Half Yellow Half Red Concert - UCLA (August 27, 2011)
Vocals: Alireza Shahmohammadi
Composer, Director & Santoor: Bahram Osqueezadeh
Kamanche: Navid Mostafapour
Tar & Tarbass: Aidin Okhovat
Tar & Setar: Ali Nouri
Tabla: Javad Butah
Tombak & Daf: Amirabbas EtemadZadeh
Half Red Half Yellow is a concert in which distinguished musicians of Persian music bring the stimulating atmosphere of Iran's concert hall to Los Angeles in a dynamic performance. The concert depicts two contrasting side of Persian music. In the first half, memorizing melodies of old Persian songs are performed in a traditional setting. They will be accompanied by Alireza Shahmohammadi's warm, and technically exemplary voice. In the second half Bahram Osqueezadeh shows a different side of Persian music in his original compositions. By using Iran's vibrant rhythms and joining forces with the poetic aspect of this music he creates an environment of intense musical contrast.
Watch a short excerpt of the performance
BAHRAM OSQUEEZADEH, Composer Director and Santur Player
Dr. Bahram Osqueezadeh received his Ph.D. in composition from University of California, Santa Barbara, and Master's in composition and technology from University of California Irvine and BA from University of Tehran. A multi- instrumentalist, Bahram started his musical training at the age of 14 on the Santur and the Tombak. Among his eminent teachers were Maestro Faramaz Payvar and Maestro Parviz Meshkaatian. He studied composition with eminent composers such as Karen Tanaka, Billy Childs, James Newton and Joel Feigin. As a soloist, composer, and conductor, Bahram Osqueezadeh has appeared on many radio and television programs in Iran and the United States. He has toured Iran, United States and Europe; regularly performed concerts premiering his original compositions. Among his grants and awards are: First prize in the Sherril C. Corwin-Metropolitan Theatres Awards for his work for String Orchestra, Gold award from Fajr Music Festival, declared Master Musician by Alliance for California Traditional Art, and Certificate of Recognition from California Legislature. His concerto for Santur and Orchestra premiered in 2001 and his orchestral work was premiered immediately after receiving his second Corwin award for large orchestra. He has toured Iran, the US and Europe together with the Darvak Ensemble and other leading names in Persian traditional music. He has been invited to give workshops at many distinguished universities including UCLA, USC, UCSB and UC Irvine, Society of Ethnomusicology Annual Conference and British Forum for Ethnomusicology. Dr. Osqueezadeh is now teaching at the University of California, Santa Barbara and accepted another position at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. He held a faculty positions at Sureh University in Iran, was co-chair of SIGMICA (Special Interest Group of Iran and Central Asia), co-founded the Darvak Institute of Music where he served as the director. He co-founded the Darvak Ensemble in 1993 and performed several concerts with the group. For more info. visit wwww.bahramosqueezadeh.com
Born in "SEMNAN"?,1977 Began singing with his father who was one of the students of "MAHMOOD KARIMI". He has countinued music when he was 11 under the supervision of ?"HATAM ASGARI FARAHANI". In the center of presevathion and broadcasting of Iranian music. He has benefited from famous Iranian musicians between 12th and 18th as : Master "ALI ASGHAR BAHARI", Master "MOHAMMAD REZA LOTFI", Master "MOHAMMAD REZA SHAJARIYAN", Master "PARVIZ MESHKATIYAN".
An Evening of Traditional Persian Music - UCLA (November 4, 2006)
Bahram Osqueezadeh (Official Site)
Alireza Shah Mohammadi (Official Site)