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New Meetup: An Evening of Persian Music

From: sina h.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:44 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Bay Area Iranians!

What: An Evening of Persian Music

When: Sunday, October 10,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St (at 23rd St.)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Come enjoy classical music of Persia with esteemed artists in a very intimate setting of the Red Poppy Art House in the Potrero neighborhood of San Francisco.

This concert will showcase the richness of classical Persian instruments and give the listener a glimpse of melodies inspired by the poetry of Rumi. Joined by talented friends of multiple instruments, the evening will be a unique and inspiring showcase of Persian music... with a modern and fresh twist.

Time: doors at 6:30 and show at 7:00 pm

$10 for students with valid student ID
$15 for general admission
Cash only, no checks or credit cards will be accepted.

Parking Information: Street parking is available.
As always in San Francisco, do not leave anything visible in your car, lock away all possessions.

Due to the very small and intimate nature of this venue, it is highly recommended to arrive early to secure a spot. This venue has very limited capacity for seating. No flash photography.



Pezhham Akhavass, is a renowned percussionist and modern day virtuoso of Persian percussive instruments Tombak and Daf. Born in 1980 in Iran, Pezhham began learning music theory at the age of 5 and later graduated with a degree in music from the Sureh University in Tehran. After studying with the modern day masters of Persian music, he began working professionally with the renowned vocalist Shahram Nazeri (dubbed the Pavarotti of Iran) from[masked] where he traveled the world extensively performing in notable festivals and in the world's most prestigious venues. Pezhham has worked and recorded with major master musicians including Hossein Alizadeh, Kayhan Kalhour, Aliakbar Moradi, Saeid Farajpouri, Majid Derakhshani, Hosein Yousefzamani, Masoud Shoari, and has also performed with YoYo Ma. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches and performs and produces concerts.

Setar/ Shourangiz (stringed instruments of Iran)

Amir H Nojan-Born in 1980, Shiraz, Iran. He is a graduate of Graphics. He started learning music with the Setar when he was 12. He proceeded learning the Iranian music repertoire, Tar and Setar with Master Dariush Talai from 1998. The style of playing and teaching of this great Iranian music master caused him to research about repertoire and schools of old setar player. He is proud of apprenticeship near Master Mohammad Reza Lotfi, and he was involved with analysis and review of Mirza Abdullah repertoire and Old Iranian music pieces. Amir studied with master musicians Hooshang Zarif, Jalal Zolfonoon, Masud Shoari and Behdad Babai. Among his activities he is a member of the organizer council of Fars state Music Home, establishing and directing of Nava Ensemble.


Ghazeleh is a female vocalist from Iran. Born in Iran, Ghazeleh has studied with many different persian vocalist and is an accomplished singer. In addition to music, she has studied architecture. While a student at the school of art, she began learning radife avaz or the collection of Persian suits organized by scale and melody type that form the basis for improvisation under supervision of master Persian artists. At the same time she started learning setar with Mohammed Reza Ibrahimi. Her passion towards learning Persian music and singing in particular opened doors to extremely valuable teaching sessions with a number of masters such as Ostad Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammed Reza Lotfi, Mohsen Keramati, Asghar Shahzeidi and Narbeh Cholakiyam and at last into the first grade students of Mohammed Reza Sharjarian.

Indian Tabla/ Saxophone

Since 2001 Jesse Sheehan has had extesnsive experience playing Saxophone and Tabla professionally around the world with artists such as the Violent Femmes, Hot Buttered Rum, The Everyone Orchestra, Oliver Lake, Malachi Favors, Steve Kimoch, Dan Trudell and Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band. His interest in Hindustani and Carnatic Classical music led him to India 4 times to study Tabla with living legend Pandit Nayan Ghosh, and perform extensively with many of India?s finest musicians. Jesse holds a degree in music composition from Lewis and Clark College.

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