Lian Ensemble, presents a new approach to Classical Persian music inspired by mystical Sufi music and Persian literature.

"The Lian Ensemble's concert was an exhilarating highlight of the triannual World Festival of Sacred Music"
Laurel Fishman,

"combining intricate musical structure with an evocative blend of traditional and original compositions"
Laurel Fishman,

"Painstakingly structured compositions with pounding rhythms"
Los Angeles Times

"The Lian Ensemble features the best Iranian musicians in the West"
GAVRIEL FISKE, The Jerusalem Post

"The Lian Ensemble is absolutely soulful"
Jim Brenholts, "Tracks Across the Universe"

"The Lian Ensemble... World Class Persian Musicians"
New sound Music

"Gifted World Music Group"
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

LAWMA 2004 & 2005, By John Payne, LA WEEKLY

Based in Los Angeles, The Lian Ensemble is a group of virtuoso performers and composers. It was founded by Pirayeh Pourafar and Houman Pourmehdi in 1996. 
Lian Ensemble has emerged as one of the leading group in World Music today. Their powerful compositions fuse the Mystical Persian musical heritage, in the crossover between Persian music and a variety of genres including sephardic, tuvan, indian, jazz, flamenco and celtic music. Combining a unique musical vision with dauntless dedication to experimentation, they create a synthesis of mystical world music composed of traditional and folk melodies and instruments. Their "Brilliance " has been praised by John Schneider of KPFK radio. The Lian is comprised of world-renowned musicians whose diverse and uniquely versatile musical styles lend to this rare blend of Mystical world music. Lian's music flows effortlessly between a diverse range of styles and traditions, while fearlessly forging a path and sound that is all their own. Los Angeles Times writes, "The Lian Ensemble's music-original compositions written and improvised in class on its own terms". After
much collaboration, the musicians have acquired the requisite knowledge of Persian music, and each adds their own distinctive rhythmic sounds to compositions, creating an exciting mix of melodies that go beyond the stylistic boundaries. In performance, Lian's ever evolving repertoire of creative original music is expanded, rearranged, and examined with exploratory eyes at each and every concert. Los Angeles Times (Don Heckman) writes," Lian ensemble is a gifted group with completive compositions and virtuosic performances".

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