Reza Solapitour is a dark ambient musician based out of Tehran, Iran, discovered by the best ears in experimental music, Raffaele Pezzella of Eighth Tower Records. The album is booming, eerie and spacious, as though one had the sensation of floating in a cave. Quite a powerful release.
Only a fool would believe we’re not living in a great time for music. The world of pop is banal, and should only be seen as entertainment. Actual music, that which is trying to continue breaking borders, bending (or snapping) rules, is doing quite well. Iranian-born composer Maryam Sirvan has been featured on the blog […]
Bukhara Magazine is one of Iran’s literary treasure stores. The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews its editor, Ali Dehbashi.
Iranian film auteur Abbas Kiarostami, who directed such classics as Taste of Cherry and Close-Up, passed away today in Paris a the age of 76. The Guardian eulogizes him here.
This looks thoroughly fascinating. Shadow puppeteer Hamid Rahmanian has a new project called “Feathers of Fire,” which is based on the Persian epic, the Shahnameh.
There’s simply not enough information out there to write about either Majid Derakhshani, Mahdieh Mohammadkhani or The Mah Ensemble, but you will enjoy this 17-minute performance. It’s sublime.
Even in Tehran, one can find good-quality alternative music. Here’s Comment Band, one of the better acts in town.