Alba Consort: Ancient Strains, Songs Foretold

Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 3:00pm

Sunday, October 30 @ 3pm

ALBA CONSORT presents:

Ancient Strains, Songs Foretold

Featuring the World Premiere of Reza Vali’s “Four Persian Mystic Poems”, a song cycle for Mezzo-soprano, Oud, Lute, Harp, Guitar and Percussion with Persian poems by Rumi, Hafez and Sepehri, in concert with Early Music performed on period instruments from the Caucasus to the Sea - including Persia, Armenia, Cyprus, North Africa and Iberia.

Sunday, October 30 3pm
St. John's in the Village
224 Waverly Pl New York, NY, 10014

Reception in the courtyard to follow

Composer Reza Vali will mark retirement with a pair of Persian music concerts at Carnegie Mellon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nov 2, 2022

The rhythms of Persian traditional music defy Western music notation. They’re intricate and complex and give the music a fluid sense of motion.

Persian music is also mostly improvised, or made up on the spot, according to stylistic rules.

“In a way it comes closest to jazz,” said Reza Vali, an Iranian-American composer who writes traditional and cross-cultural music for chamber ensembles and orchestras like the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has also been recorded widely, most recently at the Smithsonian Museum, and has also published books on Persian traditional music.





Pittsburgh Post-Gazette