Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Mohsen Namjoo and his band, featuring Dallas-based Iranian composer and instrumentalist Ehsan Matoori, on Saturday, April 27 2019 at San Francisco's Nourse Theater (Sydney Goldstein Theater). The show will be performed in two sets, the first set features the premier performance of Mohsen Namjoo's new musical collaboration and album with Ehsan Matoori and the second set will be a selection of Mr. Namjoo's favorite and less-performed classics.
About Mohsen Namjoo: Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in New York City. Hailed as "the Bob Dylan of Iran" by the New York Times, Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for the youth in Iran. Seamlessly blending the Classical Persian setar with electric guitar, and rock and blues vocal techniques with Persian avaz (singing), he fuses the ancient with the current. Since his arrival to the U.S. in 2011, Namjoo has been touring the world to sold out concerts at prestigious halls such as Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco; Conservatorio Sala Verdi, Milan, Italy; Disney Hall, Los Angeles and many more. His album "Voices from the East" with Nederlands Blazers Ensemble was released on June, 2017, and his album "On the String of A Tear's Bow," was released in February 2018. His new album composed by Ehsan Matoori will debut on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco. Visit Mohsen’s website for more information.
About Ehsan Matoori: Born in 1979 in Iran, Ehsan Matorri began learning the Santoor based on Maestro Faramarz Payvar’s method at age 9. He studied instrumental and vocal Radif (the Persian musical repertory) with Parviz Meshkatian and Pashang Kamkar and later started teaching Santoor Ehsan took lessons from Ardavan Kamkar, one of the greatest contemporary Santoor players of Iran, known for his distinct playing style and tuning techniques. In addition to playing the Santoor, Ehsan has studied music composition and harmony with Farhad Fakhroaldini and kids’ music with Soudabeh Salem. After moving to the USA in 2013, Ehsan has performed with world music masters including Sandeep Das, Jamal Mohamed, Paul Sriji, Maeve Gilchrist, Matthew Coley, Andrew Bleck, and Taher Khan. He has also been a member of SMU world music ensemble since 2013. Ehsan has been a member of the Silk Road GMW as a faculty assistant and performer since 2016. He is the artistic director of the AramArt world music Young ensemble.
Purchase tickets and check out the Facebook event page below.