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NOORSAAZ Band and Soprano Monika Jalili to Give Unique Paris Concert on 28th of October

Paris Report By Darius KADIVAR

Concert in Paris, France
Saturday, October 28th 2006 at 19.00
Maison des Cultures du Monde

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Tickets will be sold at the box office and around Paris for 22 Euros. Students with valid student card may purchase tickets for 15 Euros. A valid student card must be presented at theatre.

You may purchase tickets in advance here online for 25 US Dollars online .

Tickets will be held for you at the door under the name on the credit card used or the PayPal account that is used.

Seating is limited. If seats are oversold, purchases will be refunded.

Maison des Cultures du Monde

101, boulevard Raspail

75006 PARIS (France)

Téléphone : (33) 01 45 44 72 30
Télécopie : (33) 01 45 44 76 60


About Noorsaaz :

NoorSaaz is an exciting ensemble based in New York City. These accomplished musicians are experienced in performing music from many areas of the world. Monika Jalili, singer and founder, created the ensemble to perform the music of pre-revolution Iran. The word, "NoorSaaz", in Persian, is a combination of "Noor" meaning "light" and "Saaz" meaning both "creator" and "musical instrument." The group uses various instruments to create Persian music with a western approach.


Monika Jalili's sincere and touching interpretations, combined with her pure voice, have moved audiences across the globe. She has been praised by Americans and Iranians alike:
"I feel that your voice penetrates to the soul. " -Parvaneh (Shiraz)
"I was fascinated by your beautiful and crystal clear voice. It is the voice of a nightingale."-Neda, (Tehran)
"You were singing a folk Persian song more beautifully than the original one"--Rasoul (Tehran)


The musicians have appeared at venues such as the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Lotus World Music Festival, Art Institute of Chicago, Rockefeller Center, Symphony Space, Trinity Church Wall Street, UC Davis, Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach), Satalla, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lincoln Center, Wortham Center (Houston), University of Washington (Kane Hall), University of Illinois, Javits Center, Shubert Theatre (New Haven), and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. They have also performed in Europe, Dubai, Russia, Asia and the Ukraine. They have performed for and been interviewed on BBC Radio, KIRN (Iranian Radio), Radio France Internationale, CFMB (Montreal), CHIN (Ottawa), CKCU (Ottawa), Iranian Television, NPR, WFMU, PBS, NBC, Bravo, and IFC.

They have performed with such people as Aref (Iranian pop singer), Alim Qasimov (Azerbaijani Mugham singer), the Naghmeh Ensemble (a London-based Iranian Classical Ensemble), Frank London (Klezmatics), Allen Ginsburg, Steve Allen, Smokey Hormel (Beck, Tom Waits), John Mellencamp, and Yehudi Menuhin.

Monika Jalili: NoorSaaz is proud to have the creative contribution of the great music producer Jamshied Sharifi.

Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, as well as lyrics in Persian, English and French, the artists of NoorSaaz combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music. In this spirit of exploration, NoorSaaz aspires to create understanding through an appreciation of the beauty of Iranian culture.

Recommended Reading :

 - The Sound of Music: Monika Jalili and Noorsaaz's Remembrance of Things Past... :

- A Concert Heard Round the World: Monika Jalili and NoorSaaz Return by Nicole Seiferth:

About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian and Columnist of the OCPC Magazine USA. He operates as Paris based Head of PR & Press for
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