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Persian Piano Music in US

By Pejman Akbarzadeh (Member of Artists Without Frontiers), Tehran

A new album by Guity Adjoodani, the Persian (Iranian) pianist residing in the US has recently been released under the title "Journey to Iran."

The album contains twenty Persian folk songs from different parts of Persia, four other pieces, "Prelude," "Jila Fantasia," "Golden Dreams," [Khaab-haa-ye Talaayi] and "Isfahan Rhapsody " composed by Javad Maroufi (1915-1992) and the famous song "Kiss me" [Maraa Bebous] by Majid Vafadar (1912-1975).

Most of the folk songs recorded in this album are based on a four volume book, "Persian Folk Songs for Piano" arranged by the Tehran-based composer Siavash Beyzai who teaches composition at the Art University; but two of the songs together with Majid Vafadar's song were arranged for piano by Adjoodani herself. On the other hand, Javad Maroufi's pieces were largely performed according to his own arrangement, but in a more balanced and harmonic way.

Guity Adjoodani was born in 1946 in Tehran and started to play the piano at the age of five, under the instruction of Khadijeh Sedghi (Behboud). When seven, her family immigrated to America where she finished her Master degree at Boston Conservatory. She also has a diploma in performance from New England Conservatory.

She performed several concerts in Persia (Iran) just before the onset of the Revolution, including a concert with NIRT Chamber Orchestra at Shiraz/Persepolis Arts Festival.

Although the great part of Guity Adjoodani's musical activity has been in the field of Western Classical Music, but in her new album she has turned to Persian Music.

On the reason for this sudden change, Adjoodani told me: "The main reason of my sudden attraction to Persian Music goes back to my trip to Persia, three years ago. Together with my relatives, I visited many Persian historical sites and all of a sudden I told myself, I have dedicated my whole life to Western Classical Music, while it is the Persian blood flowing in my veins. I wonder why I never tried to do anything with the music of my native land! Immediately, I felt a deep enchantment toward Persian Music. Perhaps I was trying to return to my roots through music. At the same time I also felt this urge to introduce this music to foreigners who knew nothing about our music. Thereby, I first tried to arrange a few pieces for piano myself, but when I discovered Siavash Beyzai's voluminous work "Persian Folk Songs for Piano," I found them so beautifully arranged that I thought I can use them instead. In fact Beyzai's work helped me tremendously in this way."

(English Translation: Roya Monajem; Edited by Pejman Akbarzadeh)

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