Reflection of Silence : Flavours of Iranian & Kurdish Music

Part One: Art of Improvisation in Iranian Music

setar, guitar and tombak 
Part Two: An Journey to Kurdish Music
harp, vocals, setar, guitar, kamancheh and tombak

Tara Jaff harp, vocal
Pouya Mahmoudi guitar
Mehdi Rostami setar, shourangiz
Adib Rostami tombak, kamancheh

 Music / Saturday, 8 March 2014 – 7:30pm / Hall One
Online Price: £19.50 / £14.50 / £12.50 / £9.50 Savers*

Reflection of Silence is a new collaboration between four musicians from different backgrounds, from rock to Iranian music, with a passion in the art of creative improvisation in Iranian & Kurdish music.

The goal is for the artist and listener to become ecstatically lost.

The evening will open with Art of Improvisation in Persian Music, followed by a contemporary approach to a set of ancient Kurdish pieces from different parts of the Kurdistan region.

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Persian Poets’ Tour 2013 in UK

Persian PoetsContemporary Iranian is proud to assist Poetry Translation Centre market their Persian Poets’ Tour 2013 in the UK.

Following the success of our 2012 Persian Poets’ Tour, we’re delighted to announce that three of the poets, Azita Ghahreman(translated by Maura Dooley), Reza Mohammadi (translated by Nick Laird) and Shakila Azizzada (translated by Mimi Khalvati), will be returning for a series of five readings this summer in Manchester, Cardiff, London, Edinburgh and Ledbury. Tickets are already selling fast, so please make sure you reserve your place for these readings.

We’ve published dual-language chapbooks and recorded full-length podcasts featuring each of our three poets which you can access by following these links: Azita Ghahreman, Reza Mohammadi and Shakila Azizzada

Our Persian Poets’ 2012 Tour was an extraordinary success: we had capacity audiences (80 people at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham; 90 people at the Millennium Library Norwich, and a further 80 at Asia House in London) plus a fantastic article by Christina Patterson in The Independent,an insightfulblog post by Gregory Leadbetter on the pleasure of hearing the poems read in their original language and an article by poet Reza Mohammadi, ‘Afghanistan has poetry in its soul’ on The Guardian website.

If you were lucky enough to come along to our 2012 events, we’re sure you’ll be eager to join us again – and if you missed last year’s tour, please do come along this time to experience some remarkable poetry.

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