The Music of Iran

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Monday / March 2, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

This clinic will feature guest artist Sahba Motallebi, a tar and setar player and Iranian musician, exploring and demonstrating different aspects of Persian musical traditions. These will include instruments, forms, and regions as well as the Persian modal system (dastgah). Motallebi will be assisted by kamancheh player and vocalist Mehdi Bagheri as well as Iranian vocalist/pianist/arranger Parham Haghighi. Motallebi will also be performing at the Seventh Annual Berklee Middle Eastern Music Festival: The Music of Persia on March 3.

A tar and setar virtuoso, Motallebi is an internationally renowned musician. A member of the Iranian National Orchestra, she has been named the best tar player by the Iranian Music Festival for four consecutive years. She has travelled around the globe presenting Persian music to enthusiasts in numerous countries. To date, Motallebi has released a number of CDs and composed numerous theatrical pieces. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts in world performance music, she is an ambassador of classical Persian music in the United States and has captivated audiences in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

Born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1980, Bagheri began his musical endeavors by learning to play the tonbak. He then started learning other instruments in order to familiarize himself even further with Iranian music and composing. These included the setar and kamancheh, which he chose as his main instrument. While learning the kamancheh from maestro Ardeshir Kamkar, he studied drama at Azad University and graduated with a bachelor of arts in 2003. He has performed in a variety of festivals and halls in such countries as Norway, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.