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Music Workshop in London: The Beauty of Classical and Contemporary Persian Music


This course, organized by Centre for Iranian Studies, will introduce students, laymen and connoisseurs of world music into the vibrant living tradition of both contemporary Iranian music and classical Persian music. Topics addressed will include Persian poetry and music, the theory and practice of Persian music, classical Persian music's historical background, music in the Islamic Republic of Iran today, and the use and influence of the internet on the development and diffusion of twenty-first century Persian music. Lectures will be accompanied by both live musical performances as well as recorded audio and video illustrations.    

Date: 31 March 2012, 9:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, London
Type of Event: Workshop

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Course fee: £50/30 concessions.

Please register early to avoid disappointment. To register online please visit the SOAS Online Store.


Convened by Jane Lewisohn, Research Associate, Music Department, SOAS

Time Event
9:30 Registration: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
10:00 Iranian Female Performers: Past and Present
Parmis Mozafari, Independent Scholar
11:20 Coffee
11:40 The History and Practice of Daramad, Pishdaramad, Charmezrab and Furud in Persian Art Music
Maziar Sadri,Vocalist & Independent Scholar; Raja Mohammadi, Violin, Ali Torshizi, Goblet Drum
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Correspondences Between Poetic Meters and Rhythms in Classical Persian Music
Hossein Elahe-Ghomshei, Celebrated Iranian Orator and Author; Veria Amiri, Tar, Adib Rostami, Goblet Drum
15:20 Coffee
15:40 Techniques of Classical Persian Singing: A Demonstration and Discussion of avaz, javab-e avaz, tahrir and tarana in Persian Art Music
Veria Amiri, Musicologist & tar player with Samin Haydari, Vocals; Adib Rostami Kamanche and Goblet Drum
17:00 Flowers of Persian Song and Music: Demonstration of the Golha Website and Digitalization Project
Jane Lewisohn, Music Department, SOAS
17:20 Close

Organiser: Centre for Iranian Studies
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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4330
Sponsor: Iran Heritage Foundation

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