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AAVV - Iran ( Arian Band, The Kamkars, Trio Chemirani, Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Akbar Moradi, Barad, Jahlè ...)
AAVV
Iran ( Arian Band, The Kamkars, Trio Chemirani, Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Akbar Moradi, Barad, Jahlè ...)

RGNET 1165

World Music Network
Iran
 
1 CD



The traffic-choked streets of Tehran and the magnificent mosques of Esfahan, the underground DJs and the Sufi minstrels of Kurdistan, are all reflected in the vibrant musical scene in Iran. From contemporary rappers to folk legends, from great singing stars to contemporary bands, from regional traditionalists to the trance musicians of Baluchistan, this Rough Guide features a captivating cross-section of contemporary Iranian sounds. Artists include – Arian Band, The Kamkars, Hossein Alizadeh & Djivan Gasparyan, Trio Chemirani, Parvin Javdan, Abdolnaghi Afsharnia, Dastan Ensemble & Shahram Nazeri, Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Akbar Moradi, Jahlé, Chengis Mehdipour, Barad, Haj Ghorban Soleimani, Din Mohammad Zangeshâhi, O-Hum and Masters Of Persian Music
 
 
 

As colourful a comp as the country’s history and terrain Iran is a complex, wildly varied country. Cross over from northern Iraq through a border post adorned with portraits of religious leaders, and you find yourself up among the little mountain villages of the Kurdish region. Make your way down to the plains, negotiating many more checkpoints on the way, and you’re in the large, modern, busy capital, Tehran. Keep going south and you reach the magnificent mosques of Esfahan. Beyond, there stretches the coastal regions and the arid deserts leading to Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s an area with equally varied music, which has continued to flourish despite (and, at times, because of) the Islamic revolution of 1979, when Western pop was initially banned. This wide-ranging guide provides an impressive introduction. From up in the Kurdish region there are the sturdy and stirring Kamkars, famous for their Kurdish and Persian classical styles, played on long-necked lutes, fiddles and dulcimer. Then, from Tehran, there are rock bands that have survived despite official disapproval, which range from the laidback Barad to the more upbeat O-Hum, whose unlikely lyrics cover everything from personal angst to re-workings of ancient Sufi poetry. The Ayatollahs disliked rock because it symbolised the pro-Western era of the Shah, but they were keen to promote Persian culture and classical groups like the Dastan Ensemble, heard here with Kurdish singer Shahram Nazeri. The music of Iran’s substantial Armenian community gets a look in, with duduk player Djivan Gasparyan playing alongside the great Iranian tar player Hossein Alizadeh. The music of black Iranians, descended from African slaves, is also featured. One of the finest tracks here is the soulful ‘Lullaby’, recorded for Andy Kershaw’s show by the Jahlé band from the coastal city of Bandar Abbas. This is another excellent Rough Guide compilation, which comes with useful and entertaining liner notes. And I’d say all that even if it hadn’t been compiled by the Songlines editor, Simon Broughton.

Robin Denselow l (from Songlines # 39)





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CABIT - Tre Re dall'Oriente / La Stella Cometa
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SOMS Diritto e Doveri
Vado Ligure (SV) - Italy


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Ester Formosa & Elva Lutza
Dalston Roof Park
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03 May 2019 - h:21.00
Ester Formosa & Elva Lutza
Teatro Alekestis
Cagliari - Italy


10 May 2019 - h:8.30
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Mayschoss
Germany


11 May 2019 - h:8.30
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Venner Folk Frühling
Büningsweg 1
Venne - Germany


12 May 2019 - h:17.00
Ester Formosa & Elva Lutza
Villa Pamphilii
Rome - Italy


12 May 2019 - h:19.00
Arturo Stalteri
S.S. Apostoli

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23 May 2019 - h:8.00
Liguriani
Dahrenstedt
Germany


24 May 2019 - h:8.00
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Salzgitter
Germany


25 May 2019 - h:8.00
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Mönchegladbach
Germany


25 June 2019 - h:21.00
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Vecchia Torrana
Portoscuso (CI) - Sardinia - Italy


27 June 2019 - h:20.00
Liguriani
Castel Tirolo
Merano (BZ) - Italy


28 June 2019 - h:20.00
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Feste Musicali a Castel Roncolo
Via Castel Roncolo
Bolzano (BZ) - Italy


29 June 2019 - h:8.00
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Andy Lang Konzertscheune
Banhofstrasse 1
Gefrees - Germany


30 June 2019 - h:15.00
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Langenau
Germany


30 June 2019 - h:20.00
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Bischofsgrün
Mainleus - Germany


19 July 2019 - h:18.30
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Rheingau Musik Festival
Burg Schwarzenstein
Geisenheim-Johannisberg
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20 July 2019 - h:16.00
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Draiser Hof- Weingut und Gutshotel Baron Knyphausen
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21 July 2019 - h:16.00
Liguriani
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Garden of The Eltzerhof
Elteville - Germany


23 August 2019 - h:20.00
Liguriani
Kehl
Germany


 
 
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