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Qeshm Island

Qeshm Island

Qeshm Island


The unique nature and culture of the fascinating Island of Qeshm (in the Persian Gulf) with its strong influences from Iranian, Arabic as well as East-African Traditions is the main theme in the production of an Album based on Qeshm’s musical textures, traditions, culture and nature. Mohammad Reza Aligholi, Saeed Ansari, Christophe Rezai, Peter Soleimanipour, Reza Asgarzadeh, Ali Boustan, Farhad As’adian & Karan Homayounfar have depicted their own interpretation on this theme, resulting in the production of the Qeshm project. Read more on Last.fm
The unique nature and culture of the fascinating Island of Qeshm (in the Persian Gulf) with its strong influences from Iranian, Arabic as well as East-African Traditions is the main theme in the production of an Album based on Qeshm’s musical textures, traditions, culture and nature. Mohammad Reza Aligholi, Saeed Ansari, Christophe Rezai, Peter Soleimanipour, Reza Asgarzadeh, Ali Boustan, Farhad As’adian & Karan Homayounfar have depicted their own interpretation on this theme, resulting in the production of the Qeshm project. Ramin Sadighi All began in Winter 2000 when Ali Boustan and I went to Qeshm to make some feild recordings of a group of Udo players.We unexpectedly got the opportunity to attend a musical contest in which group of domestic performers competed to qualify for the International ‘Fajr Music Festival’ in Tehran.Their fascinating music made us forget why we were in Qeshm in the first place, and in the end we came back home with more than 4 hours of live and sample recordings. The mixture of Iranian,Arabic,as well as East African musical traditions seemed so unique that I decided to produce an album based on such textures.With the assistance of the Qeshm Free Area, we found the opportunity to make another trip to the Island (accompanied by all the musicians). Finally, 14 months of tough work built up Qeshm Island in which eight Iranian musicians express their emotions on the nature,culture and music of this mysterious island,each based on their own point of view. Ali Boustan Ali Boustan was born in Tehran (1969). He started playing the Setar at the age of 14 by Mohammad Firouzi and studied the theories of Iranian Music under the supervision of Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Parviz Meshkatian and Specially maestro Ahmad Ebadi. From 1989 he continued his advanced level studies in playing the Setar with Hossein Alizadeh and very soon assisted his Teacher by acting as a graphic designer for his educational books and albums,as well as a Setar and Oud player in Alizadeh’s albums and live performances. In 1990 he graduated in Graphic Design. Ali, a member of ‘International Advertising Association’ and a professional Graphic Designer, is also responsiblefor designing Hermes’ product covers and advertising campaign. 1. The Sun (Ali Boustan) *Based on a Baba Es’Hagh ‘Rezif’ Ensemble performance and the (Devoted Sailor) Theme by Mohammad Sedigh Kamali. Ali Boustan: Setar, Oud, Divan, Percussions Reza Asgarzadeh: Percussions Darshan jot Singh Anand: Udu Christophe Rezai Christophe Rezai was born in Toulouse,France (1966), He studied music (theory,piano and vocal) alongside his college education in hydraulic engineering and marketing.

As a composer,he has written the scores of a number of French and Iranian films and documentaries (for the French arte tv station). A tenor himself, he founded the ‘Aria Musica’ group (with Reza Asgarzdeh) staging numerous concerts in Iran and India. He further established the ‘Nour’ Ensemble (5 male vocalists), the repertoire which consists of medieval, Baroque and Iranian music. The ‘Nour’ ensemble has performed in a documentary produced by Arte in 2002. The original idea of the documentary which was filmed in the churches of Iran’s Azerbaidjan also comes from him.

The arrangement of the album ‘journey’ is also among his other music works. Christophe won the first prize at an Int’l music contest held by Euro Musica, an Italian Culture Institution, under the title of ‘Peace Anthem for the 3rd Millenium’ in 2000. 2. Ya Taleb Blues (Christophe Rezai) *Based on a Peyvand ‘Rezif’ Ensemble performance. Arash Mitouee: Acoustic guitars Reza Asgarzadeh: Percussions. Mohammadreza Aligholi Mohammadreza Aligholi was born in Tehran (1960), he started to study music (composition and playing the Trombone) with the Bulgarian Wanku Najdnof at the age of 14. A few years Later he made his first compositions for tv series and stage acts. Today, he is an established composer who won numerous awards. He has written the scores of more than 140 movies including ‘Nargess’ which brought him the award for best soundtrack at the 10th Int’l Fajr Film Festival in Tehran.

Among his other compositions are ‘Rastkhiz’ Overture on Rumi’ poems, ‘Nocturnal Songs’ suite for 5 cello and soprano, ‘7 Pieces’ for seven flutes, ‘Love Seemed Easy’ Overture for choir and percussion, Earth Whisper and Gypsy Moon. 3. Zaar (Mohammadreza Aligholi) Majid Esmaeili: Cello Christophe Rezai, Mostafa Mahmoudi: Vocals *The ‘Zaar’ is undoubtedly the most mysterious ritual in my homeland. This piece is a free interpretation of the ‘Zaar’ as performed in Qeshm. I tried to maintain of the originality and integrity of the ceremony as far as musical from is concerned.

Vocals and percussion are the main musical elements in the original ceremony, whereas I have added strings and wind instruments as we colors to my own interpretation. The ‘Zaar’, to me, symbolizes an image of the great circle of life: from birth to death, and the effort toward rebirth. Peter Soleimanipour Peter Soleimanipour, born in Tehran (1968), from the age of 10 began to self-teach the playing of woodwind instruments, Guitar and Bass-guitar, percussion,as well as learning composition principles. In 1992, in collaboration with Mehrab Moghadasian and Ali Farvardin, he began to experience jazz music and performed numerous concerts. Among his past 15 years of activity are; lectures in Tehran University of Art (music faculty), collaborationin various concert and film score production projects, composition of more than 150 musical pieces and recording a number of them. 4. Daryadaad (Peter Soleimanipour) Peter Soleimanipour: Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Callimba, Acoustic Bass guitar Ali Boustan: Oud Christophe Rezai: Backing vocal Farhad As’adian Farhad As’adian, born in 1967 in Tehran, He graduated form the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of Tehran Polytechnic University.

Started to study music at the age of 10. Under the supervision of Alireza Tafaghodi he learned playing the guitar and attending in Mehran Rowhani’s Courses, he studied Music Theory, Counterpoint and Harmony. His professional career began as a film music writer. 5. The Room of Qeshm (Farhad As’adian) Farhad As’adian: guitars Peter Soleimanipour: Saxophone Shahram Rokouee: Flute Ali Boustan: Oud Reza Asgarzadeh: Percussions Saeed Ansari Saeed Ansari, born in Tehran (1962), began learning music since childhood.

He plays the classical guitar as well as the Iranian traditional setar. He has a B.A. degree in English Literature from University of Tehran and has been a professional film music composer since 1991. 15 movie scores including ‘Banichaw’ which was nominated for best original score in the 14th Int’l Fajr Film Festival, numerous tv series and feature films, more than a hundred commercials, tens of songs for children, and many other scores for documentaries, animations,etc., are among his works during the last decade.

He has also received several awards and nominations in various Iraian film and television festivals and ceremonies. 6. Hara Suite (Saeed Ansari) Ali Charkhi Nafar: Double Pipe Ali Boustan: Oud, Setar Darshan Jot Singh Anand: Tabla Shidrokh Mohaghegh: Tar Homayoun Nasiri: Damman Drum Arash Mitouee: Electric and Acoustic guitar Peter Soleimanipour: Acoustic Bass C.Rezai, R.Asgarzadeh, A.Boustan, M.R.Alighholi, Shabnam Zamani, Roza Giyahi: Backing vocals. Karan Homayounfar Karan Homayounfar, born in 1969 (Tehran), started playing the piano at the age of 6. He studied the theory of music under the supervision of Behboud family and after graduating from high school he moved to England and then Turkey, where he attended the Bilkent Collage of Music. Karen continued his studies in Hacettepe Music Conservatory (Ankara) Where he met some of the most famous Turkish musicians and conductors such ad Hikmet Shimshek, Kemal Eroghlu and Enver Tufen.

Leaning on their experiences, he continued to learn more about Harmony, Counterpoints, Forms as well as playing the piano. After coming back to Iran, he went on with his studies with Amir Sarraf and Mehran Rohani. Karen’s professional career began in 1994 in the Film Industry, where he composed more than 30 movie and Tv series scores so far. 7. Simin Beach (Karan Homayounfar) Karan Homayounfar: Piano Reza Asgarzadeh Reza Asgarzadeh was born in Tehran (1968), He studied music theory, the piano, singing and also the recorder as an autodidact. After graduating from Tehran University in Econometrics, he further began playing percussion and drums. From the very creation of the group ‘Aria Musica’ he participated in all the concerts.

In February 2001 He completed an internship for the recorder with professors Pierre Hamon and Pierre Boragno in Paris. Impassioned by sound engineering in which he is also self-taught, he has worked since 1995 as a sound engineer in collaboration with Christophe Rezai. In addition, he has been a member of the Tehran Symphonic Choir for more than 10 years. 8. Khorma (Reza Asgarzadeh) Ali boustan : Oud Majid Esmaeili : Cello Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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