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Strathmore Letter for Homay Mastan
2009-12-18
Strathmore Letter for Homay Mastan
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Banned Iranian Musician Performs At Walt Disney Concert Hall
2009-12-20

Iranian musical phenomena, Homay and The Mastan Ensemble return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on August 16, 2009 at 7 p.m. to perform another exceptional collection of the latest compositions by Homay, with symphony arrangement by Maestro Shardad Rohani. During the first part of this program,...

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The highly acclaimed Iranian musical phenomena
2009-12-30
LOS ANGELES, CA-August 3, 2009—The highly acclaimed Iranian musical phenomena, Homay and The Mastan Ensemble return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on August 16, 2009 at 7 p.m. to perform another exceptional collection of the latest compositions by Homay, with symphony arrangement by Maestro Shardad Rohani.  During the first part of this program, the Ensemble will perform an operetta, written by Homay, inspired from the story of ‘Moses and The Shepherd’ by Rumi (Mowlana) written in Aarefan e Raaz by Dr. Mahmoodi Bakhtiari.   The part of ‘Moses’ will be performed by the well-known and talented Iranian singer, Soley Vaseghi, ‘The Shepherd’ by Homay and the third character,  ‘Raavi’ or ‘The Storyteller’ by the published author and award-winning journalist, Homa Sarshar.  The operetta will be followed by several masterpieces by Maestro Rohani.  In part two of this concert, the latest compositions by Homay and Maestro Rohani will be performed by the Ensemble.

“These were mesmerizing performances that produced a euphoric goodwill in the listener, a feeling that lingered long after departure from the concert hall.” LA Times-July 2008
Since early 2009, Parvaz Homay has been banned by the Iranian government officials to perform any of his musical pieces publically in Iran.  This is especially difficult for Homay, since he is a true patriot to his motherland Iran and its people and lives through his music.  One of his latest compositions is a very special piece called “Sarzamin e Be Karan” or “Boundless Land”, with symphony arrangement by Maestro Rohani, dedicated to the people of Iran.  The August 16  performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will be his first public concert since The Mastan Ensemble’s final concert series in Homay’s hometown in northern Iran, which took place during eight consecutive sold-out evenings, attended by their devoted local Iranian fans, consisting of all ages, five to eighty-years old; specially the youth inspired by Homay’s music and talent.

During their 2008 U.S. and Canada Tour, The Ensemble preformed at some of the most renowned stages, including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Strathmore in Washington, D.C. and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada.  The 2009 U.S. Tour will once again include venues such as Lincoln Center in New York City and of course Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Homay strives to collaborate with accomplished artists and musicians, both inside and outside of Iran and prides himself in always setting the bar higher in bringing innovation into his music, showcasing the Iranian classical music in the global world music scene, to gain the recognition it deserves.  He has many other unique musical projects and collaborations in mind, which he hopes to bring to fruition, if permitted. Homay and The Mastan Ensemble will continue their U.S. and Canada Tour, following the Los Angeles performance in other cities, including: San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, New York, Washington, Chicago, Louisville, Atlanta, Toronto and Vancouver.

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the Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston
2010-01-03
the Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston
The concert performance of Mastan Ensemble was the most financially successful program organized by the Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston and we have extended an invitation to host them again in Houston in future tours. If you have any question regarding this matter, do not hesitate to contact me.
Mohamad R. Nayebpour, PhD.
VP of Board of Directors, ICF-H

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. New York City
2010-01-03
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. New York City



My name is Casey Rodger. I am the booking Coordinator for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. here in New York City. I am writing this letter on behalf of the outstanding and incomparable Homay and the Mastan Ensemble. Homay and his ensemble played at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 19, 2009. The night was energetic and everyone was a buzz.

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Los Angeles Times
2010-01-03
Los Angeles Times -Homay and the Mastan Group at Walt Disney-
December 2008

WORLD MUSIC REVIEW

Homay and the Mastan Group at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Presenting traditional sounds of Persia, the musicians astound their audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
By John Payne, Special to The Times
July 5, 2008
The rapturous reception given Iran's traditional music ensemble Homay and the Mastan Group in their debut U.S. performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night was well-deserved, not just for their dazzling innovations on old musical forms, but for the inspiring audacity shown by the group's very formation.



The seven-member ensemble was founded by Parvaz Homay, a young man (still in his 20s) carrying on the Persian tradition of chameh soraei, in which a musician composes, writes his own lyrics and sings. His ensemble comprises handpicked experts on the customary Persian instrumentation, including the four-stringed tar, the reedy, flute-like ney, the upright fiddle called kamanche and the multistringed hammered zither, santoor.

Calling their performance "A Forbidden Journey" -- also the name of the ensemble's latest album -- Homay and his colleagues, inspired by the Sufi poets Rumi and Hafez, aimed to reestablish the old Persian practice of creating music that can make the listener reach a higher level of consciousness. Their nearly three-hour performance at Disney Hall achieved this effect via Homay's heartfelt lyrics and groundbreaking music, which builds on the older folklorical styles with bold new structures, rhythms and melodic schemes.
These 18 pieces were performed in exhilarating style, with each player functioning as both soloist and ensemble member. The pieces generally were worked out in formats that accommodated substantial personal interpretation by the individual players.

The opening "Man az Jahani Degaram" presented the basic outline of the evening's works, which were characterized by lengthy elaborations on the traditional song-shape. Other pieces used a set-up of introductory duet by the vocalist with various instruments -- such as the lute-like oud or the tombak. The entire group would then play a more orchestrated version based on themes and/or rhythms alluded to in the preliminary duet.

The modernity of the group's approach to this mainly non-harmonic music (i.e., it's not built on chords) became even more evident by its emphasis on a textural harmony that resulted from the blending of tones emanating from the particular instrumentation Homay had selected.

While many of these pieces were of extended length and of unpredictable pattern and pulse (which created a few amusingly failed attempts by the audience to clap along), they were nevertheless highly engaging and often even quite simply presented. The words of revered Persian poets Parvin Etesami and Saghir Esfahani were interpreted by Homay himself in a high-pitched, richly nuanced vocal style as he conducted the band with bold strokes on twin clay drums.

These were mesmerizing performances that produced a euphoric goodwill in the listener, a feeling that lingered long after departure from the concert hall.

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