San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Combining traditional music and contemporary approaches, this concert is deeply rooted and imbued with a sense of tradition but at the same time with a contemporary voice, celebrating the music of Iran and Iranian composers. In the first part, Kiana Shafiei gives a solo piano recital showcasing some of the most notable Iranian composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including André Aminollah Hossein, Behzad Ranjbaran and Alireza Mashayekhi. In the second half, a beautifully absorbing performance by Adib and Mehdi Rostami, consisting of Setar, Tombak and Kamanche builds and intensifies, stirring both the artists and listeners to become ecstatically lost in the music.
About the Artists
Kiana Shafiei is a Royal College of Music alumna, currently undertaking a PhD in Piano Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. She regularly performs in the UK and Europe, and is the recipient of several awards.
Adib Rostami started learning Tombak at a young age and has studied with Mohammad Ghodsi and Pejman Hadadi. He then studied Kamancheh with Ruzbeh Asadiyan, Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Kayhan Kalhor. Adib regularly performs including at the BBC Proms.
Mehdi Rostami studied Setar and received a BA in Music from the Sooreh Institute of Fine Arts. He and Adib Rostami formed Agrin Ensemble and launched the Reflection of Silence project to critical acclaim.
Photo credit: Kiana Shafiei © Pedro Sadio
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Nour Festival of Arts 2016
Shining light on the best of contemporary art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa in venues across Kensington and Chelsea each October and November. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining, enjoy exploring Nour Festival 2016