Back Vocal Screening with Saeed Shahram

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Thursday / February 3, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Join us for the screening of this underground film. Special guest Saeed Shahram from Iran, international award-winning film scorer and composer, will lead a post-screening discussion.

Notes from director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb:
"Three years of roaming among musicians of Tehran resulted in. . . two films centered on the theme of restrictions on music in Iran. Back Vocal tells the story of women singers whose unaccompanied singing is forbidden by religious laws of the country, but who nonetheless try to remain active, even if that means taking the second seat. I knew from the beginning that such a film would not get permission to be screened, so I never applied for a permit."

Saeed Shahram is a noted composer with over 40 feature-length movie soundtracks to his credit since 1983. He has been a part of the music industry in Iran for his whole life. His accomplishments include awards for Two Sides of a Coin and Abadanies. Shahram was a pioneer in introducing Iran to electronic music, and he successfully fuses the East and the West in all aspects of his music, whether it's using traditional Persian scales or mixing instrumentation. His 1999 album Stand on the Earth set Forugh Farrokhzad's poetry to Persian jazz. One of his latest works was scoring Gharib's Story, which became the most-viewed television series in Iran.

This event is cosponsored by the Office for Cultural Diversity, the Stan Getz Library, and the Development Office.