Iran’s ‘Voice of East’ Music Dazzles Muscovites
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Iran’s ‘Voice of East’ Music Dazzles Muscovites

The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory recently hosted the ‘Voice of East’ festival where Iranian ethnic music received special attention.
“Each one of the Iranian artists is a world of enchanting and mythical melodies. Nowhere else is there such a diversity of alluring songs. I call on all the prominent artists participating in the festival to help introduce this culture to the entire world,” said associate professor Margarita Karatygina from the conservatory’s International Cooperation Department in her speech after a series of performances by Iranian women.
Peyman Bozorgnia, a researcher on ethnic music and leader of the performing team, said this year, the performance by Iranian women received special praise. “Many from among the audience, stayed behind after each performance to exchange words with our artists,” he told ISNA.
Parvin Bahmani was the first vocalist in the presentation. She accompanied Bozorgnia who played the ‘ney’ (an end-blown flute). “Her performance overwhelmed the audience who gave her a standing ovation,” Bozorgnia said.
Another noteworthy performance was by Donya Kamali from Kermanshah who rendered ‘maqams,’ a system of melody tunes used in traditional music.
Zhivar Shiekh-ol-Eslami performed Kurdish Sufi musical pieces with ‘daf’ (a large Persian frame drum). She also performed folk songs sung by Kurdish women and received huge applause.
Singer Nastaran Quchani and ‘dotar’ player Akram Ebrahimzadeh from Quchan in Khorasan Razavi Province blazed the stage in ethnic colors and performed a repertory of women’s music and a solo, respectively.
And self-taught musician Jahan Heydari surprised all with her tub-beating (Persian: lagan-zani) music. Her name was registered on Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s List of Senior Artists.

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