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Refugee Artists in San Diego, June 2018

The Center for World Music celebrates the inaugural season of Songs and Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego, a CWM project that bridges the distance between San Diego’s refugee population and the general the public through the performing arts.

San Diego County is known as a relocation hub for those fleeing persecution and violence. Over the past year, CWM project volunteers and staff worked with local refugee communities to identify performers and artistic leaders. We then facilitated opportunities for these artists to creatively interface with the public, allowing audiences to become immersed in the traditions, journeys, and voices of those finding refuge in San Diego. Through creative arts the CWM aimed to share refugee experiences and contributions, reduce the social distance between San Diego public and its refugee communities, and encourage support of refugee communities.

During the month of June 2018, 49 musicians performed in three locations across the City of San Diego. The events, which drew large and enthusiastic audiences, were hosted by the San Diego Public Library system.

The Songs and Stories series opened on June 6 with Voices of Hope from Africa at the San Diego Central Library  The event featured Matrida Boazi, the Revelation Gospel Band, and Emmanuel Adamson, with the discussion led by Delores Fisher, musician and San Diego State University lecturer.

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Here’s a short video of the Voices of Hope concert.

The next event was Musicians of the Middle East on June 16 at the Logan Heights Branch Library. Featured were Fouad Sawa and the Al-Salam Ensemble, along with Dlan Dary. The discussion was led by Dr. Alex Khalil, neurocomputational ethnomusicologist and project scientist at the University of California, San Diego.

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See more of Musicians of the Middle East in this short video.

Culminating the series was Transformations Through Rhythm & Word on June 21 at the City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex. The program featured storyteller Ari Honarvar, poet/songwriter Shadi Amini, and Shiffa: Refugee Women’s Drum Circle, lead by Dilkwaz Ahmed, Ari Honarvar, and Christine Stevens. The discussion was led by Vikas Srivastava, musician, author, and advocate of non-violence and social equity.

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KPBS aired a nice video on Transformations Through Rhythm & Word.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This project was also made possible with matching funds from the Peacemakers Fund and through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library system.

Financial support was provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

The CWM expresses sincere thanks to the San Diego Refugee Forum, the International Rescue Committee, Musical Ambassadors of Peace, UpBeat Drum Circles, License to Freedom, and San Diego Newcomers Support & Development Programs.

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Ari Honarvar Transformation Through Word and Rhythm

Refugee Communities Celebrate World Music Day

Evening Edition, KPBS Public Television, June 29, 2018

Please take a look at this fine KPBS video report on the CWM’s June 21, World Music Day program Songs and Stories: Transformation Through Rhythm & Word.

Refugee communities from Iran and Irag participated in this event at the City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex. The event was part of the CWM’s 2018 series Songs and Stories: Refugee Artists from San Diego.

The video report was produced by Mika Kanke and Brian Meyers at Media Arts Center San Diego, with help from Speak City Heights. Thanks to them as well as to the crew at our favorite television station, KPBS, along with our friends at the San Diego Public Library.

Adler plays Khaen

Stirring Sounds from Thailand, Zimbabwe, Iran

La Jolla Light, February 11, 2016

The Center for World Music’s upcoming Passport to Worlds of Music series has been featured in the La Jolla Light.

CWM’s new executive director, Monica Emery, said she’s looking forward to introducing more people of all ages to the delights of world music. . . . ‘Our Passport concerts take place in an intimate setting, with the musicians actually walking you through their music, giving you special insights and inviting you to interact with them, as if they were in your living room.  You can bring your own wine, and we’ll have some snacks too.’

Read the full article:

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Kourosh Taghavi

Spotlight: Persian Classical Musician, Kourosh Taghavi

San Diego Participant Observer, March 12, 2015

Kourosh Taghavi, master of Persian classical music and pillar of the CWM’s World Music in the Schools program, is featured in an article by Amanda Kelly.

Kourosh Taghavi, instrumentalist, vocalist and Persian classical musician boasts a passionate approach to music that has impacted audiences around the world. His collaborative projects with master musicians and local cultural organizations work to fulfill his lifelong dream to promote Persian classical music. . . .  “It is a very holistic approach to music instead of just notation and sounds,” he says. “Your daily life is so attached to your music and your music is so attached to your daily life they are almost inseparable.”

Read the full article here.

The San Diego Participant Observer is published online by the Worldview Project.  It is a great source for keep up-to-date on cultural goings on in San Diego and environs. Thanks to Tom Johnston-O’Neill and the dedicated crew at the Worldview Project for their support of World Music in the Schools and other Center for World Music projects!

Events

Dornob Music of Iran

Dornob: Music of Iran

The 2015 SDSU-CWM World Music Series

Dornob: Music of Iran

Dornob is a collective of musicians – now spanning two generations – who’ve been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985. Their goals, in addition to friendship and fun, include learning the musical tradition, fostering creativity, and crossing cultural bridges.

Admision: $15 general/$12 students (advance purchase or at the door)

Cosponsored by the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the Center for World Music. Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Passport to World of Music

Passport to Worlds of Music Series

The Center for World Music and the Kalabash School of Music and the Arts presents Passport to Worlds of Music, an informal concert series of classical and folk music traditions from Asia and Africa. This unique music and lecture series will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the music of Thailand, Zimbabwe, and Iran.

February 27, 2016 — Music of Thailand
Presented by internationally renowned khaen performer Christopher Adler, Ph.D., USD, and Supeena Insee Adler, Ph.D., UCLA.

March 26, 2016 — Music of Zimbabwe
Performed by the mbira and marimba group Zimbeat, featuring Center for World Music teaching artist Garit Imhoff and Professor Randall Griswold, CSU San Marcos.

April 30, 2016 — Music of Iran  
Kourosh Taghavi, master traditional musician from Iran and Center for World Music teaching artist, will perform and provide insight into the exquisite world of Persian Classical Music.

5:30pm Doors Open
6:00pm Introductions and Performance Begins

Proceeds support world music programs for school children across San Diego County.

Purchase Tickets

We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to reserve your space. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, tickets are limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

These are casual BYOB events. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

 

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Kourosh Taghavi

Passport to Worlds of Music: Iran

This is the final concert of the Passport to Worlds of Music series. This special music and lecture concert will introduce you to the sounds, aesthetics, and cultural significance of the music of Iran.

Music of Iran  
Kourosh Taghavi, master traditional musician from Iran and Center for World Music teaching artist, will introduce us to the refined beauty of Persian classical music, focusing on the art of improvisation. Persian classical music consists of seven dastgah (modal systems) which have different intervals, characteristics, and emotions. He will improvise in one of the dastgah to demonstrate these artistic concepts.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

5:30pm Doors Open and light refreshments will be served.
6:00pm Introductions and performance begins.

Proceeds support world music programs for school children across San Diego County.

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Dornob Music of Iran

Dornob: Music of Iran

The 2016 SDSU-CWM World Music Series

Dornob: Music of Iran

Dornob is a collective of musicians – now spanning two generations – who’ve been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985. Their goals, in addition to friendship and fun, include learning the musical tradition, fostering creativity, and crossing cultural bridges.

Admision: $15 general/$12 students (advance purchase or at the door)

Cosponsored by the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the Center for World Music.

Directions: SDSU Parking Map and Instructions.

 

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Dornob Music of Iran

Dornob: Music of Iran

The 2017 SDSU-CWM World Music Series

Dornob: Music of Iran

Dornob is a collective of musicians—now spanning two generations—who’ve been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985. Their goals, in addition to friendship and fun, include learning the musical tradition, fostering creativity, and crossing cultural bridges.

San Diego is full of little treasures . . . The ensemble Dornob is one of those treasures, part of a quiet, below the radar trio of groups that work within the Persian (Iranian) music traditions to create a big, World Music sound. — Rebecca Romani for Vanguard Culture.

Admission: $10 college students • $15 seniors (62+), active military, SDSU affiliates • $20 general

Free Admission for elementary/middle school/high school students

Cosponsored by the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the Center for World Music.

Directions: SDSU Parking Map and Instructions.


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Passport Series Spring 2018

Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series 2018

The Center for World Music is pleased to announce an informal concert series of classical and folk music traditions that will immerse you in the sounds, aesthetics, cultural background, and meaning of music from a diverse selection of cultures from around the world.

Download the 2018 Passport to Worlds of Music Spring Series Flyer.


Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 7:00 PM
From Ireland to San Diego
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
La Jolla

 

 


Sheela BringiSunday, March 4, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Raga, Roots & Re-imaginings
Sheela Bringi with Clinton Patterson
& Miles Shrewsbery
Encinitas

 


Merja SoriaSaturday, March 24, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Singing the Ancient Memories
of Finland

Merja Soria
La Jolla

 


Dornob TrioSaturday, April 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Classical and Folk Music of Iran
The Dornob Trio
La Jolla

 

 


Nomsa Burkhardt

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Traditional Zulu Song, Dance,
& Stories

Nomsa Burkhardt
La Jolla

 


Venues

Kalabash School of Music and the Arts
5725 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Encinitas Branch Library, Community Room
540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024

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Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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Dornob Trio

Classical and Folk Music of Iran

Classical and Folk Music of Iran is the fourth of five concerts in the Center for World Music’s Passport to Worlds of Music Spring 2018 series.

Dornob Trio

The Dornob Trio presents a captivating sampling of the classical and folk music of Iran and the Iranian diaspora. Dornob is a multicultural, multigenerational collective of musicians learning and performing different styles of music (classical, folk, jazz-influenced) from Iran who have been playing Iranian music in San Diego since 1984. Their goals, in addition to friendship and fun, include learning the musical tradition, fostering creativity, and crossing cultural bridges. The Dornob Collective was recently nominated in the category of Best World Music for the San Diego Music Awards 2018.

A sampling of their music may be found on cdbaby.

Mahmood Shamshiri: ney, voice

Mahmood Shamshiri is a singer, keyboardist, and ney (end-blown flute) player. He has recorded two albums of Persian pop music under his own name and two Persian classical and folk music albums with Dornob. Mahmood’s area of specialty is Bandari music of his native Khuzestan (southwestern Iran). The Dornob Collective’s “Los Bandaritos” project is an attempt to preserve, and update, some of this popular and rhythmic Afro-Arab-influenced music of the Persian Gulf region.

Farhad Bahrami: tar, guitar

Iranian-American musician Farhad Bahrami arrived in San Diego in the late 1970s and studied music composition at SDSU, graduating in 1984. Since then he has continued arranging, performing, and teaching in San Diego. In the 1990s he was fortunate to study Persian tar (long-necked, plucked instrument) with the great Ostad Lotfi and the vocal radif (repertoire) with Ostad Omoumi. Farhad is Dornob’s musical director.

Dara Bamoradi: qanun, tombak, guitar

Dara graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Tehran. There he studied the theory and history of Persian classical music specializing on the qanun zither. He studied qanun with master Ms. Maliheh Saeidy, tombak with Mohammad Molaei and master Esmaeily, and guitar with Firouz Veysanlou. Since moving to San Diego he has collaborated with Dornob Collective playing numerous concerts and appearing on 3 albums.

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Program

This program will be an intimate mini-concert, providing the audience opportunity to interact with the artist.

6:30pm – Doors open. Casual reception prior to the performance.
7:00pm – Performance begins.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, seating is limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets $20
Online Processing Fee $2

Read more about the Dornob Collective.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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Transformation Through Rhythm & Word

Songs and Stories: Transformation through Rhythm & Word

The Songs and Stories series aims to highlight musicians and artists from within San Diego’s refugee communities. Through lively performances and real conversations, the CWM hopes to immerse audiences in the cultures and journeys of a seldom heard segment of the vibrant and diverse fabric of San Diego’s population. 


Transformation through Rhythm & Word

Join us as we delve into the transformative nature of rhythm and word. In celebration of World Music Day/Make Music Day we will encourage participation and sharing in the experience of parallel beating hearts. This program is participatory and includes drumming. The CWM will provide instruments. No prior musical experience necessary.

Ari Honarvar – Speaker, Performer, Translator, and Author

Ari HonarvarAri Honarvar was born in Shiraz, Iran. The Iran-Iraq war formed the background for her childhood. Coming from a family which strongly carried the legacies of Persian poets such as Rumi and Hafez, she has been drawn to share that artistic and spiritual wealth here in the USA which has been her home since age 14.

Her productions of A Thousand Faces of Love feature the poetry of Rumi. She presents a dynamic program including poems in Farsi and English in the form of Deklameh, Rumi stories, dance and the stories of Ari’s own encounters with the soul-saving power of poetry growing up during the Iran-Iraq War.


Shadi Amini – Poetry and Song

Shadi Amini

Shadi Amini is a poet, singer, and songwriter born in Tehran, Iran. Raised in a family that loved music, her grandfather was the source of life-long memories of Dashti, a form of traditional Persian music, being performed in her home. Growing up in this environment, Shadi loved singing old Persian songs in the company of her family and friends.

From the time she could write, Shadi composed stories and poetry that later served as lyrical inspiration for the songs she would create later in life. She was encouraged by her early teachers to continue developing her skills as a poet. Shadi’s need to express her emotions through words motivated her to study guitar so she could sing the poetry she so passionately wrote.

Pursuing her love of poetry and music as a profession, Shadi hopes to provoke the same passion in others that she has experienced herself.

Shifaa: Refugee Women’s Drum Circle – Music and Rhythm

Facilitated by Dilkwaz Ahmed, Ari Honarvar, and Christine Stevens

Refugee Woman's Drum Circle

Music lives inside refugees in El Cajon. From the driving Arabic beat to the mystical scales of the Middle East, music brings them home, holds memories, and invokes healing energy.  It is a cultural salve.

The Refugee Women’s Drum Circle started six years ago through a collaboration of Musical Ambassadors of Peace, UpBeat Drum Circles, and License to Freedom. The rhythms of cultural sharing allow for empowerment through community building, trust, and creative expression. The group includes women from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. The group is honored to share their creativity, songs, rhythms, and dance, not as a performance, but as an invitation to engage in a direct experience of unity through sound

The main coordinator is Dilkwaz Ahmed, award-winning woman’s rights activist and director of License to Freedom. Co-founder Christine Stevens brings music therapy expertise and experience working in northern Iraq. The group is facilitated by Ari Honarvar, founder of Rumi with a View, from Shiraz, Iran. The group is funded by Musical Ambassadors of Peace.

Vikas Srivastava – Discussant

Vikas SrivastavaVikas Srivastava is a lifetime musician, having performed on stage since the age of four in genres from traditional Indian music to punk, funk, jazz and Afro-beat.  For Vikas, music has always served as a medium for spiritual growth, multicultural identity and community solidarity. As a first generation American of Indian descent, he utilizes music and poetry to represent himself as part of socio-cultural groups and as a unique individual. He is also a longtime scholar and advocate of non-violence and social equity. Over the last 20 years, Vikas has integrated his research and practice of non-violent social change through arts and technology as a classroom teacher, administrator, consultant and public speaker for K-12 schools. His template for Gandhian School Design was published in The Living Gandhi (Penguin Books, 2013).  He currently works as an educational consultant, teaching mentor, and public speaker. He performs regularly with his international improv ensemble Born Again Buddha.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and Kids for Peace, as well as the advisory board for Encinitas Friends of the Arts.

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This project was also made possible with matching funds from the Peacemakers Fund and through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library system.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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Songs & Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

Songs & Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

The Center for World Music announces Songs and Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego, a concert series that will highlight musicians and artists from within San Diego’s refugee communities.


Matrida Umoja

Saturday, June 9, 2018 – 2:00 PM
Voices of Hope From Africa
San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 

 

 

Dlan DarySaturday, June 16, 2018 – 2:00 PM
Musicians of the Middle East
Logan Heights Branch Library
567 S 28th St., San Diego, CA 92113

 

 

 

Iraqi Refugee Women's CircleThursday, June 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Make Music Day/World Music Day Event
Transformation through Rhythm & Word
City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex
3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, CA 92105

 


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This project was also made possible with matching funds from the Peacemakers Fund and through a partnership with the San Diego Public Library system.

Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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Kourosh Taghavi

Virtual Encounters: Iranian Classical Music

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 PDT
Free Live Stream – View the Recorded Stream

Interspersed between curated recorded performances, setar player Kourosh Taghavi and ethnomusicologist Solmaz Shakerifard will discuss the historical and contemporary context of Iranian classical music within the Persianate world. They will explore the relationship between Iranian music and Persian poetry, the significance of the voice, and the close historical relationship between Iranian music and its neighboring musical traditions. This discussion will also consider how Iranian classical music has changed over time, how its traditional boundaries have been pushed, and how such transformations have been received by Iranians, both in Iran and within the Iranian diaspora.

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.

Download the Event Program Notes, here.

About Kourosh Taghavi

Kourosh Taghavi is an Iranian-American setar player, composer, and teacher based in San Diego, California.

He has studied with the world-renowned Iranian master musicians Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Hossein Alizadeh. These ongoing studies have served as the source for his unique approach to the evolving art of Iranian music. Kourosh’s passionate approach to music forms the basis of his many collaborations with numerous artists who perform both traditional and modern forms of Iranian music. These collaborative projects fulfill his lifelong passion for raising awareness of the importance of music in people’s lives.

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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