Toward That Endless Plain: Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra was a joint commission from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. It was written for the Persian ney master Khosrow Soltani and is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Soltani's wife Farzaneh Navai who passed away while Vali was writing this piece. The entire musical material of the concerto is derived from the Dástgâh / Mághâm system including the Western-sounding sections as well as the violent and atonal beginning of the piece.
Toward That Endless Plain
"Vali's pieces are haunting. They are also full of pungent sonorities, and ingenious combinations."
Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer