|Konya dervishes to accompany Shams in Tehran concerts||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Sufi music ensemble Shams conducted by Keikhosro Purnazeri will be giving concerts here at Tehran’s Milad Tower for several nights running from October 31 to November 2.
Organized by Qoqnus Music Institute, a group of dervishes from Konya are also invited to perform sama, the Sufi ecstatic dance, during the concerts, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Monday.
In addition, composer and tambura virtuoso Tahmures Purnazeri, and vocalist and kamancheh virtuoso Sohrab Purnazeri will accompany the band.
Among the band members are Kaveh Gerayeli, Hossein Rezaii-Nia, Khorshid Dadbeh, Dariush Azar, Alireza Javadi and Najmeh Tajadod.
Shams always selects poems by Persian mystic and poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) for its performances, however, this time poems by contemporary poets Mohammad Hassan Moayyeri known as Rahi Moayyeri (1909-1968) and Mohammad (Hooman) Zakaii have also been added.
The ensemble gave a performance with dervishes from Konya in August 2008 in Tehran’s Sadabad Palace Museum.
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