Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

An Evening of Persian Classic Music
Organized by IRNCY group

Saeed Mirzazadeh:

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Iran. He began playing Tar (an Iranian classical-traditional instrument) as well as Piano after high school. He was discriminated from studying at university because of his religious belief in Baha’i faith by Iranian regime, so he attended the music program offered by an underground institute, BIHE (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education) founded by Baha community of Iran to give the opportunity to its young people who have been denied access to academic studies in their own country to access to higher education.

Being blind he has never limited his studies, activities and career as a musician. He is graduated in composition from the Conservatory of Milan under the supervision of Mario Garuti. He has also studied in Giorgio Tedde’s studio and participated in master classes of distincted composers like Claudio Ambrosini, Marco Stroppa, Frédéric Durieux, …

In January 2019 he has worked with Roadrunner trio (clarinet, Accordion and cello) based in Amsterdam through a composition workshop which ended with recording of his piece, Lightscape, written for these instruments. In June 2018 he was invited by Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra (VI-CO) to Global Soundscapes Festival in Vancouver, Canada, as composer and tar performer. His pieces Pishzangouleh for tar and orchestra and Incising Glimmers for tar and ensemble have been performed in this festival by VI-CO and Araxes Ensemble rispectively.

His other experiences in collaboration with ensembles include working with Ex Novo Ensemble and New Made Ensemble. His piece “Songs of the Rose Garden: Song 1” for bass flute, violin and piano has been commissioned for the festival Maratona Contemporanea 2015 by Teatro la Fenice of venice, and his
piece “Fantasy in Segah” for guitar has been selected for Call for Scores New Made Week – il progetto “SIAE – Classici di Oggi” in 2015. His electroacustic composition, EffecTar, has been broadcasted on Radiotre, the dedicated radio channel of RAI, the Italian radio-television.

He received merit award from Valentino Bucchi Foundation in 35 th edition of international composition competition in 2012 for his quintet (Primo Quintetto), as well as special mention for the same piece from the Maurice Ravel Association in the first edition of international composition competition in 2015.

He has performed tar either as soloist or with different ensembles in various cities of his country and abroad, in concerts and festivals such as Entroterre Festival of Bertinoro and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, and the annual conference of Persian Culture (FOPCA) in Chicago, USA, Music Fajr Festival in Tehran, Iran. He has received various awards as the best tar player in different competitions and festivals such as Tar Performers Festival – Tribute to Maestro Hosein Alizadeh 2003 in Tehran.

He is artistic director of the Sarir ensemble founded in 2019 with the prospective of performing and promoting Persian music in Iran and all over the world.

He has a long term experience in teaching tar, theory of music, sight-singing and eartraining. He is now an instructor and faculty member of BIHE. He has also given a lecture at the University of Milan – musicology program, about tar and its performing techniques, and has held workshops about Persian music in Entroterre Festival in Bertinoro, Italy in 2018. He is actually the counselor of Sazine music Institute and Piano Institute in Karaj, Iran. He is also the manager of collaboration project between Sazine Music Institute and the Conservatory of Cesena (in Italy) in holding music preparatory courses in Iran.

Peyman Sahihi:

Born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran. Professional Persian music percussion player, specially Tombak and Daf.

He has collaborated with different renown ensembles and orchestras among them Tehran Synphonic Orchestra, and performed in numerous concerts and musical events in Iran and Abroad like Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium and UAE.

He has published methods for both Tombak and Daf called ‘Tombak-e Man’ and ‘Daf-e Man’ which have received excelent feedbacks from critics and teachers of these instruments. He has also produced the firts and the most complete software for learning Tombak in Iran.

He received the distincted prize as the best percussion player in 1997 in Tehran. He has more than 25 years of experience in teaching percussion.

Aryan Rahmanian:

Aryan Rahmanian was born in 1976 in the province of Khorasan, eastern Iran. He started singing at the age of nine, under the supervision of his father. At the age of fourteen, Aryan began studying the traditional classical repertoire of Persian music known as Radif. Later he started learning the Tar ,one of the main Iranian instruments .He studied Persian Classical Music (Tar and Vocal) with the most famous masters of Persian classical music including Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Nasrollah Nasehpoor, Mohsen Keramati and Mansur Sinaki.

Interested in both music and philosophy , Aryan continued his education in History, Philosophy and Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Aryan activities are in both fields of academic research and live music performance. He published two books about philosophy of music, Western Philosophers and Music, and Eastern Philosophers and Music. Each book explains the philosophers’ ideas about music. Aryan also published a Comprehensive Commentary of Jame al—alhan (14 century Near Eastern treatise musical theory), which is an encyclopedia of Middle Eastern Classical Music. Aryan has performed widely throughout the world. He gave various concerts and participated in many international music festivals in the United States, Europe, Turkey, India, United Arab Emirates, and Iran.

Aryan also produced several music CDs including Baharan (the springs), The Voice of the East, Jane Jan (the Soul of the souls), Ahuye Man (my deer), and the Remembering Your Name.

Shima Shahmohammadi:

She was born in 1983 in Tehran, Iran. She earned B.A in playing Kamancheh and M.A in playing Qeychak from Art University of Tehran. She is actually lecturer and instructor at the University of Applied Science and Technology (art department) and the Music School in Tehran.

She has published a method for Kamancheh in two volumes “Dastour-e Kamancheh” and several articles such as “music and modernism”, “genius or devils”, “Kurdish dance, movements and themes”. … She has cooperated with many ensembles in concerts and recordings as soloist such as “Khorshid”, “Simorq”, “Neyestan”, “Iran national instrument orchestra”, “khonyagaran mehr”, “Chargan Quartet”, “mahtab”, “derang”, “zandvaf”… Also she has collaborated with remarkable musicians like Ahmad Pejman, Homayoun Shajarian, Farhad Fakhredini…

Her released Albums are: “Ayyaran”, “Simorq” “Zaman”, “Chargan”, “Fasle baran”, “Asemaneh”, “Az boudan o soroudan”, “Dastour Kamancheh” method in 3 cds, “Dar mohasereh”, “Hich magou”, “Suite for Qeychak and orchestra”, “Salnameh”.

Maryam Kodabakhsh:

Born in 1980 She earned B.A. from Fine Arts University of Tehran and M.A. from Tehran Art University both in oud Performance. She furthered her skills by participating in master classes of remarkable musicians such as mohammadreza ebrahimi, masou shaari, amir eslami, and sharif lotfi.

She has performed in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Malaysia, Armenia, Tajikistan … with Iranian National Orchestra and different ensembles such as Mehrnavazan, Hamsaz, Taal, Soroushan, Sepid-o Siah, …

She has also performed with orlean’s string orchestra of France as the  soloest at unesco’s event in memory of Roudaki in 2007.

She has collaborated in numerous recordings such as : Attar, Horse and Fire, Fog Throughout, The Song of Glance …

The honor of the presence of President Mr Nicos Anastasiades at INRCY Gallery