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Cross-cultural project "Arctide Descendants"

Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory and YUNA-JAPAN, INC.
cross-cultural project "Arctide Descendants"

The internationally acclaimed musical university “Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory” has developed an original international project "Arctide Descendants" across several countries in Europe and Asia. Distinguished musicians from multiple countries will be participating in this project.

As a part of this project, on April 24 and 26, 2011 in Tokyo, there will take place a concert of Iranian classical music “Sarzamin-e Man” (“My Motherland”), performed by the musical group “KARAVAN” whose members are:

Hosein NOURSHARGH — voice (Moscow)
Pezhman EKHTIARI — santur
Ashkan RAHBAR — tar
Kaveh MOTAMEDIYAN — kamanche
Daryoush CHAVOSHI — tombak, daf (Esfahan city)


Introduction "Arctide Descendants": The Way from Scandinavia to Japan"
by the Moscow Conservatory Professor Margarita Karatygina

April 24, Tower Hall Funabori; the concert begins at 19:00
(admission from 18:30) http://www.towerhall.jp/

April 26, Tiara Koto Hall; the concert begins at 19:30
(admission from 19:00) http://www.kcf.or.jp/tiara/index.html

Tickets may be purchased at: http://www.t-bunka.jp
www.piano.or.jp/concert/support/ Yuna-Japan
03-6661-0344 090-3897-7727

The cost of tickets is 3,500 yens for adults, 1,500 yens for teenagers

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IRANIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC is one of the greatest accomplishments of the world’s culture. It reflects the history and worldview of not only Iranians, but of all peoples who descended from the oldest in Eurasia Indo-European cultural community whose borders span from Northern Europe to Japan. Although this tradition is ancient, it is still alive and robust, and it touches the hearts of contemporaries. This music is notable for its elaborate set of rules regarding the cultivation of sound and grammatical norms, and a graceful match of refined intuition and intellectual calculation.

Hosein Nourshargh

The author of the program, a master of the unique classical esfahani avaz tradition (esfahani avaz is an art of singing), the author of a number of poetic and musical texts in this program

Mr. Nourshargh studied the art of avaz since childhood under his father, Ebrahim Mohamаd, a master of classical Iranian repertoire, who in turn, acquired his mastery under the stewardship of Ali Asgar Vesal, a poet and master of avaz, and a religious figure (as a poet, Ali Asgar Vesal is known under the name of Mahjur Dehaghani).

Among his teachers, Mr. Nourshargh distinguishes his brother Masud (the musical instrument tar and the theory of music) and a famous Esfahani master Malek Masudi (a student of the great singer Taj Esfahani). Under the latter, he mastered the entire system of vocal radif (the full repertoire of typical melodies). Mr. Noursharagh took special lessons from Shah Zamani (also Taj Esfahani’s student) and Razavi Sarvestani (the famous master of Tehranian avaz).

Hosein Nourshargh performed in Iran and Russia together with different ensembles, including Ostad Majid Derakhshani’s group (the Moscow Conservatory, December 2008, Recording studio of the MOSFILM Cinema Concern, October 2009, State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, October 2009), and the “Solh” ensemble in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (May 2009). From the fall of 2009, the singer has collaborated with a brilliant group that represents the classic Esfahani tradition – the “Feraqh” ensemble.

In 2009-2010, Hosein Nourshargh and the “Feraqh” ensemble prepared unique concert programs that were performed in the best concert halls of Moscow with great success (The Great Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, Moscow International House of Music, and Yauza Palace, one of the most renowned theater and concert halls in Moscow).

Two audio CDs by Hosein Nourshargh were released by the MOSFILM Cinema Concern:

  • CD “BEDAHE NAVA-ESFAHAN”, Iranian Classical Music (Hosein Nourshargh – voice, Majid Derakhshani – tar, Shahriar Famil Nazari – daf, tombak, dayere), Moscow, 2009;
  • Double CD “SARZAMIN-E MAN”, Iranian classical music, Volume 1. SARZAMIN-E MAN, Volume 2. ASUDE BEKHAB (Hosein Nourshargh & Feragh Ensemble), Moscow, 2010

  • In January 2011, the Moscow Conservatory launched the “Karavan” group, where Hosein Nourshargh is the central figure, and the rest of the participants are brought in depending on specific creative tasks.

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