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Strung Together: A Night of World Music Improvisation
September 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25 – $35
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents a creative, cross-cultural collaboration (Collaborative Project 2017), featuring a group of string musicians, each with a background in a tradition of improvisatory music(s) – from different musical cultures – in presenting their co-compositions of original culturally-eclectic music. Led by the UK-based composer and guitar player Rich Perks, gifted musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area, Faraz Minooei on santoor, Sirvan Manhoubi on oud, and Raman Osman on saz, will create a night of pure musical magic for us.
Friday, September 16, 2017, 7:00 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex
Tickets: $25 advance, $35 door
As both a guitarist and composer Rich exhibits a keen interest in anything unusual, progressive and innovative. As well as being an active gigging musician in the commercial industry, he performs much contemporary, experimental and improvised music, specialising in fretless electric guitar.Rich completed his PhD research at Brunel University in 2013, submitting a portfolio of compositions and accompanying thesis entitled, ‘Combining Musical Identities Through Composition and Improvisation’. He is a Lecturer in Music Performance at the University of Kent; Lecturer in Popular Music at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (London); and Associate Lecturer of Guitar at Brunel University (London). After graduating from Southampton University in the summer of 2003, Rich moved back to London and joined several function bands, with which he performed many gigs all over the UK. In the autumn of that year Rich enrolled at the Guitar Institute, on the degree programme, to study his instrument further under Shaun Baxter and Iain Scott, where he graduated in June 2006. At this time, Rich was performing as a guitarist with several bands and played at many prolific venues in London. Read More: http://richperks.net/
He also significantly benefited from Courses offered by Masters Mohamadrez Lotfi (Radif Navazi-Iranian classical music repertoire), Mehran Rohani (Priciples and history of music),and Siamak Jahangiri (Improvisation and Analysis of Radif).
* Vice secretary of student music foundation
* Awarded as Best Soloist in 3 Iranian music festivals in
*Iranian Music Festival, Shiraz 2006,
*Fifth music festival of students of the country, Tehran 2008.
*Iranian Soloist’s Festival, Tehran 2009.
* Playing in many Iranian music albums
* Compilation of the book “Mmusical Etudes Arranged for the Oud, Under printing.
* Cooperation with master Ardeshir Kamkar.
* Forming Bamdad music ensemble focusing on Kurdish and Iranian Classical music
Bamdad Ensemble performed many concerts with renowned Iranian singers such as Bijan Kamkar and Aziz Shahrokh. Sirvan is a MA graduate of archaeology from Tehran university. He has migrated to United States in 2015 and has been active in teaching and performing Iranian Classical and Kurdish music. He also cooperated with Writer/Director Bahram Bezaei, as composer and Tar Player for his most recent play “Tarabnameh” produced by Stanford Iranian Studies in 2016.Raman Osman: Raman Osman is a Kurdish composer and master tembûr (saz) musician from Al-Hasaka, Syria. He is a self-taught saz player and singer since he was eleven years old. In his early age he was exposed to a variety of music and cultural sources like Kurdish, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Assyrian and others.He has developed his own style in playing saz benefiting from the flexibility of his instrument. Raman has performed Kurdish music and songs at a variety of venues, including the Damascus Opera House, and several universities in Syria. Raman currently lives in Northern California where he regularly performs concerts of Kurdish music as a solo artist, as well as with artists from various world music traditions. Raman Osman performed as a guest artist with the UCSB Middle-East Music and Dance Ensemble for the fall concert 2014. Other performances including many concerts in Agoura Hills, Topanga, Berkeley, San Jose, Davis, Oakland and San Francisco.