It is cold and the pollution is terrible yet still there are some positive events that take place here in Tehran that make you get out of the house and challenge the horrendous evening or afternoon traffic in the hope of finding something to enlighten our lives.
Recently I went to two concerts; one was at the Austrian Cultural Center where Mr. Shahrokh Khajenouri played for us his piano composition "A Game of Chess" which, as the note that was handed over to the audience stated, the composition (improvisation) was mainly derived from indirect motifs of Mendelssohn's Italian symphony, Chopin's Marche Funebre as well as Schumann, Liszt, Schubert etc. The note went on to say this about the work: "It is a fantasy piece that evokes what might have happened if these composers and/or ideas were to have met on one particular occasion ......." Well indeed it was a daring and major undertaking, my friend and I found the music good and the interpretation interesting; but then it went on and on and on; it was rather too long, but the atmosphere was friendly and pleasant and the chairs comfortable. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me on that occasion, so I am showing you the photo that was on the programme.
Next stop, the Niavaran Cultural Center and this time it was a pop-rock music band; and what a mixture of musicians and instruments. The concert was a programme by Henrik Nagy who not only plays good guitar but sings and composes his music too. He is Swedish and comes from a musical family and in recent times has moved to Iran with his wife and has managed to form the band in Iran.
In his work Henrik tries to bring about and "absorb the spirit of oriental music and poetry in the part of the world that he considers cradle of these art forms." He also interprets Khayam and his poems. The music was pretty good for most of the songs, and obviously some were more enchanting than others. However I found his message of "life is good and we must appreciate everything that is good therein all the time" rather wishy washy as he is too young to have experienced a deep sense of what life and living is/can be supposed to be about. We enjoyed our time but I just wished he would not give us any explanations on the messages that the songs had or were about. The program was in two parts and in all lasted about 100 minutes.
The players were:
Reza Abaee: Qeychak - a most interesting instrument; which I was told belongs to the eastern parts of Iran and Afghanistan
Pasha Hanjani: Ney - it was fantastic
Darshan Anand: Tabla - I enjoyed his haal - mood and feel as he was tapping on Ramin Behna: Keyboard
Peter Akoup: Bass - he played well and also enjoyed doing so too
Yahya Al-Khansa: Drum
... Payvand News - 3/3/05 ... --