Saturday Oct 08. 2011 Den Haag
(a legendary supernatural bird in Persian literature)
Simorq wordt uitgevoerd door een orkest dat hoofdzakelijk bestaat uit 36 in Iran wonende muzikanten, die allen op originele Iraanse instrumenten musiceren, en zangers. Met een hoofdrol voor de internationaal bekende zanger solist Homayoun Shajarian.
Simorq is gebaseerd op het wereldberoemde Perzische heldenepos Shahnameh (het Boek der Koningen) van de dichter Ferdowsi. Dit nationale epos van en over Iran bestaat uit liefst 50.000 verzen en kan beschouwd worden als een encyclopedie over de Iraanse cultuur. Shahnameh werd 1000 jaar geleden geschreven. Het viert de overleving van de Iraanse beschaving gedurende 7000 jaar en staat synoniem voor Iraanse identiteit.
Het muzikale verhaal Simorq vertelt over Saam, de held aller helden...
HAMID MOTEBASSEM Composer & Conductor
HOMAYOUN SHAJARIAN Vocal soloist
Ney (Bamboos Flute) : PASHA HANJANI (Soloist) - Kamancheh І (bowed spike Violin), SINA JAHANABADI, (Soloist), SINA ALAM, MOSLEM ALIPOUR - Kamancheh П : SOHEIL SADEGHI, ALIREZA DARYAEI, BEHNOOSH BEHNAMNIA - Gheizhak Alto (bowed Violin): REZA ABAEE, SHIMA SHAHMOHAMMADI, SAMANEH BAROOTI - Gheizhak Bass: HAMED AFSHARI, BITA GHASEMI - Santur (Dulcimer): POUYA SARAI (Soloist) - Tar І (Long-necked lute): AZAD MIRZAPOUR (Soloist), PADIDEH AHRAR NEJAD, POUYAN BIGLAR - Tar П : CIAVASH BORHANI, SAHAR SAKHAEI, MILAD ALIPOUR - Barbat (Short-necked lute): ALI PAJOOHESHGAR (Soloist), MARJAN RAVANDI, MASOUD ABEDINI - Bam-Tar (Bass Long-necked lute) : AVA AYOUBI, JALAL AMIRPOORSAEID, TARGOL KHALIGHI - Choir soprano: SAYEH SODIFI (Soloist), GELAREH VAZIRIZADEH, SAEEDEH GHAZI - Choir Tenor: MAZYAR YOUNESI, NIMA KHADEMLOU, MAHYAR TAHMASBI - Percussion: SINA KHOSHKBIJARI, AFSHIN BABAEI, MAJID VATANIAN
Saturday Oct 08. 2011/ 08:00 pm
Den Haag Dr. Anton Philipszaal
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Summary of the epic journey
Before Sam, the son of Neriman and hero of heroes in Iran, could rejoice in the birth of his son Zaal, he noticed that the little boy, who was as handsome as the sun, had white hair! No one dared say to Sam that his beautiful wife had brought a child into the world who was an old man. Sam was dreadfully afraid that he would be the laughingstock of everyone. He gave orders to have his child taken far away from this country.
The child was carried to a mountain named Mount Alborz, where he was left all alone, abandoned. The legendary bird Simorq had her nest there, preferring to stay far away from civilization. Simorq's young ones were hungry, so the powerful bird set off in search of food. Soaring high in the sky, she spotted the child. She snatched the boy up with her talons and brought him to the top of Mount Alborz where she had her nest. A sense of pity inspired by God kept her from devouring the child. She decided to raise him with her young ones, who lavished him with exquisite tenderness.
When the child grew up, he became a hero who was like a giant cypress tree, sending forth sounds that resonated over the world. Sam, son of Neriman, heard news of this young man who was so brilliant and glorious. Racked with remorse, he set off accompanied by fleet white horses to find his son.
With a hero's heart, Zaal utterly forgave his father and they made a magnificent return home. It would not be long before Zaal left for Kaboulistan, where the ardent love of Roodabeh awaited him...
Translated from the French by Jody Freeman
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