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UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Visiting Artist Concert, 2004-04-27
- University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
- UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Visiting Artist Concert
- 2 items : OT - 2 vcts (MiniDV, digital, stereo); WD - 3 DVDs (digital, stereo); Duration: 1:39:31
- Collection Number
- Concert: Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology, University of Washington (Seattle), April 27, 2004, 7:30 p.m., Meany Theater
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
- Access Restrictions
Access is restricted.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Mehrdad Arabi, an internationally acclaimed Master of Persian music, has received numerous awards for his work from the likes of Daytona Symphony Society, University of Borneo, the City of Madrid and the City of Nicosia in Cypress. He was recently awarded the prestigious Master Musician Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles. Arabi's signature style of Tombak playing is clear and crisp. He is one of a handful of musicians who has studied both the traditional and the contemporary approaches to the Tombak and utilizes both in his compositions as a soloist as well as an accompanist. Arabi has participated in more than 20 recordings as a performer, composer and arranger. Some of these works include Mehmaan-e To, Beyaad-e Gozashte, Majnoon, Narges-e Mast, Bahar-e Shiraz, Concert-e Talar and Nassim-e Bahar. The highlights of this collection are his recordings with two of the legends of Persian music, Hassan Kasaie and Jalil Shahnaz, with whom he has also appeared in concert. Arabi has also recorded sound-tracks for Hollywood films including The Passion of Christ, Hidalgo and Helen of Troy. He has composed the score and played a full orchestra for the first Iranian American cartoon in the United States, Babak's First Norooz. Mehrdad Arabi has performed in numerous venues worldwide some of which include the Hollywood Bowl, the Armand Hammer Museum, the California Plaza, the Electric Lodge as part of the World Percussion Masters Concert, and in the Festival of Sacred Music at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center and at the Smithsonian Institute as part of The National Endowment for The Arts Award Ceremony in Washington, DC. Arabi began studying Tombak as a teenager with the highly acclaimed Morteza Ayan. His enthusiasm and unrelenting discipline quickly placed him at the top of his class and upon the discretion of his teacher he took up the instruction of other students alongside his own training. Upon Mr. Ayan's departure, the training of all the students were placed in Arabi's hands. In addition to teaching, he compiled and edited three volumes of books which include Ayan's technique in Tombak playing as well as Arabi's own innovations in rhythm. In addition to Tombak and Daf, Arabi is proficient in the Kemanche and Violin, which he began studying as a teenager with Mohammad Moghadassi, and later with Reza Rahimi Jafari. He studied the Radif of Saba with Moghadassi and the traditional Radif with Dovoud Ganjeie. He took up classical violin with Rubin Tomassian and music essentials with Mehdi Javanfar. He is currently completing his training in Western Classical violin with a professor at Julliard School of Music, Master Ovsep ketendjian.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Title (from concert program): Music of Persia with the 2003-2004 Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology, Hossein Omoumi, vocals & ney, with guest artist Mehrdad Arabie, tombak & daf.
Introductory remarks by Philip Schuyler.
2004-4.1-2 WD - DVD copies of Mini-DV originals recorded by Chee Hoo Lum for the UW Ethnomusicology Archives with Panasonic DVX 100; audio feed included a mix from the sound board and hung microphones (Neumann KM84).; DVD copies made by Gary Louie.
2004-4.3 WD - DVD copy of Mini-DV original recorded by Ter Ellingson and loaned to Archives for duplication (contains entire concert)
Durations: 2004-4.1 WD = 58:26; 2004-4.2 WD = 41:05 (total = 1:39:31); 2004-4.3 WD = 1:36:34.
See logsheets for audio recording of this concert for more information (2004-5).
NOTE: Balinese Visiting Artist I Wayan Sinti did not perform due to an illness.
Documentation: Concert flyer and program
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
1 optical media : DVD - unpublished; Tracks: 1
Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology, University of Washington (Seattle), Concert April 27, 2004, 7:30 p. m. at Meany Theater. Title (from concert program) Music of Persia with the 2003-2004 Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology Hossein Omoumi, vocals & ney, with guest artist Mehrdad Arabie, tombak & daf. Contents of 2004-4. 1 WD (first half of concert): Introductory remarks by Philip Schuyler; Dastgah-e Rast-va-Panjgah; Daramad, a freely improvised introduction; A rhythmic piece based on a poem by Hafez (14 th C.); Chahar Mezrab, an instrumental piece in 6/8; Gusheh-ye Hessar, a piece in 6/4, on the 4 th degree of the Daramad, based on a poem by Sa'adi (13 th C.); Gusheh-ye Eragh, a fast rhythmic piece in 2/4 and 6/16; Modulation to Dastgah-e Homayun; A rhythmic piece in 2/4; Gusheh-ye Bidad, a poem by Fereydun-e Moshiri (20 th C.); Modulation to Dastgah-e Mahur and Dastgah-e Shur; A piece composed on a poem by Rumi (13 th C.); A rhythmic dance in 6/8. For audio recording of this concert, see collection 2004-5 (W1 World).
1 optical media : DVD - unpublished; Tracks: 1
Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology, University of Washington (Seattle), Concert April 27, 2004, 7:30 p. m. at Meany Theater. Title (from concert program) Music of Persia with the 2003-2004 Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology Hossein Omoumi, vocals & ney with guest artist Mehrdad Arabie, tombak & daf. Contents of 2004-4. 2 WD (second half of concert): Percussion solo by Mehrdad Arabie; Improvisations in Dastgah-e Shur and Avaz-e Dashti; Encore (Omoumi and Arabie) For audio recording of this concert, see collection 2004-5 (W1 World).
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Iran--Middle East--Middle East
- Seattle (Wash.)
- 'Omoumi, Hossein, 1944- (performer)
- Arabie, Mehrdad (performer)