On Sunday, May 21, a capacity crowd at Schoenberg Hall heard Diār, a concert of Iranian music curated by new postdoctoral scholar Shahab Paranj. Diār featured traditional Persian music as well as world premieres by Paranj, Reza Vali, Ian Krouse, and Richard Danielpour. It was one of several events this weekend connected to the music of Iran, including a pre-concert lecture on the use of Persian instruments in composition, a separate performance by the Music of Persia Ensemble, and a post-concert panel discussing non-Eurocentric approaches to musical composition. The events, and Paranj’s appointment as a postdoctoral scholar, were graciously supported by Farhang Foundation.
We’ll have more to say about all the events in an upcoming story. In the meantime, enjoy the experience of Diār in pictures.