Iran and the Western World in harmony

by Miriam Rossius

What does eternity sound like? Hamid Motebassem, one of the outstanding Iranian musicians will bring his vision to the festival – together with the Symphony Orchestra Saalfeld-Rudolstadt. What makes the concert even more special are the two renowned voices who will join them: Mahdieh Mohammadkhani and Vahid Taj – a female and a male artist singing on stage - this would not be possible in their home country.


For quite a long time Hamid Motebassem has been recognized as an artist masterly leading tradition to unpredictable turns and new creations. More than 20 albums confirm his creativity as a composer, Tar and Setar player and founder of Dastan Ensemble. With his orchestral work „Pardis“ for Persian and Western instruments he again opened up a new path to bring in line complex Persian classical music with Western notation and harmonics. In 2012 „Pardis“ had its world premiere in London. Now we can enjoy it at the festival thanks to an Iranian ensemble teaming up especially for that project and the region’s popular Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Oliver Weder.


In another concert the Hamid Motebassem Ensemble will tell us about the tragic love story of Khosrow and Shirin. In the 12th century Persian poet Nizami dedicated one of his greatest works to the famous romantic couple. For centuries it inspired many different artists. Hamid Motebassem’s composition “Tar-o-Pood” unites the magic of Persian literature and music. Again, Mahdieh Mohammadkhani and Vahid Taj will bring to life the singing parts of this piece.


Hamid Motebassem

Mahdieh Mohammadkhani

Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt

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