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Meehan Ensemble in Concert at De Anza College in Cupertino, California

Experience the rich heritage of Persian culture and music on July 24th with Meehan ensemble, a group with talented and accomplished music artists with deep roots in Persian classical/modern music.

Having successfully performed on numerous other occasions, Meehan ensemble will surely deliver a memorable experience on July 24th evening.

Date: July 24, 2010 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: De Anza College, Visual Performance & Arts Center
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Tickets:  May be purchased online  
Info:    (408) 813-4728

Performances are classical/modern genre and all original compositions:

Part I: Shur and Nava
· Khoosheh Ashk: Ensemble piece by Faraz Minooei
· Gedaye Bakhshesh: Song, poem by Rumi, music by Faraz Minooei
· Santur solo and Man-o-Ostad: vocal piece by Faraz Minooei on a poem by Rumi
· Chahar Mezrab: Ensemble piece by Faraz Minooei
· Karak: Song, poem by M. Akhavan Sales, music by Behfar Bahadoran
· Navaye Nahoft: Ensemble piece by Naser Sheikhzadegan
· TAle'e agar madad konad: Song, poem by Hafez, music by Behfar Bahdoran
Part II: Esfahan
· Pishdaramad: by Faraz Minooei
· Santur solo and vocal (Bayat Shiraz)
· Parvaz: Ensemble piece by Faraz Minooei
· Ghafeleh: Song. Poem by Rumi. music by Naser Sheikhzadegan
· Tar solo
· Ghiyam: Ensemble piece by Faraz Minooei
· Oud Solo
· Asheghaneh: Song, poem by Rumi, music by Naser Sheikhzadegan
· Zahi Eshgh (Hurrah, love!): Song, poem by Rumi, music by Behfar Bahadoran

Instruments: Vocals, Santur, Oud, Tar, Daf, Tonbak & percussions.

Artists' Biography:

Faraz Minooei, born in Tehran, began playing santur at the young age of nine. While studying with Behnam Mehrabi, he discovered a deep spiritual desire to study music.

Faraz received his B.A. from San Francisco State University in 2008 as a Nagle Scholar and the first World/Jazz music major with santur as his primary instrument! He later earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in music with emphasis in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from the University of California in Irvine. He is a full-time musician, indefatigable performer, composer, ethno-musicologist and teacher. Since 2006, he has lectured and performed at many universities including SFSU, UCI, UCLA, UCSC and at the Society of Ethnomusicology. He has performed with noted ensembles in the United Sates, among which was his collaboration in 2009 with Yo Yo Ma and Kayhan Kalhor in the Silk Road Ensemble, for the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Center.

Naser Sheikhzadegan remembers his childhood being surrounded with the art & music. He spent his early years exploring the fascinating world of music and self-teaching Oud and other instruments. 


This blind passion turned to a long-lasting relationship when he got the chance to study with the great masters of Classical Iranian music while living in the U.S. - great artists and teachers like Ostad Mahmoud Zolfonoun, Olstad Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Ostad Hossein Alizadeh to whom he feels that he owes it all.  At this point, all Naser wants to be able to do is to touch or inspire another soul with the soulful music of his homeland; just as others did to him.

Mehrbanou (Mima) Goodarz started developing a passion for classical Persian music at an early age. Encouraged by her supportive mother, she started her voice lessons with Master Mahmood Karimi Mrs. Afsane Rasaii at age 15.

Mehrbanou had her first performance with Oshag Ensemble in Los Angeles in 1988 and continued collaborating with the group until 1995. Currently, In addition to her work with the Meehan Ensemble, Mima is also collaborating with Emad Bonakdar, a Flamenco composer and guitar player, performing fusion of traditional Persian and Flamenco music.

Behfar Bahadoran, an accomplished musician, began his musical journey at the age of 8 by taking violin lessons from maestro Homayoun Khoram for 4 years.  He also studied daf with Arsalan Sedigh & Ramin Rahimi and started to play daf professionally when he was only 12.  At age 14, he fell in love with tar which he began to self-teach along with setar for the years to come.

Behfar has performed in numerous concerts throughout Iran as well as in Germany, Sweden and U.S.A. In 2004, he took part in a concert tour with the Hamnava Ensemble playing tar and daf. He has also performed with accomplished Iranian artists such as maestro Majid Derakhshani and Kazem Davoudian and also collaborated with other renowned musicians such as, Steve Bloom, John wubbenhorst, Dawn Avery, Thomas De Castro, Amadu Kuyate, and Faraz Minooei. In 2009, Behfar composed for and performed as part of the "Beneath the Vail" play by Mary Apick which went on stage at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Freer Gallery of Arts in the Smithsonian Institute, Palace of fine arts in San Francisco. Behfar is the founder of Pejvak Ensemble for which he has had a number of compositions and has also performed in several concerts in the Washington D.C. area

Shahin Gorgani 
was born in the Bay Area in 1988 and raised in Iran.  At the age of 15, along with his sister Nasim, he started taking lessons in instruments such as Daf & Tombak. 

Shahin also studied with H. Rezaei-nia, a Daf virtuoso who helped him develop a deep connection with the magnificent music of his homeland. ShAhin returned to U.S. in 2008 where he continued his Tombak studies with Shahab Paranj of the Shams Ensemble and also started collaborating with Meehan Ensemble.  ShAhin toured with the famed Shams Ensemble in 2009.  He feels deeply grateful to all his teachers for giving him the inspiration and for showing him the path for excellence.

Nasim Gorgani was born in the Bay Area in 1987, raised in Tehran. After graduation from high school, returned to her place of birth.

While going through early life experiences, she found spirituality as a way to become closer to the source of creation.  Playing spiritual music, especially Daf, made her experience an extraordinary sense of peace and satisfaction missing in other activities. She was fortunate to have Vandad Massahzadeh as her instructor who encouraged her to continue studying music in college.  She received her B.A. from SFSU in music with emphasis on world music and cultures in 2009. She has been studying choral music with David Xiques since 2008 and finds in an unexplainable sense of unity and completeness when performing choral music. She believes that when the soul consciously interacts with music, it feels like it is getting close to its source.

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