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Music | Iran

Parissa: An Evening of Persian Classical Music

Thursday, Jun 11th 3:30pm
Friday, Jun 12th 3:30pm

$25 members, students with ID and seniors, $35 non-members

Renowned classical Iranian vocalist Parissa sings the words of poet Rumi accompanied by renowned tar player Iman Vaziri together with his son on daf and tombak.

With a voice “at once refined and deeply emotional” (The Planet, Australia), Parissa’s perfection lies in the simplicity with which she interprets the 13th century poet’s works, reaching into the heart to bring the beauty of Rumi’s words alive.

Ethnomusicologist Stephen Blum and Ameneh Youssefzadeh provided an in-depth overview of Persian music in a pre-performance lecture on both nights of her performance.

Parissa’s performance was made possible through the generous support of the Parsa Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Going Deeper

Listen in on a sample of Parissa's track Man Gholame Ghamaram from her 2008 album, Simplicity:

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And read on to learn more about classical Persian music and the Rumi poetry Parissa sings.

Parissa was born in 1950 in Iran. She began her musical studies under the supervision of the renowned Persian radif (classical repertoire) teachers, Mahmoud Karimi.

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Renowned classical Iranian vocalist Parissa sang the words of poet Rumi on at the Asia Society as part of the festival Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas.