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Iranian women band Rozaneh to tour Europe

The all-female band Rozaneh is to give Iranian traditional music concerts in Geneva, Switzerland on September 13 and 14, the Asia House cultural center of Spain announced on Monday.

Parvin Javdan, Zohreh Bayat, Bita Qasemi, Golnaz Khazeii, Bahareh Mir Moqtadaii, and Nastaran Kimiaii are the members of the group.



The band will be doing a musical tour of Europe sponsored by ILLA, an association which introduces the culture and promotes the artists of Iran in Europe. ILLA is named after a hero in Ferdowsi's epic Shahnameh.


The band performed Iranian traditional music in Barcelona, Paris, and Brussels a few years ago.


Iranian traditional music concerts have been received warmly in Europe in recent years.


Poster by Reza Abedini


The six women of the Iranian Ensemble Rozaneh  interpret mystical poets. The two singers were trained in " Avaz ", the classical vocal répertoire, by the great Master Sharam Nazeri. Interviewed at length, they do not speak on the condition of women artists in their country.  But they proclaim their admiration for the Sufi poet Rumi.  "He is my master, my physician and my source of inspiration.  He teaches me about life, death, love, pain and joy", says Zohreh.  Thus the luminous freedom of their sweet voices, wide, full, slightly trembling,  sing "O God, bestow upon me a heart as vast as the sea".

13-14 September 2005 at 20:00H
Salle Centrale de la Madeleine
10 rue de la Madeleine
1204 Geneve
Parvin Javdan
Zohreh Bayat
Bita Ghassemi(kamancheh)
Golnaz Khazei (daf)
Bahareh Mirmoghtadei (tonbak)
Nastaran Kimiavi (tar)

Parvin Javdan (Vocals)
Parvin was born in Tehran. At the age of 15 she went to study in the U.K., where she graduated in philosophy at London University. In 1980 she returned to Iran and started learning Avaz with Master Shahram Nazeri. Some years later, she took up setar with Master Jalal Zolfonun. After forming Rozaneh Group together with Zohreh Bayat in 2000, she has been giving concerts in different parts of Europe, releasing and recording CDs. She also teaches Avaz.

Zohreh Bayat (Vocals)
Zohreh was born in Tehran and studied Avaz with Master Shahram Nazeri. She has a degree in Persian Literature. After forming the Rozaneh Group together with Parvin Javdan in 2000 she has given concerts in different parts of Europe, releasing and recording CD's. She has been teaching Avaz for many years.

Since the formation of the Rozaneh Group in 2000, Parvin Javdan and Zohreh Bayat have released a CD and given various concerts in different European cities. They have recently finished the recording of a soon-to-be-released CD.

Bita Ghassemi (Kamancheh)
Bita was born in 1977 in Tehran and started learning to play kamancheh with Master Ali Akbar Shekarchi. She graduated in music at the University of Tehran. She has played in many groups and has accompanied well known musicians and vocalists such as Hengameh Akhavan , Tolui and Behruzi Nia. Since 2001 she has played in all the concerts and recordings of the Rozaneh Group.

Nastaran Kimiavi (Tar)
Nastaran was born in 1981 in Tehran. She started learning to play the Tar at the age of 10 and later went to the Tehran Music lnstitute (Honarestane Musughi) where she completed the intermediate level with masters such as Hemmati and Zarif. Later she went to university to complete her studies in music. At this stage she learned tar with Master Talai, Master Pirniakan and Master Alizadeh. She graduated in 2003. Apart from giving tar recitals and playing in the Rozaneh Group she has been teaching Orff to children since 2001.

Bahareh Mirmoghtadei (Tonbak)
Bahareh was born in 1981 in Tehran. She started learning tonbak at the age of 4 with Master Morteza Aayan and later with Master Esmaili. She was among the best students of Ustad Esmaili and has accompanied some of the best musicians of Iran such as Ustad Musavi and Ustad Shahnaz. Apart from tonbak, Bahareh plays the piano and tar. She graduated in music at Tehran University.

Golnaz Khazei (Daf)
Golnaz was born in Tehran in 1983. She started her musical training in santur at the age of 10. Some years later she took up daf with Master Mehrdad Karim Khavari. She has done research on the different styles of daf playing among the Kurds of Iran and Iraq. When she was 18 she was chosen as the second best santur and daf player of Iran in a national music festival. She has participated in many concerts inside and outside of Iran. At the moment she teaches daf and santur at the same time as studying music at university.

Video of Rozaneh and further information is available at ILLA's web site.


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