani, Sina Sarlak, Mamak Khadem and esteemed composers such as Hossein Alizadeh, Arshad Tahmasebi, Keyhan Kalhour, and Yo-Yo Ma have touched audiences around the globe. Author of two educational etudes for Tar and Setar, Sahba has served as music instructor at the Pasadena State College (CA), Lawrence University (WI), and Berklee College of Music (MA). Iran-born and Southern Californian based Tar and Setar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi has an incredible relationship with major Western and Central Asian artists.
Performing with artists from all over the Persian Diaspora, she exhibits her profound grasp of classical and contemporary Iranian music by masterfully weaving classical Persian styling, folk and world fusion. To date, Sahba has been an ambassador of Persian music in the United States and abroad and has captivated audiences in prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl (2006), and Grand Performances (2015). Integrated amongst the aforementioned accomplishments are numerous recorded works encompassing: Presentation of Young Artists (2003), Dashti-Nava (2005), Solace of the eyes, (2006), ever lasting songs of Iran Vol. I & II (2001), Ancient Heritage anew (2011), Dream and Illusion (2012), and A Tear at the Crossroad of Time (2014). Recognized as the best Tar player among all ages at the Iranian Music Festival (FAJR) for Four consecutive years (1993-1996).
Sahba continues to perform worldwide, and has released a series of noted books and recordings, the latest of which is 2014’s A Tear at the Crossroad of Time. A brand New recording is just about complete. Sahba is also recognized as an innovator in the teaching of Persian music; her pioneering efforts to put instructional materials on the internet and to teach students online have inspired something of a renaissance in the transmission of this ancient art form, and reflect her abiding commitment to bring the gift of music to her community and the world.
NAGMEH FARAHMAND BIO –
Naghmeh Farahmand – Daughter of one of Iran’s leading percussionists, Mahmoud Farahmand, grew up surrounded by music in a full house of drums. She started playing the tonbak when she was six under the supervision of her father, and was encouraged to learn a melodic instrument to gain insight into the melodic aspect of music as this would make her a better accompanist. So she started playing the santur under the guidance of Faramarz Payvar and Pashang Kamkar. Besides learning traditional music, Naghmeh found the daf to be very powerful and spiritual and began learning Sufi and Kurdish rhythms from Bijan Kamkar and Masoud Habibi. She has performed in many well-known traditional ensembles in Iran and at festivals around the world, and was honored to perform with ney master Hassan Nahid and famed vocalist Hengameh Akhavan. In 2010, she moved to Canada and started working with musicians in world music and jazz. She is the founder of the Sharghi percussion ensemble.
Although her playing is rooted in Persian traditions, she’s also learned in Sufi and Kurdish music as well, and before immigrating to Canada in 2010 she had performed with Iranian giants like the ney player Hassan Nahid and singer Hengameh Akhavan. Since relocating her practice has expanded to include jazz as well as music from Bulgaria and India. Her 2012 album features her wide-open aesthetic, one rooted in the fundamentals of Persian tradition but versatile enough to make room for a growing world of influences.
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