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Persian Music Reverberates in New York at Spring Vernal Equinox

By Davood Rahni, White Plains (March 21, 2015)

Monika Jalili and her Persian music group Noorsaaz

Exhilaratingly transfixed by the Persian music, the audience ascended into introspective trance and awe, thereby transcending borders, cultures, histories, minds and bodies at the ArtsWestchester in White Plains New York Saturday night. In an induced intoxicating ambiance filled with humanity, humility, modesty, sincerity, solidarity and camaraderie, the trio players Megan Gould violin, Ilusha Tsinadze  guitar, and Rich Stein percussion, accompanied the Soprano Monika Jalili’s rendition of nostalgic Persian (a few song in English and French) songs some dating back hundreds of years, which mesmerized the audience.  Persian spiritual poetry as Rumi’s, focusing on life, nature, love, loss, sorrow and melancholy were performed harmoniously. Monika’s performance peaked when she rendered Jaane Maryam, an ancient folkloric melody she had sung with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (timed at 31’51”) earlier in March. The stage set right outside the grand vault of the old bank building with its heavy circular steel door ajar, conjured up in mind the nest of a quarto birds who had dared emerging just for a short colorful juncture to chirp love songs at the spring vernal equinox. In addition, Nazanin Hedayat Monroe showcased her exquisitely arranged fine art, the integration of Hafez Persian poetry pages stringed to a symbolic human statute seeking guidance in life.

The actively engaged diverse spectators, celebrated the arrival of spring Nowruz, the Persian New Year with music and indulging on Persian finger meals, while sipping Persian tea.

The program themed Crossing he Boarders in Performance that spans March through May in commemoration of fifty year anniversary of the art center was in part supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. One could procure CDs at Monika’s website. It is the best Nowruz gift you have ever given to your loved ones and friends.

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