List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2007-01-12

    Sufi Music of Iran

    Los Angeles Friday - January 12, 2007     08:00 PM

    Combining classical Persian music with innovative world music techniques, the Lian Ensemble has evolved from a traditional, Sufi-style ensemble to an increasingly bolder fusion group. Often vocalizing the poetry of Rumi, Hafez and other classic poets, Lian's repertoire alters from the meditative to the ecstatic, with occasional forays into an almost jazz-like groove. Lian Ensemble was established in 1997 by Pirayeh Pourafar, Houman Pourmehdi and Mahshid Mirzadeh. The group has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally and has had a profound influence on Persian music in Iran and in diaspora.



    Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times noted, "Lian Ensemble is a gifted group with completive compositions and virtuosic performances."

    Their January 12th program features new compositions and improvisations drawing on the rich heritage of Persian classical and mystical music, as well as contemporary and ancient Sufi poetry.

    The line-up features:

    Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

    Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Percussion

    Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

    Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocal

    Randy Gloss, Percussion

    Andrew Grueschow, Percussion

    Austin Wrinkle, Percussion



    Lian Ensemble in Concert:

    Friday 12 January 2006 @ 8 pm

    St Matthews Church

    1031 Bienvenida Ave

    Pacific Palisades 90272



    admission $25 at the door from 7:30 pm

    with generous support from private sponsors and St Matthews Church



    (310) 573-7787 ext 4



    (310) 395-0718



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