Asia Society Texas Center

Performing Asia: Constantinople

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

 From left to right: Kiya Tabassian, Sepideh Raissadat, and Hamni Honari

From left to right: Kiya Tabassian, Sepideh Raissadat, and Hamni Honari

Performing "Chahar-bagh" (Four Gardens), In collaboration with Aga Khan Museum and His Highness the Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United States

This concert is an initiatory journey into music and poetry from the Safavid era of Persian culture. Based on the latest musical researches, Kiya TabassianSepideh Raissadat and Hamni Honari revisit some of the country's most beautiful musical pieces and rediscovered treasures. This performance sheds light on Persian Magham music (prior to the Dastgâh system) and builds bridges with our contemporary repertoire of Radif. New compositions and improvisations by Kiya Tabassian will also be performed. The poetry of Hafez describing the mystical life inside the gardens will lead the musicians and the audience inside this sophisticated world of Persian Chahar-bagh.

About the Performance

Setar virtuoso, composer and improviser, Kiya Tabassian is rooted in Persian classical music and composes for small and large ensembles around the world. His masters in setar were Reza Ghasemi and Kayhan Kalhor and in composition, Gilles Tremblay. In 1998, Tabassian founded Constantinople, a Montreal based ensemble which has earned an international reputation for its unique juxtaposition of early musical sources, contemporary aesthetics, and the living traditions of the Middle East. He has recorded 15 CDs for several labels such ATMA, Analekta, Buda Musique, World Village, and Ma Case labels and has created with Constantinople over 35 original programs performing them at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues such as Salle Pleyel (Paris), Berliner Philharmonie (Germany), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), and Festival de Mexico en el Centro historico (Mexico). Over the past decade, he has staged over 800 concerts in more than 120 cities in nearly 30 different countries.

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