by Sibarg Ensemble

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Though sonically representative of two different regions and cultures of the world, traditional Iranian music and jazz are both rooted in improvisational practices. The music of Iran is an improvisatory music occurring within a specific framework that includes traditional melodic and rhythmic structures combined with Iranian poetry. Jazz improvisation also incorporates established themes and rhythmic patterns; however, over the years, jazz has openly welcomed international musical cultures into its contemporary forms. In this album, the Sibarg Ensemble explores the concept of combining the sounds of Iranian music and American jazz through an intercultural improvised music making. By utilizing Iranian and Western instruments, including the kamâncheh, târ, robâb, vocals, piano, double bass, and drums the musicians draw on their own musical backgrounds while creating a unique dialogue with one another. Ultimately, this album cultivates something that is neither Iranian nor American, but rather a fluid soundscape that transgresses regional and cultural identifications.

Recorded by Chris Hobson at Rarefied Studio, San Diego, California
Recorded November 5, 2016
Additional recording by Saman Motamed
Mixed and mastered by Matt Baltrucki
Graphic design by Ebrahim Poustinchi

Sponsored by the Jordan Center for Persian Studies at UC Irvine
Special thanks to the Farhang Foundation for their continued support

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released February 1, 2018


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Sibarg Ensemble Irvine, California

World Music Ensemble, based in California, Sibarg was established in 2008 by Hesam Abedini at the Tehran Music Conservatory. Since 2015 Sibarg has been performing both Iranian/Jazz Improvised music and traditional Iranian music across the USA. Hesam Abedini (Vocals), Niloufar Shiri (Kamancheh), Ebrahim Poustinchi (Tar), Josh Charney (Piano), Kyle Motl (Bass), Andrew Munsey (Drums) ... more

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Track Name: Azal
Poem by Omar Khayyâm (1048-1131)
Track Name: Sâri Galin
Sang in Farsi and Armenian
Track Name: Cipher
Poem by Rumi (1207-1273)
Track Name: Four Parts
Poem by Fereydoon Moshiri (1926-2000)
Track Name: Deylamân
Poem by Sa’adi (1210-1291)
Track Name: Faryâd
Poem by Hafez (1315-1390)

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