NAT28 Portrait Concert

Friday, November 4, 2022 - 7:30pm
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Portrait Series:
The Music of Reza Vali

Friday, November 4th, 2022 @7:30 PM

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University

5000 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Kara Cornell: mezzo soprano
Khosrow Soltani: Persian wind instruments
The ensemble NAT 28, conductor: Daniel Curtis

World premiere of Kismet (Calligraphy No. 7) for three flutes.
World premiere of Sornâ (Folk Songs, Set No. 17) for Persian wind instruments and chamber ensemble. 
US premiere of Zand (Calligraphy No. 2), version for Ney and string trio.
US premiere of Hajiani for karnâ (shwam) and electronics.  

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