Art And Culture

New Album With Swiss Ensemble

New Album With Swiss EnsembleNew Album With Swiss Ensemble

Iranian composer and conductor Karen Keyhani’s latest musical album, co-performed with Matka ensemble from Geneva, will be available in the market after permit is granted by the Music Department of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

The main instrument used in the album is harp or santur, a hammered dulcimer. The instrumental pieces are performed by foreign musicians including Patrick Schleuter, violinist, Elodie Virot, flutist, Aurelie Communal, harpist, Layla Ramezan, pianist and several French harpists who are studying art at the University of Geneva, MNA reported.

The album includes pieces ‘Only That Spark and Nothing More’, inspired by the poem ‘Eagle’ by Parviz Natel Khanlari, literary scholar, linguist and author, dedicated to the Iranian trio who perished in 2013 while descending the Broad Peak, part of the Gasherbrum massif in Baltistan on the Pakistan-China border.

Another piece ‘Hejrani’, on flute and piano, was first performed at Pittsburgh in the United States on February13, 2015.

 One of Keyhani’s pieces, inspired by a poem by Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, eminent Iranian poet is also included in the album.

Keyhani said he is eager to hold a concert but “not in classic halls.”

“I would like to perform in a place that better matches the mood of the collection like an abandoned factory.” Today, it is common to perform modern music concerts in such places.

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Keyhani is teacher at Art University of Tehran and Music Department of the University of Applied Science and Technology. He studied traditional Persian music at Azad University of Art and Architecture.

He has performed numerous concerts with the ensembles Matka (Geneva), Maroon Trio (Kansas), Mise-en (New York) and London New Wind Ensemble (London), and has accompanied musicians Aurelie Communal, Brendon Bushman, Sergio Bernetti, Marta Marinelli and Catherine Pluygers.