Saturday 18:00
Iranian Music Legend Saeid Shanbehzadeh / The World in an Amber / Iran
The concert offers a unique aspect of hypnotic dances and trance music from the Persian Gulf brought from Africa in south iran a few centuries ago. Since 1990, leader of the ensemble Saeid Shanbehzadeh and his ensemble, delighted audiences in Iran, Europe and North America with their mesmerizing musical rhythms and melodies. In this program Saeid invites the audience to an intimate journey on a carpet. With his three companions, Rostam Mirlashari, Naghib Shanbehzadeh and Sheida Bozorgmehr, they improvise in all simplicity.

The Shanbehzadeh Ensemble is an Iranian folk band, formed in Bushehr in 1990. The band offers a rare aspect of the traditional music and dance of the Persian Gulf, more specially of the province of Bushehr, south of Iran and bordering Persian gulf. Shanbehzadeh’s music draws on the musical traditions of Busher in the south of Iran - a region historically populated mostly by Iranians of African and of Arab descent. The resulting musical style has direct roots in Arabic and African music.

The main instruments include the Neyanban (Iranian bagpipe), Neyjofti (double clarinet), Dammam (dual faced percussion), Zarbetempo and Pippeh (percussions), traditional flute, Senj (local type of cymbals) and Bough (horns).

The band was founded by internationally acclaimed Iranian musician and dancer, Saeed Shanbezadeh in 1990. Saied, who traces his ancestry to Zanzibar in East Africa, was born in Bushehr, Iran, where he started playing music at the age of 7 with the old masters of the music of the region. He began with percussions, singing, and traditional dance. At 20 he founded the group of Shanbehzadeh Ensemble and won the 1st prize at the Fajr Music Festival in Tehran in 1990. In 1996 he was invited by the University of Toronto to teach a half-a-year course. In 2007 he was invited again by La Cité de La Musique of Paris to teach dance, singing and music. In 1998 he was named the professor and director of the House of Culture, Music and Dance of the Isle of Kish in Iran. Saeed Shanbehzadeh left Iran in 2002 and now lives in Paris.

Saeid SHANBEHZADEH (Neyanban, Neyjofti, Neymourou, Dance, Dammam, Bough)
Rostam MIRLASHARI (Sing, Tanbourag)
Naghib SHANBEHZADEH (Zarbetimpo, Percussions)
Sheida BOZORGMEHR (Sing, Dance, Clapping, Pippeh)

Concert in one part. Duration: approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Tickets: starts from EUR 10.00

School children, students, teachers, seniors - 25%
Seniors with group I and II disabilities, and their carers - 50%
Family tickets - 2 adults + 2 children (or more) – 25%

Group tickets:
10-30 persons - 20%
30 and more persons - 25%

Venue: Great Hall
Organised by: Great Amber