Iranian composer Kaykhosro Pournazeri and his
classical Shams Ensemble will tour the United States this month, with concerts
scheduled in San
Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
Before the 1979 Iranian revolution, which ushered in
more conservative guidelines regulating music, the Iranian composer enjoyed a
career in traditional Persian music. Even when the incoming Islamic regime
thwarted his musical aspirations, Pournazeri said he never gave up hope.
After the revolution, Pournazeri founded the Shams
Ensemble, which is a musical group that performs traditional Persian, mystic
Sufi, and Kurdish music with the tanbour (a stringed instrument), daf (frame
drum), and percussion instruments. It was Pournazeri's vision to bring back the
lost art of the tanbour by introducing other musical instruments while playing
The composer also worked actively for the rights of
women in the music industry. Shams Ensemble was among the groups active in
working for freedom of women's voices in Iran.
Thirty years later, Pournazeri and the Shams
Ensemble are scheduling a U.S. tour that is being promoted by TangoDiva.com, a
women's social network that connects women from around the world.
"Rumi is my favorite poet, and I am so impressed
with Mr. Pournazeri's commitment to women and young talent, I know these
concerts are sure to be magical," said Teresa Rodriguez Williamson, founder of
The Shams Ensemble, which has performed at over 300
international venues, will perform in San Francisco October 5, New York City
October 11, Washington D.C. October 12, and Los Angeles October 25. Their
concerts are dedicated to the mystic and meaningful poetry of Rumi with a theme
of innovation, evolution, and peace.For more information visit
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