Film screening and discussion: rediscovering “12 Persian folk songs” by Blair Fairchild

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Musician Faraz Minooei’s new film brings to life the late 19th century Iranian music that Blair Fairchild (American composer and diplomat) discovered and published in 1904.

In the film, Faraz collaborates with Golnaz Khazei (vocals) and Reza Ahmadi (piano). They explore the songs the way they were written, hoping to bring out the emotions that Fairchild described so clearly in his own words about how he was moved or enchanted by Persian music during those ” warm Persian nights”.

The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies invites you to watch 12 Persian folk songs from home at a time that suits your schedule, then join us on Zoom for a post-screening chat with Faraz Minooei. Please RSVP to receive Zoom information. The film will be released on August 22 on the Iranian Studies YouTube channel. The film is in Persian with English subtitles. The discussion will take place in English.

Faraz Minoei was born in Tehran and started playing santour at the age of nine. As a full-time musician, Faraz is a performer, composer and teacher. Since 2006, he has lectured and performed at numerous universities, including SFSU, UCI, UCLA, UCSC, Stanford University, and at the Society of Ethnomusicology. He is the founder of the Bay Area Persian Music Ensemble and has performed with prominent ensembles in the United States, including: his 2009 collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Kayhan Kalhor in the Silk Road Ensemble (for the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Center); and collaboration as a composer and santour player with director Bahram Beyzaie for his plays Jana and Baladoor, Ardaviraf Reportand Crossroads.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in 2008 as a Nagle Scholar and first major in World Music/Jazz with santour as his main instrument. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Music with a major in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from the University of California, Irvine. His thesis, “Abstraction” of Iranian classical musicchallenges the traditional practice of Iranian classical music to introduce innovative and transformative functions of music in contemporary society.

This film is partially supported by funding from the Stanford Iranian Arts Festival and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies.

If you require a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact us at Applications must be made by August 16, 2022.

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