Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
A night of Persian classical music that will bridge the gap between the ancient wisdom world and the modern.
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About the artists:
Fared Shafinury is a critically acclaimed composer, vocalist, poet, Persian setarist and multi-instrumentalist, that has effectively unearthed his ancestral roots in classical Persian music & poetry, as well as reinvigorating the ancient sound with a modern touch – seamlessly morphing together influences ranging from American folk/rock/blues to classical/& folk Iranian music.
The power in his voice transcends the listener from the sleepy beach towns along the Gulf of Mexico, to the soft gentile rolling hills of central Texas, to the dramatic mist hidden cliffs of Big Sur California, and melodically retracing an arc back to the scattered villages of Iran, to find themselves at the foothills of a modern Tehran today.
Bobak is a multi-instrumentalist playing the kamancheh, del-o-del, violin, guitar, and setar.
Bobak’s musical journey began at age 8, under the direction of his father Maestro Hossein Salehi, and continued with Maestro Davood Ganjei on the violin. In college, he explored the folk music of Latin America, North India, Southern Spain and North Africa. In 1999 the Oregon Historical Society recognized him as Master Artist. He has studied Kamancheh (Spiked Fiddle) with crossover recording artist Kayhan Kalhor of Yoyo Ma’s Silk Road Project.
He has written and recorded several film and theatrical scores, most recently collaborating with Niloufar Talebi on the music and video of Persian Rite of Spring DVD. In 2012, he join the Zyryab project in Vancouver, BC and has continued to work with their performance series at Simon Frazier University. He has joined Pink Martini in studio and on stage as a guest since 2013. He is currently collaborating with Ali Samadpour on a historic project, reconstructing music from the 1300's.
An master percussionist born in Lima, Peru, to a diverse family, he has lived and studied in many countries. Martin is an alumnus of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he attended on a scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Martin has worked with Simon Shahin, Jamey Haddad, Pepe Raphael, Oscar Stagnaro, Essiet Essiet, Al-Andalus Ensemble, John Butler, Eugene Skeef, Women Of The World, Jorge Pardo, Leo Blanco, Benny Green, Sean Ghazi, Tommy Thayer, Rufus Wainwright, Patrick Lamb, Mario Frangoulis, Dariush (Eghbali), Dan Gaynor, Edna Vazquez, Mario Diaz, Bobak Salehi, and Dave Eggar to name a few.
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