List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-06-01

    Classical Persian Music - Lian Ensemble

    Los Angeles Sunday - June 1, 2008     07:30 PM

    The Lian Ensemble

    Classical Persian Music

    featuring the stunning vocalist

    ~ Bahram Bajelan ~

    Lian Ensemble:

    Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

    Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

    Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

    Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

    An inspirational evening of Classical Persian music

    Date: Saturday May 31, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday June 1st , 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

    Location: Mount St. Mary’s College

    Address: 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    (Sunset Blvd. north on Bundy Avenue, parallel to Sepulveda/405 Freeway)

    Admission: $50

    Tickets are available at: Music Box

    Q Market

    Ticket information: 310-477-8617

    For more info about the Lian Ensemble

    Zarbang in Toronto

    Ontario - Toronto Sunday - June 1, 2008     08:00 PM

    Zarbang perform at the Imperial Oil Auditorium, Ontario Science Centre.

    770 Don Mils Rd (at corner of Eglinton Ave East)

    Toronto, Ontario


    Presented by Smallworld Music

    (647) 219-4833

    Tickets sold at:

    Pegah Books 416 223 0850

    Pars Video 416 512 2414


    Ontario - Toronto Sunday - June 1, 2008     08:00 PM


    "Strunz and Farah have distinguished themselves as two of the planet's most gifted acoustic guitarists." - Guitar Player

    Strunz and Farah, performing together since 1980, have created an entirely new expression for the acoustic guitar. From Costa Rica and Iran respectively, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah have brought the cultural riches of their native lands to their highly virtuosic, rhythmic, and improvisation-rich original instrumental compositions, profoundly influencing guitarists the world over. Their meeting in 1979 marked the first time that Latin American and Middle Eastern music came together on the guitar.

    Jorge Strunz was born into a Costa Rican family with lineage including a past Costa Rican president on one side and one of Sim�ol�r's favorite lieutenants on the other. Given his first guitar at age 6 in Costa Rica, he grew up in Colombia, Mexico, Spain, England and Canada, studying and playing flamenco and classical guitar, later incorporating jazz, Afro-Latin and Latin American folk forms. He played flamenco guitar professionally, accompanying Spanish dancers and singers, from the age of 16 to about 21, when he decided to focus more on his own Latin American roots.

    "Bridging cultures and stunning audiences...fiery improvisations over pulse-quickening tempos...they offer a fusion of influences that perhaps no other ensemble can boast." - Jazziz

    Ardeshir Farah was raised in Iran and England, and also played guitar since childhood, focusing on popular music and improvisation. He has performed and recorded extensively with many of the famed expatriate Persian singers and musicians in the US who fled Iran after the Revolution.

    The travels of his diplomat father brought Jorge to the United States, while Ardeshir arrived as a student of architecture. Ardeshir came to see Jorge perform with his Latin jazz group Caldera (4 albums on Capitol), and decided to meet him. The day the two guitarists met, it was instantly obvious that they were brothers of the guitar from opposite ends of the earth, even playing Czardas (a devilishly fast Hungarian Gypsy piece) flawlessly in harmony at top speed. They quickly prepared a repertoire, began performing, and recorded their first project, Mosaico in 1980 (self-produced). Although record companies at that time were not ready for this exotic new music ("where are we going to sell this, Timbuktu?"), jazz radio embraced it and world/jazz industry pioneer Richard Bock got the duo signed to the prestigious jazz label Milestone (Frontera, 1983, Guitarras, 1984).

    "...Dazzling virtuosity and a cross-cultural repertoire that celebrated and sometimes fused Latin, Arab, European, Afro-Cuban, and American styles." - The Washington Post

    The intimate audiophile recording Misterio was recorded by Waterlily Acoustics /AudioQuest in 1989. Following this came the phenomenally successful recordings Primal Magic (1990) and Am�cas (1992), put out by Mesa/Atlantic, which won Billboard's World Music Album of the Year and a Grammy nomination, respectively.

    The artists then started their own record company, Selva (which means "jungle" in Spanish), as an artist-friendly alternative and put out Heat of the Sun, (top 10 Billboard World Music chart), Live, the artists' first live performance recording, and Wild Muse. They won back the rights to their hit recordings, Primal Magic and Am�cas, which have been re-released on Selva. The Best of Strunz and Farah (2000) and Stringweave (2001), an elegantly intimate recording graced with many superb guest musicians, followed.

    Rio de Colores (2003), indeed a river of colors, is full of a diversity of sounds and musicians. In addition, Strunz and Farah In Performance, the duo's first DVD-video release, features performances in an intimate setting that allows the true acoustic beauty of their unplugged guitars shine through. Zona T�da (2004) features a broad-range of compositions and showcases their expressive guitar artistry. Desert Guitars(2005) puts together some of S and F's best Middle Eastern compositions Featuring classic Strunz and Farah compositions such as "Zagros", it also includes a previously unreleased recording: "Caspian Night".

    Jungle Guitars, released in 2006, is a colorful compilation of pieces inspired by the neotropical rainforests and landscapes gathered from Strunz and Farah's previous releases plus a new track, "Aracari". In all of these recordings, one can savor the fruits of one of the most unique yet enduring and harmonious musical collaborations in the world of guitar.
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