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Cheshmazar Returning With ‘Rain of Love’

Cheshmazar Returning With ‘Rain of Love’Cheshmazar Returning With ‘Rain of Love’

Music concert ‘Rain of Love’ by Naser Cheshmazar, acclaimed musician, composer and orchestra conductor will be held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on October 11.

The concert is significant as the legendary musician will take the stage after a 40-year break from live performances providing a valuable opportunity for his fans, said Farhad Harati, veteran composer and conductor at a recent press conference, Mehr News Agency reported.

A unique feature of the performance is that the audience will travel back in time with memories of Cheshmazar’s compositions.

Harati, who will conduct the orchestra on Sunday, said: “The atmosphere will go back in time, creating an absorbing mood for the audience who may actually find themselves lost in the reveries,” he added.

Soundtracks of movie ‘Long Lost Sisters’ (1995) by Kiumars Pourahmad, with the collaboration of Namira choir, will be performed in the first half of the program.

A few tracks from the album ‘Rain of Love’ and more movie tracks of ‘Invasion’ (1985) and ‘I want to be Alive’ (1995) by the late Iraj Qaderi, ‘The Poisonous Mushroom’ (2002) by the late Rasoul Mollaqolipour and the TV series ‘The Adventures of Majid’ (1990) by Kiumars Pourahmad will be performed in the second half of the concert.

“A major difference is that some of the tracks will be played live, as against using sound synthesizer,” Cheshmazar said.

“Three pieces ‘Hejira’, ‘Solitude’ and ‘Lord of Skies’ are pieces composed prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and I’ve received permission for their performance from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance,” he added.

In addition, a piece named ‘Imam Ali’ (AS) will be performed by Hamidreza Golshan, a skilled vocalist.

Cheshmazar, 63, has composed scores for over 20 films including ‘Hamoun’ by Dariush Mehrjui, ‘Candle in the Wind’ (1990) by Pouran Derakhshandehm (2003) and ‘Superstar’ by Tahmineh Milani (2009).

He has released 10 albums and cooperated with famous pop singers Hami, Mohammad Esfahani, Qasem Afshar and Mohammadreza Eyvazi in their albums. He won the Crystal Simorgh award at Fajr International Film Festival twice for composing the music for ‘Poisonous Mushroom’ in 2002 and ‘Devil’s Eye’ in 1993.

  Child Prodigy

Cheshmazar became interested in music at the young age of five and started taking lessons in the accordion. Later he joined an Azerbaijani orchestra performing for Radio Iran (Iran’s oldest radio station) and won top prizes in high school music competitions.

He passed jazz music training in the US after which he returned to Iran and started his music activities as concert master in radio and television programs.

Cheshmazar is considered one of the most acclaimed faces in the world of music and pioneer in combining Iranian music style with western electric instruments.