an ensemble of musicians on stage playing traditional Persian instruments before a live audience

To the People of Iran — Music for a New Year’s Liberation

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Event Time 07:00 p.m. - 09:30 p.m. PT
Cost Free and open to the public
Location Knuth Hall Theater, Creative Arts Bldg., SF State
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Join us for this rare evening of Persian music performed live in celebration of the Iranian New Year and in support of the people of Iran. One in a number of programs taking place at SF State during February and March 2023 under the heading WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM., this evening's performance is presented in solidarity with the Iranian Freedom Movement.

This event is free and open to the public.

The concert is directed by Hafez Modirzadeh and features Iranian musicians:

Pezhham Akhavass (tombak)
Bay Area Persian Music Ensemble (Faraz Minooei, Director)
Samandar Deghani (tar, daf)
Mima Goodarz (avaz)
Nasim Gorgani (daf)
Sirvan Manhoobi (oud)
Hafez Modirzadeh (saxophone)
John-Carlos Perea (cedar flute, vocals, drum, bass)
Farin Sardari (tar)
Shahin Shahbazi (tar)
Mona Shahnavaz (piano)
Ramin Zoufonoun (Persian-tuned piano)

This among other programs under the banner WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM. is made possible with support of a College of Liberal and Creative Arts 2023 "Extraordinary Ideas" grant, with additional support from the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, The Poetry Center, the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry, the Department of History, and the Department of Philosophy, SF State. The overall project was originated by Persis Karim (Neda Nobari Distinguished Chair, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies) and Hafez Modirzadeh (School of Music), San Francisco State University.

Photo: Bay Area Persian Music Ensemble,

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