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Persian Arts Festival 2018: November 30th in Brooklyn, New York


Source: Persian Arts Festival, Brooklyn, New York

A mystical way to ring in the holiday season as well as Yalda (the winter solstice), the evening will begin with Persian poetry curated by Roger Sedarat and special guests, and then launch into the main event, Aida Shahghasemi with a full band.

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Musicians featured: 

Aida Shahghasemi - Vocals / Songwriter (listen to music clips)
Nima Hafezieh - Piano
Eric Allen - Cello
Armin Antiquechian - Acoustic Guitar
Pier Pappalardo - Bass Guitar
Danial Yousef Tehrani - Setar
Yahya Alkhansa - Drums

Reflect on 2018 with us and set your intentions for a beautiful year ahead. This event is sponsored, in part, by the greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council. Event partners also include Brooklyn Music School, East by Middle East, and Ekbatan Productions.

Doors open at 7pm
Brooklyn Music School
126 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Refreshments and Beverages will be available for purchase for more information

About Aida Shaghasemi

Aida Shahghasemi is a Minneapolis based vocalist and musician. She studied Psychology and Anthropology at University of Minnesota with a focus on the restrictions of the voices of female vocalists in Iran, where she was born and raised until the age of thirteen. She received her Masters degree from New York University in Art and Public Policy, exploring her interests in the intersection of art and socio-political movements. She has worked with different New York and Minnesota based social justice art organizations and has served as an assistant director at Hamline University's Making Waves Social Justice Theatre Troupe. She is a recipient of 2017 McKnight music fellowship.

About Roger Sedarat

Author of four poetry books including just released Haji as Puppet: An Orientalist Burlesque, (Word Works. 2017). Winner of 2016 Tenth Gate Prize for Mid-Career Poets, Leslie McGrath, judge and just released Foot Faults: Tennis Poems (David Robert Books, 2016). Also, author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio University Press's Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011).

Roger teaches creative writing (poetry and literary translation) in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York, he teaches and writes on such academic interests as 19th and 20th century American literature as well as Middle Eastern-American literature. Currently, Roger is working toward translating a full-length collection of ghazals by the 14th century Sufi Persian poet, Hafez.

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