‘Sounds of Persia’ Series Brings 2 Reza Vali Pieces to Center Stage

Reza Vali’s works Ashoob: Calligraphy No. 14 for santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) and string quartet, as well as Ormavi: String Quartet No. 4 were performed by the Persian santoor master Dr. Dariush Saghafi, and the Cuatro Puntos Ensemble during the concert events “Sounds of Persia” on April 10-15, 2019 in Hartford, Glastonbury, Enfield, and Willimantic, CT. These performances are an example of a very active concert season for the composer.

2019-20 highlights:

  • Duo Trouvaile (Krzysztof Kuznik-violin, Yulia Dusman-piano) performed Vali’s work, Three Romantic Songs, on March 10, 2019 at Opera America Center, New York. This exciting concert included music from Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and China, as part of the duo’s new project, Caravanserai, exploring the music of the Silk Road.
  • Reza Vali has received the Fund for Research and Creativity grant, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, to work on a joint project with the New York ensemble Alba Consort, and the Pittsburgh ensemble NAT 28. The composition, info [at] laurenkeisermusic.com (subject: Web%20inquiry%20-%20Reza%20Vali, body: I%20am%20interested%20in%20information%20on%20the%20work%3A%0A%0AFour%20Persian%20Mystic%20Poems) (Four Persian Mystic Poems), will be premiered in New York by the Alba Consort, and in Pittsburgh by the NAT 28 ensemble during their 2019-2020 concert seasons, dates TBA.
  • Carpe Diem String Quartet performs Reza Vali’s Ashoob: Calligraphy No. 14 on May 14, 2019 during the Queens New Music Festival in Long Island City, NY.
  • Vali’s work Ormavi: String Quartet No. 4 will receive its European premiere, performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet, on June 25, 2019 at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
  • Persian Folk Songs: Set No. 16C will be performed on July 23, 2019 in New York during the Mostly Mozart Festival by Kian Soltani, cello, and Julio Elizalde, piano.
  • info [at] laurenkeisermusic.com (subject: Web%20inquiry%20-%20Reza%20Vali, body: I%20am%20interested%20in%20information%20on%20the%20work%3A%0A%0AZand%3A%20Calligraphy%20No.%202%2C%20version%20for%20Qanun%20(Persian%20Zither)%20and%20String%20Orchestra.) (Zand: Calligraphy No. 2)>, version for Qanun (Persian Zither) and String Orchestra, will be performed on July 23, 2019 in Tehran, Iran, by the Cantus Ensemble, conducted by Kaveh Mirhosseini.
  • Recently published: Isfahan: Calligraphy No. 16, commissioned and premiered by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, June 8, 10, 2018.