News ID: 170461
Published: 0357 GMT October 17, 2016

Iranians win Venice music head’s kudos

Iranians win Venice music head’s kudos

Director of 60th International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Venice Biennial Ivan Fedele praised Iran's performance at the event's closing program on October 16.

He added that it was one of the best performances of the gala, ISNA wrote.

Fedele, Paolo Baratta (president of the Biennale), Iraj Sahbaei (composer, orchestra conductor) and other Italian musicians and maestros attended the ceremony.

Iranian program entitled 'Iranian Music: Past to Present' was held in two sections in which the renowned Italian ensemble Divertimento joined in the first part of the concert.

It included 'Kamancheh Concerto', a piece by Mehdi Khayyami, 'Saba', a tar piece by Alireza Farhang and 'There Was a Point and Then There Was None', by Karen Keyhani on the 'santur'.

Kamancheh player Saman Samimi, tar player Milad Mohammadi and Keyhani accompanied Divertimento Ensemble in the 'santur' performance.

The second section was dedicated to traditional Iranian music which was highly welcomed by the festival's managers and audiences.

It hosted a performance of 'Mehraiin' band directed by Keyhani. The troupe's members were Samimi (kamancheh), Mohammadi (tar), Mohammadreza Raeisi (percussion).

Keyhani said on the sidelines of the performance that one of the most important features of the performance was the absence of sound systems which was not so common in Iranian concerts.

He added that in the musical modal system section, the ensemble performed concert without microphone, noting that it was welcomed by the audience.

Samimi described the participation of Iranian musicians in the Biennale as a turning point for Iranian music.

Speaking about absence of sound system, Samimi noted this was an instance of the high capacities of Iranian musical instruments.

The festival was held from October 7 to 16.

"The very personal language of the Iranians has cross-fertilized the Western and Middle–Eastern traditions to produce an evocative synthesis," said Fedele.

"Great interest and curiosity have been aroused by the Divertimento Ensemble's project featuring three works by three Iranian composers Alireza Farhang, Karen Keyhani and Mehdi Khayyami who rely on soloists playing traditional instruments of Persian music,' he added.

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