1924 – September 2004
Iran album strikes web protest note : Young Iranians, with their fondness for Western music, are not the natural market for the country’s leading classical Persian musician, Mohammad Reza Shajarian. But his latest album has caused a stir among the Iranian online community, with web users urging others to attend Mr Shajarian’s concerts and to buy his album, … link to the article / listen to Put down your gun, wonderful words of Fereydoon Moshiri – I didn’t find an English translation of this poem, please let me know if you find one.
These last weeks were intense.
It was like riding on a roller coaster with an odd promiscuity of joy and horror. It is very difficult for me to write anything in the midst of all these extremes. Fortunately Zizek has a “do nothing” rational for those like myself: keep quiet instead of adding more noise to all the noise.
h/t to Nazy from Berkeley
Santurnavazan Ensemble perform “Ze Ba’ad e Ma,” (Beyond our Path) at Tehran University
See also: Ardavan Kamkar
This deserves a separate post. I had it initially attached to the previous post Mouseland: both borrowed from Renegade Eye‘s blog.
Here are the wonderful High school musicians from Venezuela. Don’t miss Arturo Márquez‘ Danzón No. 2 at minute 6.50 directed by Gustavo Dudamel
Founded in 1975 by the very inspiring José Abreu, El Sistema is a publicly financed voluntary sector music-education program in Venezuela. “Our first goal is not to create professional musicians,… Our goal is to rescue the children.” Lennar Acosta, now a clarinetist in the Caracas Youth Orchestra and a tutor at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, had been arrested nine times for armed robbery and drug offenses before the sistema offered him a clarinet.
See also: Venezuela youths transformed by music
I didn’t learn anything like that in high school, not much else either. Anyway here I am on the obsessive-compulsive mode, listening to the second part over and over again:)
“Global Zoo is how KIOSK sees the world today; the dialogue of civilizations apparently hasn’t worked too well and as a consequence the world has turned into a zoo, as opposed to a jungle where the inhabitants at least have their freedom. Even though we all left Iran many years ago, we still haven’t completely settled down, and maybe that’s why we have been so attracted to and influenced by Gypsy Jazz music on the new album.“
“[…] the lyrics of Arash Sobhani (lead vocalist , songwriter and guitarist) continues the social commentary on a wide variety of issues affecting the daily lives of Iranians all over the world.”
A folk song in this album features the great Namjoo as a guest vocalist.
Mearsheimer and Finkelstein debate and other Al Jazeera coverage on the Israel lobby at Reclaiming space (don’t forget the comment section) Many interesting posts at The Fanonite
Un Belge au pays des Iranians: Face à la réthorique guerrière des USA contre l’Iran, on va à la rencontre des Iraniens et de leur pays. Sans pouvoir donner une image complète de la réalité complexe de l’Iran l’idée est de décrire au mieux ma perception de la vie quotidienne…
Rochong is back and angry … like the rest of us.
Pedestrian writes things and I get obsessed with other things, the voice and the music…
A few links: Iranian blogospher tests government’s limits, NYT
The above articles are based on a Harvard study: Mapping Iran’s online public: Politics and culture in the Persian blogosphere
Inside Iran, a CBC documentary
Young republic by Nooshin J. Navidi: Navidi made her first trip to Iran in Spring 2006 to explore the country for sixth months. Born in Southern California to an Iranian father and Korean mother, Nooshin graduated from Stanford University with a Masters in Sociology and Bachelor in Communications.
More videos on Iran including American life in Iran, 1975
Link via Peyman
More links/events at Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute
Peace Corps Writers Blog: Iran