SEATTLE-ISFAHAN MUSIC PROJECT

The Seattle-Isfahan Music Project is an exciting new collaborative venture between classical musicians in Seattle, WA and Isfahan, Iran.  Led by award-winning guitarist Naeim Rahmani and with support from the Seattle-Isfahan Sister Cities Advocacy,  the project creates a collaborative workspace where performers and composers from the two cities can come together to bring exciting new works into the classical guitar repertoire.  

PROJECTS

Thirty

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33, has to do with the water crisis that is happening now in Iran, particularly the drought that is affecting the Zayandeh-Roud river, the river that gave birth to the city of Isfahan. The project title 33 refers to the 33 arches that make up the most famous bridge across the river. As in my first project, The Wheel, the compositions will again incorporate poetry, this time from the Iranian contemporary poet Sohrab Sepheri, whose poetry is closely tied to nature and man’s interaction with it. 

THE

WHEEL

                     Seattle World Premiere of The Wheel,

                       Inspired by Omar Khayyam’s Rubai's,

for Mandolin Orchestra, Guitars, Strings

and Voice

The Wheel, featuring music from a new generation of Iranian and American composers, is based on the Rubā‘iyyāt of Omar Khayyam, the 12th-century Persian poet-astronomer.
In the poetry of Khayyam, the wheel is a metaphor that can signify the cycle of life, the astronomical cycles, or the process of creation, often expressed at the action of a potter at his wheel. In choosing The Wheel as the name for this project, I was strongly drawn to this theme in Khayyam’s poetry, particularly the idea of our place in the universe and the transitory nature of life. I imagined a circular movement from one line to the next that creates a relationship between the poem’s structure and the musical composition.

THE

WHEEL

                     Seattle World Premiere of The Wheel,

                       Inspired by Omar Khayyam’s Rubai's,

for Mandolin Orchestra, Guitars, Strings

and Voice

The Wheel, featuring music from a new generation of Iranian and American composers, is based on the Rubā‘iyyāt of Omar Khayyam, the 12th-century Persian poet-astronomer.
In the poetry of Khayyam, the wheel is a metaphor that can signify the cycle of life, the astronomical cycles, or the process of creation, often expressed at the action of a potter at his wheel. In choosing The Wheel as the name for this project, I was strongly drawn to this theme in Khayyam’s poetry, particularly the idea of our place in the universe and the transitory nature of life. I imagined a circular movement from one line to the next that creates a relationship between the poem’s structure and the musical composition.