Iranian ensemble to perform at Venice music festival

May 28, 2016

TEHRAN – Iranian ensemble Mehraein will give a performance during the 60th International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Venice Biennial, which will be held from October 7 to 16.

The performance will be held in two parts on October 16, the organizers have announced. 

The renowned Italian ensemble Divertimento is also scheduled to join Mehraein in the first part of the concert,while the second the part will be dedicated to traditional Iranian music.

Mehraein features Saman Samimi and Mehdi Khayami on kamancheh, Karen Keyhani on santur, Milad Mohammadi and Alireza Farhang on tar and Mohammadreza Raisi on percussion.

“The great interest and curiosity have been aroused by the Divertimento Ensemble’s project featuring three works by three Iranian composers Alireza Farhang, Karen Keyhani and Mehdi Khayyami who rely on soloists playing the traditional instruments of Persian music,” Ivan Fedele, the director of the festival has mentioned.

“Their very personal language has cross-fertilized the Western and Middle–Eastern traditions to produce an evocative synthesis,” He added.

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