Author and Monika Jalili ©Reza Jalili
that gathered at the Maison des Cultures du Monde at the Bld Raspail was
as Cosmopolitan as the Band that was about to perform for a unique concert in
into Shahrokh Golestan who acknowledges my smile and I introduce him to Mom. The
well known Journalist of the BBC who had filmed the Shah's coronation and the
Noorsaaz Ensemble and photographer Aydin Salehi© Aydin Salehi
Americans and Shirazis used
to hang around in the Khiabouneh Zand and Cinema Aryana's Discoteque was one of
the most best frequented nightclubs in town. Mom and Mr. Golestan spoke about
the common acquaintances in
recognized some of the Band Members of the Noorsaaz Ensemble like the Very Tall
and beautiful Megan
all of whom were to make headlines a year ago on the internet thanks to a
breathtaking performance at the NY Trinity Church that was broadcast on the
internet. They had just arrived from
Noorsaaaz on Stage © Aydin Salehi
As everyone moved to their
seats and chatted, I could feel that everyone was kind of excited to hear and
see Noorsaaz Perform their first live concert in
Then we got to see the Band arrive on stage and followed by the beautiful Cherry lipped and few months pregnant Monika Jalili. Everyone applauded and waited for them to get into the mood.
Noorsaaaz album signed by Monika Jalili © Aydin Salehi
What can I say other that the Band played marvellously well and that we were all took by the magic of the moment so superbly recreated by this All American Band. Monika showed no signs of fatigue despite her pregnancy and the Band was anything but Jet Lagged by their trip all the way from NY to Budapest and then to Paris. I got to sneak into Monika's Lounge and meet her and her Band members during the break halfway through the Concert. I offered Monika a bouquet of Roses and wished her and her husband Reza all the best for the new expected child.
Crowd at La Maison des Cultures Du Monde © Aydin Salehi
beautiful folksongs succeeded to one another and the audience was genuinely
charmed by the performance. Three Standing Ovations and Cheers of BRAVO's
followed confirming if needed of the Band's increasing popularity. I was seated
in between my French Mother and several Iranian young ladies when I noticed that
tears of joy and emotion were spilling from these ladies eyes. Some were not
even born when the Revolution took place. A young actress who was studying Drama
Relaxing after concert © Aydin Salehi
What Noorsaaz communicates is an Axis of Joy. They are the living proof that a Dialogue of Civilizations are indeed possible between the West and the East and that the rich Persian Culture is also Universal and that it belongs to all mankind.
Thank You Noorsaaz for reminding us of who we were and are!
An Axis of Joy: Reza and Monika Jalili © Aydin Salehi
Here are some photos taken during and after the concert by photographer Aydin Salehi who managed to capture some of that magical night's atmosphere. After the Concert Noorsaaz invited me and their friends and fans to a quaint French Restaurant to celebrate their success. I think Parisians will look forward to seeing them again.
Recommended Listening: Radio Zamaneh coverage of Paris Concert and Reactions
- Les Perses
Sassanides, Fastes d'un empire oubliť (15
September-30th of December 2006) : Amazing exhibition on the Last
Pre-Islamic Persian Dynasty at the
- East Meets West at Exhibition Venise et L'Orient ( 3rd Oct 2006-18th of February 2007) at L'institut du Monde Arab in association of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian and Media Consultant
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