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Green Dance, Bowers Museum’s Norouz Festival 2011

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“Spread Peace & Embrace Unity of All Human Kinds” Dance choreographed by Anna Djanbazian, Djanbazian Dance Company.  “This dance is all about the Green Movement, news of freedom, growth of Green Movement and it’s Peaceful nature. I also took the symbol of “Sabzeh” as the core of Green Movement” Anna Janbazian.

Novruz in the residence of U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan

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Ambassador Matthew Bryza graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International relations, Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. He is married to Zeyno Baran, a Turkish American scholar. Bryza is fluent in Russian and Polish, and also speaks German and Spanish, and conversational Azerbaijani language.

Video: Tajikistan Nowruz 2011 celeberations

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Tajiks consider Nowruz as their biggest Celebration of the year. In Tajikistan, Nowruz is celebrated and observed for five days. Tajikistanis from all ethnic backgrounds celebrate Nowruz with the same enthusiasm and sense of belonging.

 

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Music: Sepideh Raissadat, Ze Farvardin

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Born in Tehran, Iran in 1980, Sepideh Raissadat is an Iranian classical singer. Sepideh began studying Radif (the Repertoire of the Persian classical music) at the age of 9 with the famous Persian singer Ms. Parissa.

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Belly Dance with Rachel Brice

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Rachel Brice is a contemporary innovator in Tribal Fusion Style Belly Dance based in San Francisco.

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Music: Rastak Group, Folkloric

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Rastak a new ensemble for contemporary Persian folk music was formed as an experimental music group in 1997. The group seeks to collect, record and interpret traditional Persian folk music for a global audience, incorporating language, culture and history also merging traditional instruments and forms with contemporary rhythms.

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Music: Kayvan Saket plays Tar and Shushtari Persian Dance

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Born in 1960 in Mashad, Iran, Mr. Kayvan Saket’s musical experience began during his elementary school years while performing with the Music Workshop on national Iranian television. Mr. Saket has pushed the boundaries of traditional Iranian music to new and breaking grounds through his creative arrangements of well-known western classical music, using traditional Iranian instruments such as the “tar” and “setar”.

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Music - Tajikistan patriotic poems

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Tajik music is closely related to Central Asian forms. The classical music is shash-maqam (six-modes in Persian). Dastgah being the name for Persian modes, and maqams being the name for modes more generally.  Shash-maqam which Uzbeks also developed classical music of Tajiks and made their own.

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Music: Uzbekistan’s Yulduz Usmonova, Namekuni

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As Uzbekistan’s most popular singer, she regularly appeared in concerts and has released several albums. In 2008, Usmonova emigrated to Turkey citing dissatisfaction with political involvement,  the problems with the control of state in Uzbekistan over where a singer is allowed to sing.

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Music: Mohammad Reza Mortazavi plays Balal-Balal with tombak at the Berlin Philharmonie

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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1978. His parents – both musicians – enabled him to take tombak drum lessons at the age of six (tombak is considered the principal percussion instrument of Persian music).  He was quick to feel the power of the music deep inside. At the tender age of nine there was nothing more he could learn from his teacher.

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Music: Tabriz concert, Arshin Mal Alan Opera

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Arshin Mal Alan  is a 1913 comic and romantic operetta by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov about the cloth peddler in the 1900s Shusha, who is looking for a wife.

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Music: Hotel California dedicated to Eagles by Farhad Besharati

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Farhad Besharati is a Persian Kanun player who fuses traditional Persian music with contemporary flair. A Kanun is Persian instrument that looks very much like an autoharp, often used in Appalachian folk music, but sounds more like a cross between a mandolin and the Greek balalaika, with 78 strings and 30 notes.

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Music: Shirin Jaun by Gul Yaru from Xinjiang/Uyghur region in China & Nuoruz Festival

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Uyghurs are a Turkic people of Central Asia, Uyghur language today shows considerable Persian influence as a result from Chagatai, including numerous Persian loanword, like Persian افسوس – گوشت – نوروز Uyghur  ئەپسۈس  – گۆش – نوروز

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