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Iranian Choirs Win Silver in Sochi Competition

Iranian Choirs Win Silver in Sochi CompetitionIranian Choirs Win Silver in Sochi Competition

Iranian bands Tehran Vocal Ensemble and Parse Choir Group that competed in the 9th World Choir Games in Sochi, Russia, (July 6-16) both won silver medals.

Tehran Vocal Ensemble led by conductor Milad Omranloo won three silver medals for their performances in three sections of a cappella, contemporary and jazz, while Parse led by Tayyeb Faghih grabbed the silver medal in the folklore category, Honaronline reported.

Founded in 2006, the ensemble has introduced a new style in Persian music called mouth music, which can be defined as the vocal imitation of instrumental music.  The singers each bring out the sounds of a musical instrument through their vocal chords to produce music in unison.

They have been honored at several prestigious events worldwide. The ensemble won a gold medal at the Mixed Chamber Choirs section and a silver medal at the Folklore section of the 2nd Asian Choir Games held in South Korea in July 2009.

It also received a gold medal in the Mixed Choir Category of the 11th International Folksong Choir Festival in Barcelona in 2009 as well as a gold medal at the 2009 World Choir Championship.

Parse from Shiraz, won a silver medal in the ‘Folklore’ category of the International Choir Festival ‘Canta al mar’ in Barcelona last year.

A total of 283 choirs from 36 nations including China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia, Afghanistan, Armenia and several other countries, demonstrated their skills in various sections during the 11-day event.

From 2000 onwards the biennial World Choir Games have brought together cultures and nations from all over the world to meet and sing together. The event has been established as the world’s largest international choir competition. Its motto is “Singing together brings nations together”.

The top countries of medal winners in this year’s round included Russia with 88 medals, China with 56, South Africa with 7 and Indonesia and Nigeria each with 6 medals.