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    اساتید موسیقی ایران


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    (Wikipedia) - Masters of Persian Music Masters of Persian Music Origin Genres Labels Associated acts Notable instruments
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    • Delawaz Records
    • World Village
    • Aref Ensemble
    • Hamavayan Ensemble
    • The Silk Road Ensemble
    kemenche, tar, tonbak

    Masters of Persian Music is a Persian classical music ensemble (or "supergroup") founded in 2000 by four internationally recognized ustāds (masters) of the genre: vocalist Mohammad-Reza Shajarian; composer-musicians Hossein Alizâdeh and Kayhan Kalhor; and M. R. Shajarian''s son, multi-instrumentalist singer Homayoun Shajarian.

    The ensemble formed with a view to touring North America (where Kayhan Kalhor has lived for much of his adult life). Although not all of the four had collaborated together previously, M. R. Shajarian had worked with Kahlor and Alizâdeh. In 1998 he sang for a studio album called Night, Silence, Desert, which Kahlor produced. He also sang the score that Alizâdeh composed for Ali Hatami''s historical drama Del Shodegan (1992). Both albums were published on Delawaz Records, a label Shajarian started for the preservation of Persian classical singing.

    Kalhor saw the group as cultural ambassadors. The first tour began in early 2001; however, due to visa difficulties, Alizâdeh missed the first nine of the 18 performances, and the other members had to play without him. Nevertheless, the success of the tour led to another in 2002 (organized by the World Music Institute), and a third in 2005. During this period, they released three live albums: Zemestan ast ("It''s Winter") in 2001, Bi to be sar nemishavad ("Without You") in 2002, and the double album Faryad ("The Cry") in 2003.

    It''s Winter (Persian: زمستان است‎) is a recording of the ensemble''s first concert in California in 2001. The second album, Without You, was a nominee for the Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album in the 46th Annual Grammy Awards. Faryad was nominated in 2005, after the ensemble''s third North American tour. 2005 also saw the release of Hamnava ba Bam, a DVD video of the ensemble''s 2003 memorial and benefit concert in Tehran, which raised relief funds for survivors of the 2003 Bam earthquake. In 2007, Delawaz Records published the ensemble''s two final live albums: Saz-e-khamoush (Persian: ساز خاموش‎) and Soroode-e-mehr (Persian: سرود مهر‎ "October Song"). Between the concert tours, the members also continued to perform and record with other artists.

    Hossein Alizâdeh and Kayhan Kalhor toured North America again in 2010, this time with a younger generation of performers. They were billed as "Masters of Persian Music: Three Generations". This new, expanded ensemble included Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh (voice), Fariborz Azizi (bass tar), Siamak Jahangiry (ney), Pezhham Akhavass (tonbak), and Rouzbeh Rahimi (santur). Kalhor saw a need to reach out to younger Iranian musicians, since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 created a "generational divide" by widely barring music practice and performance, thus driving many musicians of the older generation out of the country. But the original lineup is also multi-generational: In 2005, M.R. Shajarian was age 62, Alizadeh 52, Kalhor 40, and H. Shajarian 28. Kalhor says that Iranians see the group as a symbol of continuity in the culture''s traditions.

    Contents
    • 1 Tours of North America
    • 2 See also
    • 3 References
    • 4 External links
    • 5 Further reading

    Tours of North America City 2001 2002 2005 2010
    Atlanta ? ? 10 March 26 February
    Austin ? 18 October ? ?
    Berkeley 10 February ? 27 February 13 February
    Boston 4 March date missing 12 March 19 February
    Chicago ? ? 20 March 23 February
    Cleveland ? date missing 18 March 20 February
    Durham 2 March 11 October ? ?
    Honolulu ? ? 1–2 March ?
    Irvine ? ? ? 12 February
    Ithaca ? date missing ? ?
    Los Angeles ? ? 26 February 10 February
    New York City 24 February date missing 6, 13 March 18 February
    Portland 9 February ? ? ?
    San Francisco ? date missing N/A ?
    Saratoga ? ? 24 February 14 February
    Toronto ? ? 18 February 5 February
    Vancouver ? date missing 20 February ?
    Washington, D.C. 25 February ? 5 March 28 February

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