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The western music that is playing this week in … Iran

We’ve received this newsletter from Hermes Records and found it worth sharing. You don’t read much about music under the mullahs.

1 – Rea (Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin) released and available from Wednesday January 16, 2013

Hermes Records celebrates its 13th anniversary and 70th release with Nik Baertsch’s Ronin and the album “Rea”. Founded in 2001 by the  Swiss composer and pianist Nik Bärtsch which he called their style “Zen-Funk”, their music consistently follows the same aesthetic vision under various instrumental guises: creating the maximum effect by minimal means. Despite the multiplicity of the band’s influences, Ronin’s music always possesses a strong individuality. They incorporate elements of disparate musical worlds, be they funk, new classical music, Jazz or sounds from Japanese ritual music. The music consists of very few phrases and motives, continually combined and layered in new ways. Ronin thus creates a consistent aesthetic across all levels of musical expression. Composition, phrasing, sound structure, performance, and musical form all combine to form a system of interrelated elements. Till now 4 albums of Ronin has been released under the prestigious label ECM. Many also may remember Ronin’s successful performances at the Ivane Shams Hall in Tehran last year.

ralph van raat

2 – Ralph van Raat in Concert

The well known Dutch Pianist goes on stage in Tehran at the Roudaki Hall on February 14 and 15, 2013, playing Koechlin, Paert, Debussy, Bach and Mashayekhi.  Ticket booking to be announced soon. To read more about the artists click here.

Ralph van Raat’s concert takes place with the kind support of the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)

tarkovsky

3 – Tarkovsky Quartet in Concert

The famous Tarkovsky Quartet  (Francois Couturier, Anja Lechner, Jean Louis Matinier and Jean March Larche) play live at the Tehran Vahdat Hall on February 16 and 17. The unique band founded by François Couturier continues to draw inspiration from the films of Andrei Tarkovsky as its frame of reference expands. What began with Nostalghia: Song for Tarkovsky (ECM, 2006) and continued with the solo piano in Un jour si blanc (ECM, 2009) has reached its culmination on this third outing as the Tarkovsky Quartet. Ticket booking to be announced soon. To read more about Tarkovsky Quartet click here.

 

4 – Renaud Garcia-Fons in Concert

The world known Double-Bass virtuoso goes on stage in Tehran at the Roudaki and Vahdat Hall on February 18 and 19.  Notable for his customized 5-stringed bass, Garcia-Fons’ music is influenced by jazz and classical music as well as flamenco, musette and “imaginary folklore” traditions. Ticket booking to be announced soon. To read more about the artists click here.

 

5 –Help us improve

With the passionate support of all Hermesians and over 100 musicians and artists, we were able to create and present music for 13 years. Your feedbacks are an essential part for our improvement. We humbly ask you all to write us your comments and notes to hermes13@hermesrecords.com. Help us to continue.

 

God bless all music lovers

Hermes Records

هرمسی های عزیز

 

1 –رِه آ  (گروه رونین) - هفتادمین آلبوم در سیزدهمین سالگرد تاسیس نشر موسیقی هرمس – 28 دی 1391

هفتادمین آلبوم نشر موسیقی هرمس از روز چهارشنبه 28 دی ماه همرمان با سیزدهمین سالگرد تاسیس این شرکت در کلیه فروشگاه های کتاب و موسیقی عرضه خواهد شد. گروه 5 نفره رونین یکی از چندین پروژه های موسیقایی نیک برتش (پیانیست،آاهنگساز) هنرمند مستعد و متفاوت سوئیسی است.  در بافت آثار رونین اگرچه خصوصیات موسیقی فانک، موسیقی آیینی ژاپن، موسیقی کلاسیک و جز یافت می‌شود اما در نهایت بشدت مستقل است و به سختی بتوان برای آن مشابه یا مترادفی یافت. در موسیقی رونین نوعی پیچیدگی ساده و سادگی پیچیده نهفته است. اغلب قطعات تمی ساده دارند که بتدریج توسعه می یابند و لایه های جدیدی به آن اضافه می شود. موسیقی دوستان شاید اجرای این گروه در بهمن ماه سال 1390 در تالار ایوان شمس تهران را به خاطر داشته باشند. گروه رونین  تا کنون 4 آلبوم موفق نیز با شرکت معظم ای سی ام منتشر کرده است.

 

2 – رسیتال پیانو، رالف فان رات – 26 و 27 بهمن در سالن رودکی

رالف فان رات پیانیست مشهور به اجرای آثاری از باخ، آروو پرت، فیلیپ دبوسی و علیرضا مشیخی می پردازد و بخش مهم برنامه او نیز به مجموعه “ساعات ایرانی” اثر آهنگساز شهیر فرانسه “شارل کوچلن” اختصاص می یابد. زمان و نحوه بلیط فروشی بزودی اعلام خواهد شد. جهت مطالعه زندگی نامه این هنرمند، اینجا کلیک کنید.
این رویداد با حمایت هواپیمایی ک ال ام برگزار می شود.

 

3 – کنسرت کوارتت تارکوفسکی – 28 و 29 بهمن تالار وحدت

این گروه که متشکل از هنرمندان صاحب نام فرانسوی و آلمانی است، آثار خود را ملهم از فیلم های تاثیرگذار کارگردان بزرگ سینمای جهان آندره تارکوفسکی می سازد به اجرا خواهند پرداخت. . فرانسوا کوتوریه، موسس این گروه، در زمره هنرمندان مطرح فرانسه است که بسیاری در ایران او و دیگر همراهش در این کوارتت (ژان لویی متینیه) را با دو آلبوم انور براهم (هنرمند شهیر تونسی) می شناسند. آنیا لخنر نوازنده ویلنسل کوارتت نیز همچون کوتوریه (پیانو)، متینیه (آکوردئون) و ژان مارک لارش (ساکسوفن سوپرانو) در زمره هنرمندان شرکت پیشروی موسیقی ای سی ام قرار دارد که موسیقی دوستان

بی شک دوئت های او با دینو سالوتزی هنرمند آرژانتیتی و کوارت روزاموند را به یاد دارند. زمان و نحوه بلیط فروشی بزودی اعلام خواهد شد.
جهت مطالعه بیشتر در باره کوارتت تارکوفسکی اینجا کلیک کنید.

 

4 – کنسرت رنو گارسیا فونس – 30 بهمن و اول اسفند تالار وحدت، سالن رودکی

کنترباس نوار مشهور فرانسوی که تباری کاتلان دارد و برای جز دوستان نامی آشنا است طی دو روز به تکنوازی با کنترباس 5 سیم و دست ساز خود می پردازد. زمان و نحوه بلیط فروشی بزودی اعلام خواهد شد. جهت مطالعه زندگی نامه این هنرمند اینجا کلیک کنید.

 

5 – و حمایت های شما

نشر موسیقی هرمس 13 سال پر فراز و نشیب را با همدلی و حمایت مخاطبان وفادارش و بیش از 100 هنرمند نوگرای ایرانی و خارجی سپری کرد. ما را از پیشنهادات و انتقادات خود بی نصیب نگذارید. برای ما بنویسید. به هر نگارش و زبانی که دوست دارید. اما بنویسید. به ما کمک کنید تا ادامه بدهیم. پیام هایتان را به hermes13@hermesrecords.com ایمیل کنید.

 

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Comments

  1. Andrew Hyde says:

    Fascinating stuff!

    Speaking of music in the Middle East, Norman, I wonder have you seen this report and if you can shed any light on it – presumably you can get close to the source? http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2013/02/12/gustavo-dudamel-considers-boytcotting-future-israeli-appearances-after-abusive-shin-bet-airport-screening/

  2. neil van der linden says:

    It is absolutely not the first time that Western music sounds in Iran. Not that Norman is suggesting so but still it can be helpful to add a few remarks. I was the coordinator from the Dutch side of Ralph van Raat’s brief tour through Shiraz and Teheran, like I have been coordinating on tours before in Iran and in other Middle-East countries. Yesterday Ralph had his first performance in Shiraz. As he had a flu during the last few days he changed the program a bit, Bach-Busoni was shelved, and now it was some Debussy preludes, parts from Koechlin’s Les Heures Persanes, pieces by Arvo Pärt, a piece by Dutch post-modernist Joep Franssen, and some pieces by Iranian avant-gardist Alireza Mashaeyekhi (once a student at the Gaudeamus House in Bilthoven, the Netherlands, and at the Sonologic Institute in Utrecht and leader of the Teheran Ensemble for Contemporary Music), including a duet with a former student of Ralph, Aida, an Iranian pianist living in America. Ramin Sadighi is the manager of the Iranian label Hermes, a sort of Iranian ECM, indeed sometimes a partner of ECM in certain productions; other artists in this section of the festival are French double-bass player Renaud Garcia-Fons, who moves in the field between avantgarde jazz and world music, and the Tarkovski Quartet, one of the acts on ECM records. During recent years there have been more Dutch and other Western performers in this festival in Teheran and Shiraz. Early music violinist Johannes Leertouwer with solo violin pieces by Bach and contemporaries, the Schonbrünn Ensemble with Mozart and Mendelssohn, the Storioni Trio with Beethoven and Brahms, tenor Marcel Beekman and lutist David van Oijen along with Iranian instrumentalists in cantatas by Bach and other mostly religious songs from early and later Baroque, the Dutch Yuri Honing Trio with avantgarde jazz, Oriental fusion ensemble Tarhana and the Rodion Trio with Rachmaninov, Clara Schumann and Saint-Saens. There has been more Western classical music from other countries, including – because of the taboo of female singers singing solo in public – a Pierrot Lunaire by an Italian ensemble with a male Sprechsänger. Andfestival coordinator Ramin Sadighi meanwhile introduces a whole array of ECM acts. However there are enough Iranian ensembles that perform from the Western classical repertoire in the festival, from all periods, but mostly 19th century and Russian and of course neighbour Armenian repertoire from the early 20th century. In recent years the Teheran Big Band, an ensemble of youthful enthousiasts on woodwind and brass, played there own arrangement of the Pink Panther Theme, some Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington classics, some Beatles songs and even I will survive made famous by Gloria Gaynour, to which the hall went wild, as far as the rules for behaviour in public allowed. This is not to suggest that Iran is a garden of liberties, but it is to convey that the strong cultural tradition of Iran moves on, and might one day gain the upper hand.

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