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Dance in Iran: A Talk by Dr. Mansoureh Sabetzadeh + Performance

August 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents “Dance in Iran,” a talk and presentation by Iranian music and dance scholar Dr. Mansoureh Sabetzadeh,” accompanied by linguist and dancer Dr. Robyn Friend (dance),Sirvan Manhoubi (oud), and Maziar Aghvami (tombak). Dr. Sabetzadeh will share the results of her field research on 460 Iranian dances and their history. Dr. Robyn Friend will dance pieces of Iranian and Central Asia dances. Sirvan Manhoubi and Maziar Aghvami will play pieces of Bokhara (Marvegi) music. This lecture is in Persian, English translation available where needed.

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

East Bay Media Center

1939 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Donations Are Suggested for Non-Students

About Mansoureh Sabetzadeh:
Mansoureh Sabtzadeh has a Ph.D. in Persian Language and Literature from the Islamic Azad University (Research and Science branch) in Tehran, Iran. Since 1994 she has been an Assistant Professor at the Islamic Azad University, South Tehran branch and as director of center for Iranian Musicology, she has coordinated related research programs. Dr Sabetzadeh is a scholar of Persian language and literature, dance, folklore, and traditional Iranian music, with an emphasis on musical influences in Persian language and literature. During 1994-2008, she taught Eastern music ( Tajic music),Traditional Iranian and Folk music at the universities of Tehran, Honar, Soureh and IslamicAzad (Center Branch) in Iran. During 1977 – 2014, Dr Sabetzadeh as pioneered research, collection and recording of Iranian musical dances. She is authoring the first Iranian Dance’s researchs .Sabetzadeh published books, articles, and more than 40 CDS on Persian literature, folk music and dance. 

About Robyn Friend:
Dr. Robyn Friend is a scholar of Near Eastern and Balkan linguistics, dance, folklore, and ethnology, with an emphasis on Central Asia and Iran. Robyn has studied dance with People’s Artist of Uzbekistan Viloyat Akilova, People’s Artist of Tajikistan Zaragol Iskandarova, and Tajik dance masters Sharofat Rashidova and Makhingol Nazarshoeva, as well as many other teachers.

Dr. Friend has a Ph.D. from UCLA in Iranian languages. She has studied several Iranian and Turkic dialects, including Persian, Tajiki, Suleimaniye Kurdish, modern standard Turkish, Azeri Turkish, Uzbek, Chaghatay, and Ottoman Turkish, as well as Russian, French, and Bulgarian. 

Dr. Friend teaches, mostly for the Iranian community, near Los Angeles. Her annual Silk Road Dance Weekend intensive draws students eager to learn about Iranian dance and culture from across the U.S. and around the world.

About Sirvan Mahnoubi: 
Sirvan started his musical journey at thirteen when he started taking Ta^r/Seh-Ta^r lessons under supervision of master Keivan Saket and master Behrooz Hemati. He later became interested in Oud, attending master Arsalan Kamkar’s classes and choosing Oud as his primary Instrument. 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). Sirvan formed Bamdad music ensemble focusing on Kurdish and Iranian Classical music, which 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 Ta^r Player for his most recent play “Tarabnameh” produced by Stanford Iranian Studies in 2016.

About Maziar Aghvami:
Maziar Aghvami received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with honors. He is now a Postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, and is interested in arts, especially music and calligraphy. He has been playing Tombak, Persian drum, and had several performances such as in University of Tehran, Connecticut Asian Nights, Iowa Latin Jazz Ensemble, and various World Music Festivals.


August 27, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This event is free. Donations are welcome.


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