World Premiere of String Quartet No. 5 "Gavesht" by Del Sol String Quartet

Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
San Francisco, CA

3rd Annual Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival
Modes of Change

Del Sol String Quartet
Sam Weiser & Benjamin Kreith, 
violins; Charlton Lee, viola; Kathryn Bates, cello

Reza Vali String Quartet No. 5, ‘Gavesht’ World Premiere

join us for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 with composer Reza Vali and Del Sol Quartet’s Charlton Lee

The Del Sol Quartet returns to Old First Concerts to host its 3rd annual festival—The Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival—highlighting the experimental innovators and traditional masters of pure-ratio harmonies. Although the Bay Area has long been a hotbed of alternate tunings, the Pacific Pythagorean Music Festival is the first local event dedicated to hearing these resonant harmonies. This year’s festival, Modes of Changes, highlights Persian scales with the world premiere of Reza Vali’s String Quartet No. 5, ‘Gavesht’ with a pre-concert talk on Vali’s new alternate tuning music software. The Del Sol Quartet set will also include the world premiere of Madeline Ashman’s Gravitation. The festival also includes performances by Ken Ueno with Viola Yip, Hafez Modirzadeh with Keshav Batish, and Vân-Ánh Võ.

This is a hybrid concert - Old First seating is limited to 100 tickets, General Admission: $25
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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