In recent years Alireza Ghorbani has established himself as on of the new generation's masters of Persian song. This recognition has come about as much by the range of his repertoire, accuracy and naturalness of voice as it has by his impeccable taste and uncompromising approach. With him, the musical tradition has been revitalised, renewed, transcended. Firstly by his real musical creativity in interpreting new compositions inspired by contemporary poets. Then in the technical and stylistic contribution he brings in to play on the evolution of the musical tradition. Virtuosity, ornamentation, invention, the ability to improvise on the poetic texts may be qualities common to several current Iranian artists, but what remains remarkable about Ghorbani is the conjunction of all these perfections in a single singer.
A brilliant kaleidoscope of textures. In Western music, percussion generally supports a singer or other musical instruments, rarely playing a starring role in its own right. "Dawar", the latest recording from Trio Chemirani, turns this notion on its head. Richard Marcus listened to the album and was astounded by the diversity of sound and feelings that three musicians are able to create using just a few instruments.
Shot undercover in Iran’s teeming capital, this brave low-budget film speaks volumes about the everyday repressions faced by middle-class, literate Iranians — a focus only intensified by the recent presidential election and its continued aftermath of mass protest and state-sanctioned clampdown.