Sohrab Pournazeri had several performances at leading venues across the globe, including Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Jazz Lincoln Center in New York, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Palace of Fine Arts and Zellerbach Hall in San Francisco, Eisemann Center in Dallas, Microsoft Theatre, Royce Hall and Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, in San Francisco, Strathmore Hall in Washington, London’s Barbican Hall, Gutenberg’s Concert Hall, Düsseldorf’s Tonhalle and Brussel’s Bozar and CRR Concert Hall in Istanbul, among numerous others.
The Mirrors (Ayneha Concert Tour)
This concert tour featured music composed by Mr. Pournazeri on the Tanbour, Kamencheh, as well as internationally renowned singer Homayoun Shajarian. The group has performed over 50 times across Asia, Africa, and Europe. The group performed at the distinguished 2013 Mawazine Music Festival in Morocco, the most important event in the city of Maghreb, The Tehran Music Festival, as well as at the UNESCO (United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture) conference, promoting peace and cultural tolerance. Moreover, the group’s performance at the Theater de la villa was broadcast on France Musique, the French public radio station. Their subsequent album, “The Lord of Secrets,” was one of the best-selling albums in all of Iran. Their music was covered by the leading music publications in Iran including MusicIranian, Musicma, Namehnews, Mehr, and Momtaznews.
In the summer of 2017, Sohrab performed the ‘C Project’ for the first time alongside Homayoun Shajarian in Tehran’s historical Saadabad Palace Complex, a project he created with the aim of reviving the “wisdom” and old traditions of the Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’) for the young generation and familiarizing the audience with the roots of ancient Iranian culture and literature. In this project, Iranian musicians work alongside actors, artists, a film crew, and lighting and sound experts in order to create a unique multifaceted experience for the audience.
Colors of Transcendence
Mr. Pournazeri teamed with the legendary Ostad (master) Mohammed-Reza Shajarian on a series of concerts throughout the world. Ostad Shajarian is considered “Iran’s greatest living master of traditional Persian music” (Los Angeles Times) and one of the world’s “50 Great Voices” (NPR). Mr. Shajarian is also a two-time Grammy nominee, and recipient of UNESCO’s Picasso and Mozart medals. Mr. Pournazeri performed the kamancheh, tanbour, and shahrashoub for the group, as well as composed music for the group, with performances ranging across several cities in the United States and Canada. The group’s tour was covered by leading media outlets such as Examiner, WN.com, San Francisco Sentinel, San Francisco Classical Voice, KPFK, and Cal Performances.
Why Did You Leave Me
This is the title of the concert tour in support of the studio album Beyond Any Form, featuring Mr. Sohrab Pournazeri American composer David K. Garner, Indian Sitar virtuoso Shujaat Khan, Venezuelan flautist Pedro Eustache, American blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson. The tour performed all over Iran, in cities such as Kerman, Kermanshah, Shiraz, Orumieh, Ahvaz, and Isfahan. The group’s tour was covered by leading media outlets such as Fars News, Mehrnews, Musicma, MusiceIranian, Tasnim News Agency, ISNA, Mr. Pournazeri held the critical and leading role of tanbour and kamancheh player for this album and tour.
This group was formed in 2014 by percussionist Hussein ZAHAWY, who requested Sohrab POURNAZERI, singer, tanbour and kamancheh player, to compose a highly original repertoire for a group of musicians from various nationalities around the music, language and culture of the Kurdish people. All members of the group are musicians with curriculum vitaes marked as much by their personal roots as by open-mindedness, who have often explored and embraced (in Europe or the Middle East) other musical expressions. Their album was released by Accords Croisés and received high praise from the distinguished French magazine Telerama, rating it as one of the top-rated albums. The group’s tour was covered by leading publications such as BBC, Les InRocks, Telerama, Liberation, as well as a host of Iranian press reviews. Mr. Pournazeri held the critical and leading role of composer, singer, tanbour and kamancheh player for this group.
The Art of Improvisation, U.S. Tour
Singer and composer Sohrab Pournazeri started his American tour by holding a concert at Palladium Musicum, Greenwich, Connecticut, on November 2011. Cities of Nashville, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles were on his stops.
The musical selections included original compositions of the Pournazeri family interspersed with improvisation as the first part of the events. A discussion about Persian music and its distinctiveness was part of his program, ISNA reported.
Second part of the concert focused on performing pieces from composers Richard Danielpour, David Garner, Ian Krouse and Shahab Paranj. Pournazeri (on tanbour and kamancheh) and Paranj (on percussion instruments) were accompanied by an American string quartet in their performance.
First Istanbul International Folk Music Festival
Iranian singer Homayoun Shajarian, known for his awesome guttural tricks, performed on Monday night for Istanbul’s music lovers at the Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall for the first time, as part of the First Istanbul International Folk Music Festival. Shajarian was accompanied by Tahmoures and Sohrab Pournazeri whose creativity and inventiveness have marked them as distinguished artists of their generation.
Konya Mystic Music Festival
Accompanied by Shams ensemble and Sohrab Pournazeri, Homayoun Shajarian staged the concert in the 15th Konya Mystic Music Festival and performed tracks composed by Kaykhosro Pournazeri.
The 2018 Konya Mystic Music Festival is the 15th edition of the event with the participation of 133 musical group from 47 countries, this year it marked the anniversary of the birth of Jalal-ud-Din Rumi.
FES Festival, Morocco
From the Western Iranian province of Kermanshah, Ensemble Shams delivered a captivating performance underneath the baking sun of Fez’s Jardin Jnan Sbil. Inspired by a fusion of Sufi, Persian and Kurdish classical music, their work celebrates the poetry of the great Sufi Master Rumi. Sohrab Pournazeri as a member of Shams Ensemble had an incomparabe performance at the FES Festival.
Barana Music Festival (Niavaran Palace)
The Barana Music Festival was held in the summer of 2016 for seven nights at Tehran’s Niavaran Palace, with the presence of well-known Iranian and international musicians. This series of open-air performances was well-received by young and old audiences alike. Mr. Pournazeri performed as Tanbour Player and vocalist with the Shams Ensemble. He also had an unforgettable performance alongside Antonio Ray.
Barana Music Festival (Bisotun)
The Barana Music Festival in Bisotun brought together a number of prominent Iranian and international artists to perform in the historical Bisotun complex near the Iranian city of Kermanshah. This festival, held in August 2016 and aiming to link Iran’s ancient history and architecture with traditional Iranian music, included performances by Sohrab Pournazeri as a member of Shams Ensemble and alongside Antonio Ray.
Iran-e Man Tour (Iran, Canada, America)
Renowned vocalist Homayoun Shajarian performed on stage alongside celebrated musicians Tahmoures and Sohrab Pournazeri at the Interior Ministry’s Grand Hall in Tehran for 8 nights in December 2017, 4 nights around Canada in May 2018 and 4 nights around America in April 2019. Music performed during this concert series included pieces from the albums “Subdued”, “Beyond Any Form”, and “Heavy Makeup” in addition to a number of new compositions.
Nowruz Celebration in Orange County
On March 24th, 2019 Farhang Foundation and the prestigious Pacific Symphony under the direction of maestro Carl St. Clair welcomed the magnificent Homayoun Shajarian, Sohrab Pournazeri and maestro Shardad Rohani to Orange County for an unforgettable and moving concert performance in celebration of Nowruz.
Tiny Desk Concert with Mohammad Reza Shajarian, NPR
Every Tiny Desk Concert provides its own particular thrill, but it’s not every day that we get to welcome one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices to our offices.
NPR : With the visit of the incredible, honey-voiced Mohammad Reza Shajarian from Iran, we lucked out by having him sing on not just any day, but on the biggest holiday of the Persian calendar: Nowruz, the New Year. Joined by three excellent collaborators, brothers Sohrab and Tahmoures Pournazeri (celebrated musicians in their own right as leaders of Iran’s Shams Ensemble) and French percussionist Robin Vassy, Ostad (“Master”) Shajarian gave what amounted to a brief master class in the art of singing.
TEDx Performance – Music, a Breakthrough Value
TEDx: Iranian musician, Sohrab Pournazeri who can’t remember life before music or imagine life without it, discusses the value of a work of art and how can we preserve this value. To open his talk, Sohrab treats us to a haunting, intimate Tanbour improvisation which is rarely heard outside of traditional eastern performances.
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