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Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra in Glendale and Los Angeles


On November 3-4, 2007, the Persian Ney master Khosrow Soltani and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, will perform the west coast premiere of Toward that Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra by the Persian composer and Carnegie Mellon University professor Reza Vali. 


Reza Vali


Toward that Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra was written for Khosrow Soltani and dedicated to the memory of Mr. Soltani's wife, Farzaneh Navai who passed away in 2004.


The title and the content of the work are inspired by a poem by the 20th century Persian mystic poet Sohrab Sepehri:


I must depart tonight.

Taking a suitcase

the size of my loneliness,

I must go

where the mythical trees are in sight.

Toward that endless plain

that always

is calling me to itself.


The concerto consists of a prelude and three movements.   The second and the third movements are connected through an interlude.  Throughout the concerto, the solo Ney characterizes "the seeker" (Slek or R hro in Persian), while the orchestra embodies the environment of the seeker (V di in Persian).


The musical material of the composition is entirely derived from Persian traditional music. The tuning, rhythm, form, as well as polyphonic constructions relate to the Persian modal system, the Dstgh.


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Saturday, November 3, 2007

8:00 P.M.

Alex Theatre

216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

Sunday, November 4, 2007,

7:00 P.M.

Royce Hall

Royce Dr. & Sunset Blvd.

Westwood, CA 90024


For ticket information please contact Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra:

707 Wilshire Blvd #1850

Los Angeles, CA 90017

213 622 7001


About the Persian ney:
A forerunner of the modern flute, the ney has been played continuously for 4,500-5,000 years, making it one of the oldest instruments still in use. Depictions of ney players appear in wall paintings in the Egyptian pyramids, and actual neys have been found in the excavations at Ur.

The ney consists of a hollow cane or reed (Ney is the old Persian word for reed)with finger holes. More modern neys may be made of metal.

Its compelling sound, unlike that of any other wind instrument, comes from the unique way it is blown. The upper edge of the ney is placed between the two upper front teeth,
inside the mouth. A small stream of air is directed with the tongue, and the upper lip surrounds the upper part of the ney.

Moving the lip and tongue changes the pitch and tone quality. This technique is very difficult to learn, but once mastered, gives great control over the timbre.-Kees van den Doel

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