Iranian Classical Music in a Historical and Contemporary Context is the fourth of six programs in the Center for World Music’s Spring 2021 Virtual Encounters with World Music and Dance series. This program is a celebration leading up to Nowruz (Persian New Year) 2021.
Iranian Classical Music in a Historical and Contemporary Context
Featuring Kourosh Taghavi with Ethnomusicologist Solmaz Shakerifard
March 14, 2:00 PM PST
This event will be live-hosted.
Interspersed between curated recorded performances, setar player Kou
Kourosh Taghavi will address questions from the audience throughout the program.
Registration is free. A link to the live stream will be provided in your confirmation email. If you’d like to support the artists and the program, donations will be welcomed.
About Kourosh Taghavi
Kourosh Taghavi is an Iranian-American setar
He has studied with the world-renowned Iranian mas
For over twenty years, Kourosh has been especially active throughout California teaching setar, lecturing, conducting workshops, recording original compositions, and composing for the theater and modern Iranian poetry—all to accomplish his quest of introducing and promoting Persian classical music to Americans.
Kourosh is a founding member of the Namâd Ensemble with which he has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His collaborations with renowned master artists such as Hossein Omoumi, Robert Bly, and Coleman Barks have been presented at prestigious cultural organizations: namely, San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Konya Mystic Music Festival, and Carlsbad and Del Mar Music festivals.
At San Diego State University, Kourosh taught the traditional repertoire (Radif) of Persian classical music and oversaw related Masters theses. His ongoing collaboration with the Center for World Music as a Teaching Artist has brought Persian music to many San Diego Pre-K-12 schools, where he provides students with high-quality, hands-on in-class instruction and with school-wide assembly performances. Recognizing the significance of music in early childhood education, he was instrumental in creating Epiphany Music—a project that caters to the youngest of our musical generation. Kourosh has designed age-appropriate curricula to teach music through participatory music-making in a fun-filled environment where children can thrive both musically and socially.
In 2008 Kourosh served as a master artist in the Alliance for California Traditional Art’s Apprenticeship Program.
About Solmaz Shakerifard
Solmaz Shakerifard is a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington, with a background in piano performance, music education, and ethnomusicology. Solmaz’s research interest lies at the intersections of artistic expression, music transmission, and power relations in both North American and the Middle Eastern contexts. In her doctoral research, Solmaz investigates how Iran’s sociopolitical transformations in the past century are manifested in Iranian soundscapes. By examining the teaching and performing practices of Iranian musicians, she interrogates the production of Iranian perceptions of ‘modernity,’ ‘nationalism,’ ‘authenticity,’ and the ‘West’. Her applied work focuses on developing anti-colonial approaches to music in North American higher education, with a focus on community collaboration. Solmaz plays piano and setar, and was a co-founder of the Ensemble Bayati in Seattle that specialized in the music from the Indian Ocean.
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