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Music For Peace by a Persian Composer

By Pejman Akbarzadeh (Source: CHN)

Suite for Peace is the latest work of the Virginia-based Persian (Iranian) composer Ahmad Nadimi that recently released as a 67-mintue CD in the United States.

The CD includes 4 pieces entitled "Shepherd's Dream", "Longing", "Heart of Love" and "Suite for Peace" which have been arranged and conducted by Shardad Rohani for orchestra that performed by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Vocal parts of the pieces have been sang by the Japanese mezzo-soprano Emiko Nadimi (the composer's wife), Ney and synthesizer played by Khosro Soltani and Ahmad Nadimi. In a few parts composer has added folk instruments from Persia, India, Tibet, African countries and children's choir to the orchestra.

In the first piece "Shepherd's Dream", composer's old memories from his birthplace in the forever green province of Mazandaran in northern Persia (Iran), have inspired him to write a nostalgic work in the Persian mode of "Dashti" for Ney and orchestra. In other pieces there is no attempt to make a connection with Persian music. "I do not address just Persians, it's a global message" Nadimi says, "This composition, as a dialogue of four pieces, emerges as an offering-to the blossoming of love and the truth of humanity. Inspired by nature, longing, and divine love, each piece carries a unique expression of beauty, which can manifest as harmony within and out in the universe. And so, this work is comprised of distinct moods that express the challenges that lay on the path to discovering peace."

Ahmad Nadimi was born in 1949 and at the age of 12 entered the Tehran Conservatory of Music to study trumpet. For a few years he played at the Tehran Symphony and Opera Orchestras and in 1971 he won a scholarship for higher studies in the Versailles Conservatory of Music. Alongside of studying, he played at Paris Opera and thought in some music schools in this city. In 1987 Nadimi moved to the US. He has performed a few concerts in the US including a benefit concert for Kurdish refugees during the Persian Gulf war and creation of a new synthesis of New age and Middle Eastern music with Mohammad-Reza Lotfi, well-known Persian classical musician.

Suite for Peace can be ordered at:


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