Leading Persian Musicians, Kereshmeh Ensemble, Connect East and West at The Museum of Anthropology

The renowned Vancouver ensemble’s performance celebrates MOA’s upcoming Safar/Voyage exhibition

VANCOUVER, BC – One of Canada’s leading Persian classical music groups, Kereshmeh Ensemble, performs at UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:30pm. The accomplished ensemble will feature guest artist and legendary Iranian musician, Hossein Behroozinia, along with guest musicians Hamed Afshari and Jamal Salavati, during a concert celebrating MOA’s groundbreaking exhibition, Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists.
“Our work is deeply rooted in bridging the gap between East and West, uniting our two societies,” said Kereshmeh Ensemble performer, Sohrab Saeb. “Playing with the talented musician Hossein Behroozinia to celebrate this exhibition in Vancouver is an ideal example of cross-cultural connections. We are delighted to participate in this sharing of music and art.”

The local group will perform a range of traditional Iranian songs using instruments such as the tar, barbat, santour, tombak, kamancheh, qaychak bass and daf. Works include Moghaddameh Saz-O Daramad (Prelude), Tasnif – E Dar Ayeneh (In the Mirror ), HeDJaz (Gusheh), and Chahar-Mezrab And Avaz (Chaharpareh), renowned for their contemplative and meditative qualities. Refined yet intensely personal, each piece is rooted in ancient heritage, providing a rich understanding of the country’s contrasting geography, history, and culture.
Since Kereshmeh Ensemble’s inception in 2006, the five member musicians have traveled widely, appearing extensively at festivals in Canada. At home, they have performed with local orchestras such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, working to reach as many residents as possible with their evocative and highly intelligent music.
Hossein Behroozinia, the distingu-
ished barbat (lute) player accom-panying the performance, is a leading figure in the preservation of traditional Iranian music, He worked as the Director of Music Education and Production in Iran before being decorated with the highest honour for arts in the country, the First Order of Arts by the Ministry of Culture. May 16 marks a rare opportunity to see a master of the genre in Canada.
Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists, runs from April 20 through September 13, 2013 at MOA and features works from 16 lauded contemporary artists from the Middle Eastern region across 8,000 square feet of gallery space. The diversity of the artwork is reflected in additional programming that further explores key themes and artistic aspects of Middle Eastern cultures.



About Kereshmeh Ensemble
Kereshmeh Ensemble is one of Canada’s leading Persian classical music ensembles that works to bridge the gap between East and West. Each of the group’s five members – Ramin Bahrami, Sohrab Saeb, Alborz Rahmani, Arjang Ataollahi, and Sina Ettehad – use a unique technique developed over several years of performing. Kereshmeh Ensemble uses contemporary techniques to perform traditional music. The group has performed at festivals and concerts throughout Canada. Each member lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

About MOA

The Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC

The Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. Founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at UBC, its mission is to inspire understanding of and respect for world arts and cultures. Today, Canada›s largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. MOA houses more than 38,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many, which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Koerner Gallery features one of Canada’s most important European ceramics collections, while MOA›s recently opened Multiversity Galleries provide public access to more than 10,000 objects from around the world. The Audain Gallery and the O’Brian Gallery, MOA›s temporary exhibition spaces showcase travelling exhibits as well as those developed in-house.



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