Sahba Motallebi Performances

 

SAHBA MOTALLEBI + NAGHMEH FARAHMAND AND IBERI CHOIR

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Category
Live Performances
Date
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:00 PM
Venue
Preston Bradley Hall - Chicago, IL

Join us for a rare and exclusive performance from Persian classical musician Sahba Motallebi and percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand at World Music Festival Chicago on Thursday, September 21st! Shortly following, Georgian ensemble Iberi Choir will share moving harmonies that are intended to present the full splendor of Georgian tradition, from the sonorous styles found in the eastern region of Kakhetia to the more extroverted, virtuosic sounds found in the western regions of Guria and Mengrelia.

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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 in 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. For this rare Chicago appearance she will perform with percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand, daughter of the great Mahmoud Farahmand. 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.

About Iberi Choir:
Hailing from Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi Iberi Choir are distinguished advocates of one of the world’s greatest polyphonic vocal traditions. The practice stretches back centuries, and it’s generally considered to have predated the introduction of Christianity in the region, even if the sound sometimes seems liturgical in nature. The ensemble was founded in 2012 by Buba Murghulia, a singer in storied Georgian troupes like the State Ensemble for Song and Dance and Kapela, as well as the experimental rock band the Shin. Its eleven members survey a wide variety of traditions, deftly combining a quiet theatricality and amusing vocal acrobatics. The dominant sound of the group focuses on breathtaking harmonies, as one, two, or three vocalists deliver soaring melodic leads while the rest of the group sing lushly striated drones or contrapuntal curlicues and lockstep patterns in exhilarating fashion to create a mind-boggling array of rhythms, melodies, and shifting timbres. Adorned in striking black coats and robes, and outfitted with traditional swords, the acapella choir is capable of mesmerizing listeners with a concentrated blend of voices that’s astonishingly ethereal and calming, but they’re equally adept at rhythmically agile works, where the harmonies toggle between peaceful serenity and guttural polyrhythmic propulsion.

 
 

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  • Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:00 PM

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Past Performances


19
Apr
2020
7:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ DUO – LOS ANGELES, CA.

Venue: Skirball Cultural Center | City: Los Angeles USA
Iraq Meets Iran in Musical Dialogue
8
Mar
2020
4:30pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI WITH SOUNDS OF THE HOMELAND ENSEMBLE

Venue: Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Asian Art | City: Washington, DC USA
Sahba Motallebi with SOUNDS OF THE HOMELAND Ensemble
8
Mar
2020
2:30pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI WITH SOUNDS OF THE HOMELAND ENSEMBLE

Venue: Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Asian Art | City: Washington, DC USA
Sahba Motallebi with SOUNDS OF THE HOMELAND Ensemble
8
Mar
2020
12:30pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI WITH SOUNDS OF THE HOMELAND ENSEMBLE

Venue: Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Asian Art | City: Washington, DC USA
Sahba Motallebi with SOUNDS OF THE HOMELAND Ensemble
20
Feb
2020
7:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP: UT MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE

Venue: University Of Texas | City: Austin, Texas USA
Sahba Motallebi – University Of Texas – Austin – Educational Workshop: UT Middle Eastern Ensemble
15
Feb
2020
7:30pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ – WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE

Venue: World Music Institute Merkin Hall | City: New York, NY USA
Sahba Motallebi & Rahim AlHaj – World Music Institute – Merkin Hall, NYC, NY
15
Jan
2020
6:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & ALL-STAR WOMEN’S MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE

Venue: Private Event | City: Dubai UEA
Sahba Motallebi & All-Star Women’s Middle Eastern Ensemble – Private Event
19
Oct
2019
8:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ – CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Venue: Szold Hall | City: Chicago Illinois USA
Old Town School Of Folk Music - Szold Hall - Chicago, Illinois
18
Oct
2019
8:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ – KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

Venue: St. Luke's Episcopal Church | City: Kalamazoo, Michigan USA
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan - Connecting The Chords Music Festival
21
Sep
2019
6:30pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI WITH PEZHHAM AKHAVASS – ALBEQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Venue: The National Hispanic Cultural Center: Journal Theater | City: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Sahba Motallebi with Pezhham Akhavass – Globalquerque Festival 2019
30
Aug
2019
8:00pm
Past Performance

SOUNDS OF THE HOMELAND

Venue: Schaumburg Convention Center | City: Chicago Illinois USA
Sahba Motalebi, Kourosh Moradi, Pezhham Akhavass, Babak Daneshvar & Mehdi Bagheri – Debut Appearance
27
Jul
2019
8:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ DUO

Venue: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse | City: Berkeley, CA USA
Unique combination of traditional and innovative performance techniques.
22
Jun
2019
7:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ DUO

Venue: Lincoln Recital Hall @ Portland State University | City: Portland, Oregon USA
SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ DUO
21
Jun
2019
7:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ DUO

Venue: Kirkland Performance Center | City: Kirkland, Washington USA
SAHBA MOTALLEBI & RAHIM ALHAJ DUO
17
May
2019
11:45am
Past Performance

17TH ANNUAL SPRING JOSHUA TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Venue: Joshua Tree Lake Campground | City: Joshua Tree, CA USA
SAHBA MOTALLEBI – Will Be Performing A Full Solo Set
3
May
2019
7:00pm
Past Performance

FANDANGO AT THE WALL – TINY WALL PERFORMANCES

Venue: The Symphony Space | City: New York, NY USA
Sahba Motallebi – As a special guest performer with the Arturo O’Farrill’s Orchestra.
28
Apr
2019
7:00pm
Past Performance

SOUNDS FROM THE HOMELAND

Venue: Duke Ellington School of the Arts | City: Washington, DC USA
HOSTED BY IRANIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER (IACC) AND DUKE ELLINGTON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
24
Mar
2019
6:00pm
Past Performance

IRANIAN NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, NOROOZ 2019

Venue: Michigan Tech MUB Ballroom | City: Houghton, Michigan USA
Iranian community at Michigan Tech celebrates the Iranian New Year (Norooz).
18
Aug
2018
6:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI & NAGMEH FARAHMAND PRESENTED BY SMALL WORLD MUSIC

Venue: Harbourfront Centre | City: Toronto Canada
Two remarkable rising stars of Persian classical music, among the few women performing it.
26
May
2018
3:00pm
Past Performance

FANDANGO AT THE WALL – ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Venue: Fandango Fronterizo Festival | City: Tijuana Mexico
ARTURO O’FARRIL’S Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) is a Non-Profit Organization Based In NYC.
29
Apr
2018
3:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI WITH NAGHMEH FARAHMAND

Venue: Adat Ari El | City: Valley Village, CA USA
MUSIC OF PERSIA – TRADITIONAL MEETS CONTEMPORARY
25
Mar
2018
7:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI WITH NAGHMEH FARAHMAND: A NUROOZ CELEBRATION

Venue: Musical Instrument Museum | City: Phoenix, AZ USA
Joining Sahba on stage will be Naghmeh Farahmand, a Persian percussionist.
27
Jan
2018
8:00pm
Past Performance

PERSIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH SAHBA MOTALLEBI + NAGHMEH FARAHMAND

Venue: North Beach Bandshell | City: Miami Beach, Florida USA
This annual series returns in collaboration with Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts.
19
Oct
2017
7:00pm
Past Performance

MUSIC ACROSS BORDERS: SAHBA MOTALLEBI AND THE RYAN SPEARMAN BAND

Venue: The Stage at KDHX | City: St. Louis, MO USA
For more than 25 years, St. Louis-based American Voices has run cross-cultural exchange projects.
13
Oct
2017
6:00pm
Past Performance

THE 13TH ANNUAL RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL

Venue: Brown's Island | City: Richmond, VA USA
SAHBA MOTALLEBI (IRAN/US) & NAGHMEH FARAHMAND (IRAN/CANADA) Will Be Performing TWO Concerts TODAY.
11
Oct
2017
7:30pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI AND NAGHMEH FARAHMAND

Venue: Ewell Recital Hall | City: Williamsburg, VA USA
21
Sep
2017
6:00pm
Past Performance

SAHBA MOTALLEBI + NAGHMEH FARAHMAND AND IBERI CHOIR

Venue: Preston Bradley Hall | City: Chicago, IL USA
20
Sep
2017
7:00pm
Past Performance

GLOBAL ROOTS FESTIVAL 2017: SAHBA MOTALLEBI & NAGHMEH FARAHMAND AND BITORI

Venue: Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots | City: Minneapolis, MN USA
20
Sep
2017
6:00pm
Past Performance

GLOBAL ROOTS FESTIVAL: SAHBA MOTALLEBI & NAGHMEH FARAHMAND, BITORI

Venue: The Cedar Cultural Center | City: Minneapolis, MN USA
19
Sep
2017
5:00pm
Past Performance

WORLD MUSIC FEST 2017 – HOSTED BY YOUNG AUDITORIUM’S CULTURAL AFFAIRS

Venue: Young Auditorium - UW-Whitewater | City: Whitewater, Wisconsin USA
27
Jan
2017
8:00pm
Past Performance

MDC LIVE ARTS – SAHBA MOTALLEBI WITH NAGHMEH FARAHMAND

Venue: North Beach Bandshell | City: Miami Beach, Florida USA