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Scholarly Colloquium and Ensemble Performance on Persian Global Music: Past, Present and Future July 9, 2017  Location: Dar-e-Mehr, 106 Pomona Road, Pomona, NY 10970 Date: 11:00 .A.M. to 15:00 on Sunday 9 July 2017 Admission: $20 per person RSVP through Evite or email to iza.anjoman@gmail.com by July 7, 2017 10:30 Refreshment Tea and Coffee 11:00 Welcome Shirin Khosravi, IZA President 11:05 Overview Davood N. Rahni 11:10 Lectures Homayoon Beigi Hossein Aslani Afshin Goodarzi’ 11:55 Discussions speakers and audience 12:40 Lunch Lunch (by Ravagh) 13:45 Performance Afshin Goodarzi (Se-) TAR, Ehsan Partovi Zarb, & Katayoun Kamyab Avaz 15:00 Concluding Davood N. Rahni Global Influence of Persian Music The oldest trace of lute-like string instruments have been found in Iran, in as early the 2nd millennium BCE. The speaker will provide concrete historical objects and documents that provide a narrative for the spread of music from Elam and Persia (Proper Iran) to the east as far as China and Japan, to Central Asia, and to the West. Some evidence in the form of Buddhist cave paintings in western China, Terracotta figurines from the city of Susa, and plates and other historical relics from the greater Iran, will be illustrated. Sample musical instruments are also displayed for a more intimate introduction. Homayoon Beigi has been studying and researching world music, etymology, history and culture, while playing a number of instruments such as Tar, Dotar, and Kamancheh, and coordinating the Noavaran Ensemble Orchestra. He studied music under the late Maestro Andranik Aroustamian and Ostad Reza Derakhshani. He has led several research projects such as an IBM Research project on a CMN music notation editor using a digital pen/tablet interface. Homayoon has been a speech and speaker recognition researcher studying digital audio for decades at IBM and Recognition Technologies, Inc. He is also a professor of computer science and mechanical engineering at Columbia University and the president of Recognition Technologies. Homayoon and Pargol are the proud parents of Ara and Darya. Iranian Music since the 7th century CE With the advent of Islam in Iran, the music was inhibited or, at times prohibited until in the 11th century CE, Sufism somewhat reinvigorated it. The Iranian religious and ethnic minorities and the Sufis, thence, played a pivotal role for preserving the music within the past millennium. The Iranian music was once again revived amid the Constitutional revolution of the late 19th-early 20th century. Afshin Goodarzi is a life-long student of the Iranian Radif. Afshin has studied the Setar with Ostad Reza Derakhshani since 1990, and endeavors to develop a much deeper insights into this rich tradition independently since. Afshin is the Chief Analyst at 1010datam a Software & Data Analytics Company in New York City. He is the proud father of two sons. Katayoun Kamyab has started her studies of Iranian vocal music with Ostad Reza Derakhshani since 1994. More recently, Katayoun completed the Pish-Radif with Meastro Ostaad Omoumi. Katayoun is an immunologist. Katayoun is the proud mother of two sons. Ehsan Partovi is a Zarb Percussionist who has closely worked with Maestros Baimani, Askari, Akbar Golpayegani, Kiyae and Fasazadeh. He has been teaching, since the completion of his education in the U.S. An Integrative Approach to Persian and Western Music Although, Persian traditional music is nostalgic or melancholic to many, it has, nonetheless, remained stagnant at best since the advent of Islam. Its tonal and repetitive modes have by and large delivered somber and lamenting music, restricted for growth by religious tenants. The enlightenment of the 19th and 20th century, promoted by the cultural and educational exchange with Europe and the 1907 constitutional revolution afforded Persian music, a degree of reawakening. It is only, however, in the past decade or two, when serious efforts are made to integrate Persian folkloric and traditional tonal melodies into atonal “western” music. Such innovative approach is synergistically complementing the traditional Persian music, as it expands it into unchartered territories. Hossein Aslani’s lifelong compassion for music goes back to his toddlerhood when he was given a mount harp which later led to his training with some of the best music luminaries of the era and his earning a master’s in contemporary classical music from State University of New York. His prolific portfolio includes a number of music compositions of our time and prose that are multidimensional and unprecedented. Although Hossein had served in the Iranian Radio and Television broadcasting specializing as a composer, arranger and pianist through the early 70’s, he has since while residing in New York, been mentoring a group of talented music students annually. Hossein and Fida are the cherished parents of our community in diaspora. Shirin Khosravi is the IZA President and continues playing pivotal role in nurturing the Iranian-American Community of the Tri-State region. Shirin is a computer scientist by training and currently serves as the Director of Portfolio, Systems Analysis in New York City. She is the proud mother of 3 sons. Davood A. Rahni is a novice for his artistic talents especially music; nonetheless, he has remained an avid admirer of, and written prolifically on the Persian arts, culture and history. He is a civic and community leader helping promote the Iranian-American Community. Davood has served as professor of chemistry for three decades, interspersed with myriad other academic, professional and executive leadership roles. Davood and Fariba are the proud parents of Azad, Bobak and Sarah Daria. Respond to iza.anjoman@gmail.com with the number of people attending. Admission: $20 per person 
Dar-e-Mehr IZA Community 11 AM - 3 PM on 3rd Sunday of the Month July 16, 2017 IZA Get together 3rd Sunday of the month Iranian Zoroastrian Association (IZA) will be holding on the third Sunday of each month from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a Community cultural get-together which will include but not limited to Religious ceremonies, Games, Shahnameh Khani and poetry reading, Discussions, with Potluck Lunch at the Dar-e-Mehr. The list of future Sundays are: 2016: September 18th Skipping October November 20th December 18th 2017: January 15th February 19th skipping March April 16th May 21st June 18th 
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