An original artistic performance in association with A Tale of Two Persian Carpets: The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of ArtLOS ANGELES, CA, October 26, 2009- Farhang Foundation, together with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced today the premiere of Imaginary Knots; Celebrating the Cultural Origins of Persian Carpets, taking place at LACMA's Bing Theater on November 24, 2009 at 7 p.m. Imaginary Knots is an original artistic performance and collaboration, which is presented in support of LACMA's A Tale of Two Persian Carpets: The Ardabil and Coronation exhibition at LACMA, November 14 to January 18, 2010.
About Mamak Khadem
Called "...one of the wonders of world trance music", by The Los Angeles Times, Mamak Khadem captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. Formerly of the sensational cross-cultural fusion ensemble AXIOM OF CHOICE, Mamak weaves a canopy, both simple and rich, for a stunningly emotional and spiritual musical experience that inspires new listeners to embrace cultural diversity and an awareness and appreciation of Persian arts and culture through a blending of old and new. A classically trained Persian singer, Mamak has studied her art extensively in both Iran and the United States. Inspired by her travels throughout the Middle East, Mamak Khadem's first solo album "Jostojoo (Forever Seeking)", features some of Mamak's favorite Persian poetry blended with carefully chosen melodies rooted in the traditions of Armenia, Greece, Turkey and Iran. Mamak can also be heard on numerous film and television scores, including those for the feature films The Peacemaker, Traffic, and Dracula 2000, and The Profiler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Battlestar Galactica TV series. Some of her recent performances include; Perth Concert Hall in Australia, Greek Theater Los Angeles, Smithsonian Museum, Museum of Folk Instruments in Greece, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, House of Culture in Germany and California Plaza. She resides in Los Angeles where she teaches classical Persian music as well as conducting workshops for non-musicians that incorporate singing, meditation and movement. www.mamak-khadem.com
About Hamid Saeidi
Award winning musician and composer Hamid Saeidi transcends musical categorization. Trained in the Radiff system of Persian Classical music from the age of 15, he studied santur (Persian Hammered Dulcimer) with famed Master Madjid Kiani. Saeidi's amazing technique, emotional depth and innovative improvisations led him to pursue a degree in music from The Iranian Academy of the Arts studying composition under Masters Farhad Fakhredini and Vartan Sahakian. As an internationally lauded performer, Saeidi has performed in Iran, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Turkey and the United States. He has composed music for over 30 diverse films, television programs, dance and theatrical presentations including "Javdanegi" by Farshad Fereshtehekmat, "Afsaneh Saheleh Tareek" by Reza Davari, " Letters from Tentland " by Helena Waldman and the dance presentation "Avazhick" at the celebrated Theatre Shahr in Tehran, Iran. Just recently, he completed composing the soundtrack for the film "Baran Dar Aftab" by Farshad Fereshteh Hekmat. His works have received awards at the Beirut film festival (2002), the Iran TV Festival (2002-2004-2007) and the Society of Critics of Theater in Iran (2005). Hamid Saeidi is currently touring the U.S. with world music recording artist Mamak Khadem, as well as the world-famous and award winning Turkish artist, Omar Faruk Tekbilek. www.myspace.com/hamidsaeidi
About Shida Pegahi
Shida Pegahi is a choreographer, dancer and performance artist from Iran who has studied at the National Ballet Academy of Iran and at the School of Royal Ballet in England. Starting at the age of eight, she trained extensively and rigorously in classical ballet, jazz, ethnic and the cultural traditions of Persian form. She has also studied and performed ethnic dance including the regional dances of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Armenia. Shida received her B.A. from Ohio University and performed with The West Coast Dance Company, Westside Ballet Company, Avaz International Dance Theatre and Dance Electric before founding Ney Nava Dance Theatre which has performed locally and nationally at The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Ford Amphitheatre and The Wadsworth Theatre to name a few. Shida Pegahi has taught over 2,500 students for the past 22 years at several prestigious institutions, among them the Westside Ballet and The Crossroads School where she was the head of the dance program. She is the founder and artistic Directors of Ney Nava Dance Theatre www.neynava.com and Pacific Arts Center & Dance Studios www.pacificartscenter.com.
About Dr. Jon Thompson
Dr. Jon Thompson is the May Beattie Fellow in Carpet Studies, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford directing the work of the Beattie Carpet Archive. He teaches courses on carpets and textiles of the Islamic world at Oxford and at the British Museum.
His publications include :
Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Safavid Iran 1501-1576 , edited with Sheila Canby (2003), The Nomadic Peoples of Iran edited with Richard Tapper (2002)
Carpets: From the Tents, Cottages and Workshops of Asia (1993)
Silk, Carpets and the Silk Road (1988)
Turkmen Tribal Carpets and Traditions, with Louise W. Mackie (1980).
About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate the art and culture of Iranian-Americans in its widest extent. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern Californioa. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit: www.farhang.org.
Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography-and represent Los Angeles' uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection. For more info visit: www.lacma.org.
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