The Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston will host Mastan Ensemble and Homay Concert in Houston on September 4, 2009 at Stafford Centre performing Arts Theater. For more information visit www.icfhouston.org or call (713) 213-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mastan Ensemble is an Iranian musical group performing traditional Persian music. The group was founded first as Hafez Ensemble in 2005 by Saeid (Saeed) Jafarzadeh Ahmad Sargoorabi, later known as Homay. Homay was born 1979 in the Northern Iranian state of Gilan by the Caspian Sea. He graduated college with a Music degree and specialized in playing setar and piano. In Voice, he was a student of maestros Fereydoon Poor-Reza, Seyed Kamaleddin Abbasi, Hengameh Akhavan. Karim Saleh Azimi, and in Persian literature and lyrics, a student of Aligholi Mahmoudi Bakhtiari, Habib Nabavi, Mahmoud Tayyari and Dadbeh Bahremand.
The group's performance follows a Persian tradition of music making known as Chāmeh Sarā'i (چامه سرایی) according to which one person is in charge of writing the poems, composing the musics, arranging the instruments as well as singing the songs. The instruments employed by this Ensemble include Daf, Dayereh, Kamāncheh, Lute, Reed, Robab, Santour, Tār and Tonbak. The Mastān Ensemble derive their inspirations from such Sufi poets as Farid ad-Din Attar, Hafez and Rumi. The performances of this Ensemble are rhythmic, uplifting and mesmerizing and the lyrics are thoughtful and philosophical.
The Group's members during the European-American Tour 2009:
Saeid Jafarzadeh (Parvaz Homay): Singer, Poet & Composer
Sina Jahanabadi: Kamancheh
Mohammad (Pasha) Hanjani: Ney
Azad Mirzapour: Tar
Ali Pajuheshgar: Oud
Alireza Mehdizadeh: Gheychak
Mahmood Nozari (Ghaziyani): Santur
Sahab Torbati: Tombak
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