Volume. 11952

American quartet to highlight songs of Persian carpet weavers
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TEHRAN -- The Kronos Quartet, an American string group which is mostly known for its unique artistic vision and dedication to experimentation, plans to perform “Warp and Weft”, a piece composed by Iranian musician Sahba Aminikia based on the songs sung by Iranian carpet weavers at work.
The quartet will be performing the composition during a concert at the Brava Theater in San Francisco on April 12, Aminikia told the Persian service of ISNA on Saturday.
Aminikia was commissioned by the quartet to compose “Warp and Weft” and he spent four months at carpet weaving workshops in Kashan and Isfahan composing the work.
“The lyrics of the work songs are in fact the description of a carpet design, which is sung by one of the two weavers of a carpet and other weaver confirms that the color has been woven by saying ‘bali, bali’ (yes, yes),” he said.
“The other sounds in the piece are the noises, which are created by instruments used in carpet weaving,” he added.
Aminikia has also composed “The Tragedy of Sohrab” based on a story from Fedowsi’s Shahnameh for Kronos and the Living Earth Show, a San Francisco-based duo.
The groups performed the composition during a concert at San Francisco’s Z Space on February 8, 2014.     

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