Music Without Borders
August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm$20 - $35
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Music Without Borders, an enchanting concert by vocalists Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai. Lyric Soprano,Hamid Najafi, and Daniel Lockert on piano. Music has no borders. Let Raeeka and Hamid take you through a musical journey from European Opera to American Broadway and to the rich musical landscape of Iran.
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:00 pm
Community School of Music and Arts; 230 San Antonio Circle; Mountain View, CA 94040
Tickets: $20 Students/Seniors (onlne only); $25 advance; $35 door
About Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai:
Iranian soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai possesses a unique fusion of versatility, strength, and sensitivity in both her singing and stage presence. Her 2015-16 season included performances of Jenny Smith (The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny) and Mahler Symphony No. 8 with Redwood Symphony, Beethovens Symphony No. 9 with Prometheus Symphony, Despina (Così fan tutte) and Cinderellas Step Mother (Into the Woods) with Center Stage Opera, Mrs. Gleaton (Susannah) with Pasadena Opera, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Berkeley Chamber Orchestra, and Chrysothemis (Elektra) in a private performance produced by Maestro Kent Nagano. An avid interpreter of Persian folksongs and melodies, she founded the Persian Melody Project in 2007 in collaboration with composer David Garner and performed the songs with Oakland East Bay Symphony, Redwood Symphony and in orchestral concerts in Southern California, San Francisco and New York City with Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian. The Projects first album was recorded in June 2016. In 2017 she will be singing Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with West Bay Opera, and premier the roles of The Woman in scenes from Alden Jenks new opera Afterworld and Nellie in David Garners opera Mary Pleasant at Lands End with Maestro Ian Robertson from San Francisco Opera.
About Hamid Najafi:
Hamid trained as a classical singer and has recorded three CDs, in addition to a number of singles, that are all distributed through online music channels. He has performed at Opera San Jose and West Bay Opera in addition to a number of recitals.
His “day job” is starting and running tech startups. He is currently the CEO of Sensoplex and CTO of Alea Labs, both of which he co-founded. Hamid has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and has numerous patents in the field of communications and wireless systems.
About Daniel Lockert:
Pianist, organist, and harpsichordist, Daniel Lockert, obtained his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance with a minor in organ from Loma Linda University; and a Master’s in Accompanying at USC – Los Angeles, studying with the originator of the degree, Gwendolyn Koldofsky.
Daniel was only American finalist at the first International Accompanying Competition in Den Haag, Holland. As pianist-collaborator, he has played Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the USA, partnering with many singers of the Metropolitan Opera, including Deborah Voigt.
Daniel has music directed theatrical productions including I Do! I Do!, Fiddler on the Roof, Side by Side by Sondheim, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow, Company, Into the Woods, Light in the Piazza, Showgirls, The Star, and Noel. He has music directed or assisted composer Craig Bohmler on compositions including Enter the Guardsman (on the QE2 cruise ship), and All the More to Love. Daniel has accompanied cabaret performances at the former Plush Room, 42nd Street Moon, Marin Theater Company, Society Cabaret, and Feinstein’s; and he and his wife, Jenny Matteucci, perform cabaret themselves as the Mattlock Duo.
Daniel has been on the staffs and faculties of the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University, Cal State East Bay, and the Aspen Music Festival. He is currently professor of Collaborative Piano at Notre Dame de Namur University, as well as Staff Accompanist at Mills College. This summer he will be accompanist for the chorus at the Mendocino Music Festival.