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Improvised Concerts by European Musicians

Improvised Concerts  by European MusiciansImprovised Concerts  by European Musicians

Musicians from Hungary, Germany, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and France plus instrumentalists from Iran will perform solo improvisations at the second edition of Show of Hands Festival.

Scheduled for September 1-6 at Niavaran Cultural Center in north Tehran, this year’s event will focus on music with string instruments, reported.

As per the festival schedule, every evening two artists are set to give performances preceded by a 10-minute performance by a young Iranian.

The opening night will host solo concerts by Iranian guitarist Golfam Khayam and Hungarian guitarist Zsófia Boros.

Swiss-based artist Khayam, 37, studied guitar at the Lausanne Conservatory in western Switzerland. She continued her study on the same instrument at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Boros was born in Prague in 1980 and studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as well as the Francisco Tárrega Guitar Academy in Pordenone, Italy. Boros has been the recipient of numerous awards, including first prizes at the North London Music Festival and the Premio Enrico Mercatali in Gorizia Town, Italy.

Turkish singer and bağlama player Ulaş Özdemir and Kamancheh player Hesam Inanlaou from Iran will stage their solo improvisation on the second night, while Ali Boustan on his new Iranian musical instrument Shourangiz and German artist Anja Lechner on cello will entertain the audience on the third night.

The festival will continue with performances from Ferenc Snétberger, Hungarian jazz guitarist, and Swedish bassist Björn Meyer (on the fourth night) and French composer Renaud Garcia-Fons and Norwegian musician Mats Eilertsen a night later.

On the last night four of the artists will join a guest artist (whose name has been kept secret as a surprise) for a group performance. A performance by Dutch composer Tony Overwater is also scheduled for the closing night. Overwater, 53, will play bass viol, a fretted, bowed, stringed musical instrument from the viola da gamba family that occupies the bass range.

Workshops will be held and documentaries screened on the sidelines of the concerts.

Tickets to the concerts are available at The Cultural center is located across from Niavaran Park, on Pasdaran Street.

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