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Golfam Khayam & Mona Matbou Riahi: Narrante

Read "Narrante" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Iranian guitarist Golfam Khayam and clarinetist Mona Matbou Riahi--also known as the Naqsh Duo--bring a whole host of additional influences to bear on the Persian musical traditions they grew up with in the collaborative music on Narrante. Khayam explains that “the freshness and purpose of improvisation come mostly from the Persian side, while the careful structure ...


News: Recording

Debut Album From Sehrang Transcends Barriers

The ethereal glow of Golnar Shahyar’s voice immediately lights up Dar Lahze, the debut album from Sehrang. Featuring vocalist Shahyar, guitarist Mahan Mirarab, and percussionist Shayan Fathi, Sehrang (which means “tri-colored” in Farsi) is a trio of Iranians whose compositions unite jazz with world and Persian folk music. It’s an exotic mix, one that transcends geographical ...


News: Interview

Interview: Mahan Mirarab Of Sehrang

Q: How did Sehrang form? A: Sehrang was formed in early 2013 in Vienna. We three Iranian Europe-based musicians got together with an idea to make music that we love to listen to and play such as jazz/world/folk/Latin and combine it with our Iranian roots. Besides the very strong personal and musical connection we share, our ...


Article: Album Review

Kayhan Kalhor / Erdal Erzincan: Kula Kulluk Yakisir Mi

Read "Kula Kulluk Yakisir Mi" reviewed by John Kelman

When Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan released The Wind (ECM, 2004), it was often shockingly beautiful evidence that jazz doesn't own the concept of improvisation--already a millennial concept when jazz first emerged in recognizable form at the turn of the 20th century. There are academics who now assert that “America's classical music" actually dates farther back, ...


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