Multiflora DIY Fest & Aftab Committee presents: "Shab-e-Mehregan شب مهرگان".
A night celebrating Persian culture and heritage.
This concert is presented as part of Multiflora's DIY multicultural music festival, in collaboration with Aftab Committee, taking place in multiple venues across Washington DC in October 2017.
The Aftab Committee is a Washington, D.C.-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Iranian-American artists and their works. By raising awareness, advocating education, and facilitating various events and exhibits, Aftab aims to build a bridge between the American public and Iranian-American artists and art. To learn more visit: Aftabcomm.org
"Huda&Kamyar هدى وكاميار
A Palestinian oud player and an Irani Daf player meet in Washington DC. A mystical journey and an exploration of the region's rich musical repertoire begins. The duo delves into the universe of Mashriq rhythms to create a transcending musical dialogue, influenced by the zaar, sufi thikr and more.
"Ava Shadmani" (1991, Iran) is currently a Masters of Music in Violin Performance degree candidate at University of Maryland under supervision of David Salness, and holds a BM in Violin Performance from University of Tehran where she graduated in 2014.
Ava is a former violinist of Arvand String Quartet. A very active chamber group in Iran that has appeared in several performances and recordings with the goal of bringing classical music into more accessible venues. In addition to being an active chamber musician she worked with most of the professional Iranian Orchestras such as Tehran Symphonic Orchestra, Parsian Chamber Orchestra, and Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a woman from Iran who has always carried a deep passion for Persian culture and music, she started playing Kamanche (Iranian bowed string instrument) outside the academic environment and under one of the greatest masters of Iranian music Ardeshir Kamkar.
"Kimia Hesabi" was born in a musical family in Esfahan, Iran. She grew up learning the Iranian percussion instrument Tombak and performed alongside her father until the age of 16. Since that age Kimia began learning the viola while being a student at the Esfahan School of the Fine Arts where she received her High SchoolHonors Diploma. Kimia then moved to Tehran to study at The University of Tehran, School of the Fine Arts and Music. Ms. Hesabi Graduated top of her class at University of Tehran and worked with some of Iran’s most professional orchestras such as The Iranian National Orchestra, Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra and The Parsian Chamber Orchestra. She was a nominated performer at the division of recognized talents in the Fadjr International Music Festival in 2013.Kimia moved to the United States in summer of 2014 to study under Professor Hillary Herndon at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her Master’s degree from UTK and was honored to be a recipient of the prestigious Thomas Fellowship during her time there. She was also the viola studio TA and a member of the Graduate String Quartet. Kimia is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Degree at The University of Maryland under Professor Katherine Murdock. Kimia is extremely passionate about promoting the music of Iran and aims to organize various performances featuring the music and culture of her country.