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
Western criticism considers Reza Vali as the “Persian Bartók”, given that he combines traditional work with modern compositional techniques, follows formal procedures and uses effective and enchanting rhythms.
Antonio Baldassarre and Tatjana Markovic, Music Cultures in Sounds, Word and Images