Music with Arabic Scale/Influence

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Concert of Iranian music "Musical Odyssey"
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Final concert of the Eastern Arts Festival "Dairafest"
At the "Musical Odyssey" concert, which concludes the VII International Festival of Oriental Arts DAIRAFEST, vocalists and instrumentalists from Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan will perform together with St. Petersburg musicians.

Iranian music goes back many centuries to the pre-Islamic era of Persia. It is the Iranians who should be considered the founders of traditional Middle Eastern music with its system of modes and melodic movements. The concert will feature original works by Farshad Mohammadi, an ethnomusicologist, composer and santur player.

Santoor is an ancient instrument of Iranian origin, both stringed and percussion, the playing of which requires special skill. "Here the strings wove the atmosphere," wrote the poet Jalaluddin Rumi in the poem "Everything is Music," and indeed: in addition to the santoor, the Middle Eastern strings of kamancha, oud and saz also sound brightly in Mohammadi's ensemble. The rhythm is created by the def (tambourine) and tonbak (Persian drum in the shape of a goblet). All these instruments can rarely be heard accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

From the very beginning, the Iranian performing tradition has had a close connection between music and literature, and Persian poetry itself - both medieval and modern - is very musical. Mohammadi's works are based on poems by Rumi and Khayyam, as well as modern poets. The songs performed by Iranian vocalist Vahid Taj and Azerbaijani singer Nuray Hajizadeh are dedicated to travel, mysticism, nostalgia and love.

A team of virtuoso musicians from different countries, united by Farshad Mohammadi for the DAIRAFEST festival, will perform in St. Petersburg for the first time - and only once.


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By a Danish composer using quarter-tone scales of the Middle East:


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String Quartet no. 1 (Opus 3)

The composer writes:  "Inspired by my passion for microtonal maqamat, and dedicated to all Syrian refugees, and everybody else, who had to leave their homes because of war and tyranny."



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