Oslo, 16 Sept. (IPS) For the first time, an Iranian orchestra conductor, Mr. Javid Afsari Rad performed some of his composed pieces with the collaboration of the Norwegian Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra on 14th and 15th of September 2006 in Oslo.
Born in Isfahan, Iran, Javid began studying the Persian classical music and playing Santur, one of the popular Iranian national instrument, at a young age with the greatest masters such as Mr. Parviz Meshkatian and Mr. Faramarz Payvar in his native country.
After leaving Iran on 1986, Mr. Afsari Rad has been a resident of Norway, where he has studied musicology at the University of Oslo and is considered as an innovative performer and ingenious composer.
His illustrious career includes solo performances at notable world international music festivals as well as ensemble works with world known musicians such as Mr. Chourasia, Mr. Pt. Hariprasad and Dr. L. Subramanian. In Norway he is He has participated in several recordings, contributed musically to plays and films and has a great role in introducing Iranian and fusion music outside of his country.
Mr Afsari Rad has been the artistic director of the groups such as “Karavan”, an Hindu-Iranian group.
Mr Afsari Rad has been the artistic director of the groups “Karavan”, an Hindu-Iranian group that released an album in 2000, and the “Combo Nations”, a world music band comprised of ten distinctive musicians originating from Iran, China, India, Brazil, Senegal, Gambia and Morocco which released its first album in 2001.
He composed “Parvaz” album in 2003 with the cooperation of his sister Vida Afsari Rad. His “Karvane Shargh” album, collaboration between Iranian, Indian and Chinese musicians, has been recently published by Mahoor Institute.
In addition of playing music for the Zarbang ensemble, he was composer of melodic pieces of its two albums named “Rengineh” and “Naghmeie Khabgard” of this ensemble.
Zarbang was founded with the aim of introducing Iranian percussion instruments to international audiences and combining them with percussive and melodic instruments from other cultures.
In Afsari Rad's widely acclaimed last performance, also some Iranian selected poems of great Persian poets were recited in Norwegian language, there were some pieces in Shour and Segah mode which was performed by 60 musicians and some percussion instruments such as Daf, Tombak, Dohol, Naghareh. Mr. Reza Samani, Iranian musician, played Daf, Tombak, Sorna and Mr. Abdolrahman Sorzehi, Balouch musician, played Benjo in a small suite on the base of Balouch melody. ENDS AFSARI RAD 16906