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Lian Ensemble's 20th Anniversary

Sat. January 21, 2017 @ 8:00PM

Zipper Concert Hall

200 S. Grand Ave,

Los Angeles, California 90012

 

 

The Lian Ensemble presents a bouquet of Mystical Persian stories and music, that can liberate and heal your soul.

Through music and storytelling, this concert celebrates the mystical voice of love and longing for union with the Beloved. In mystical terminology, "love" and "heart" mean something higher than the conventional usage would suggest. Since the true beauty of the mystical meaning of these words can only be hinted at, stories are one of the best mediums for presenting a clarification of such expressions. In this concert, Persian mystics Rumi, Attar, Hallaj, Rabeh and Bayazid shed light on a better understanding of "love" and "heart" from the mystical point of view. 

Ali Reza Shahmohammadi, Vocals, Setar
Mani Boulori, Kamanch & Ghaychak, Vocals
Jivan Gasparyan Jr., Duduk
Aaron Chavez, Percussion, kalimba
Javad Butah, Tabla, Harmonium
David Johnson, Marimba
Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Tanbur, Vocals
Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar, Robab, Buzuq, Vocals

 

 

Friday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Old Town Center for the Arts

633 N 5th Street, 
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

 

 

Saturday, February 21, 7:00 pm in MST
Center for Indigenous Music and Culture
213 S San Francisco St. 
Flagstaff, AZ

 

 


Sunday, February 22 at 7:00pm in MST
16116 N. Mcdowell Mountain Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 8, 2013 

 

 

Alireza Shahmohammadi & CalArts Persian Ensembles

 

 

An evening of music brought to you by the CalArts Persian Ensembles, as led by Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar. We are performing compositions by Master Darvish Khan and Master Froutan. Come see us perform or watch the R.O.D webcast from the comfort of your home.

 

CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall

24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, California 91355
 

April 28, 2013

 

 

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Kosro Ansari, Vocals

Mani Bolouori, Kamanche, Ghachak 

Ali Nourbakhsh, Daf, Dayereh

Arash Fayyazi, Barbat, Robab 

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

 

Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90010-3853

 

 

Oct 30th - Nov 3rd, 2013

Lian Ensemble with Rosanna Gamson/World Wide's Layla Means Night at ODC Theater

 

"Whether retelling myths of being carried off or tales of contemporary transportings played out on the L.A. landscape, Gamson has the charm of the campfire storyteller or tribal griot, interweaving circuitous tales with movement, music, words and stagecraft. ...this choreographic provocoteur and her superb collaborators should not be missed."-- Ann Haskins, LA Weekly

 

 

2013

 

Lian Ensemble with Rosanna Gamson/World Wide's Layla Means Night at ODC Theatre

Lian Ensemble Europe Tour

(Den Haag, Amesterdam, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark)

Kosro Ansari, Vocals

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Ali Nourbakhsh, Daf, Dayereh

Arash Fayyazi, Barbat

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

 

2012

 

Lian Ensemble Live in Concert ONE to ONE

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Alireza Shahmohammadi, Vocals, Setar

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

 

SIMA BINA & Lian Ensemble Europe Tour

Mainz, Stuttgard, Munchen, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Niederlande- Schiedam, Belgium- Bergen

Houman Pourmehdi

Pirayeh Pourafar

Arman Sigarchi

Shervin Mohajer

Alireza Shirvani

Ali Nourbakhsh

 

Lian Ensemble: An Evening of Iranian Music Performance and Workshop

Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall, Kenyon College, OH, USA

Khosro Ansari, Vocals

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

 

Rosanna Gamson/World Wide: Layla Means Night

 

REDCAT, LA, CA, USA

live score by master musicians Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar

 

 

2011

 

Sima Bina & Lian Ensemble

U.S.A and Canada

Lian Ensemble

Amir Koushkani, Tar, Setar

Shervin Mohajer, Kamancheh (Guest Musician)

Ali Nourbakhsh, Daf, Dayereh, Dohol

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar, Robab

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Animation and visual effects in selected cities: Pouya Afshar & Neda Moridpour

 

2010

 

“THE WINDOW” AT THE WILD BEAST CONCERTCalArts Herb Alpert School of Music, valencia, CA, USALian Ensemble

Khosro Ansari, vocals

Mani Bolouri, kamancheh, vocals

Pirayeh Pourafar, tar

Houman Pourmehdi, vocals, Ney, Daf, udu drum

 

Chirgilchin Ensemble:

Igor Koshkendey, igil, doshpoulour, throat singing, vocals

Aldar Tamdyn, byzaanchy, igil, doshpoulour, throat singing, vocals

Mongun-ool Ondar, igil, doshpoulour, throat singing, vocals

Aidysmaa Koshkendey, vocals

 

Medea

directed by Lenka Udovicki

World Premiere produced by UCLA Live, UCLA, LA, CA, USAstarring Annette Bening

Music by Houman Pourmehdi, Pirayeh Pourafar and Nigel Osborne

Pirayeh Pourafar, tar, setar, buzq, composer

Brahim Fribgane, oud

Mani Bolouri, kamancheh

Randy Gloss, daf, dayerah

Houman Pourmehdi, tonbak, daf, ney, vocal, composer

 

 

2009

 

UN Peacekeepers: Human Security,Harmony, and Peace

United Nations General Assembly Hall

John McLaughlinw. Zakir Hussain and Shakti

Lian Ensemble

Stevie Wonder

Salman Ahmad

Nile Rodgers

CNN’s Isha SesayMistress of Ceremonies

Femi Kuti with Antibalas

Caetano Veloso

Angelique Kidjo

 

 

Lian Ensemble

NAU Ashurst Auditorium, Flagstaff, AZ, USA

 

2008

 

Lian Ensemble in Concert

USU Productions &T he College of Arts and Humanities, LA, CA, USA

 

World Festival of Sacred MusicOPENING GALA CONCERT, UCAL Royce Hall, LA, CA, USA

Siamak Shajarian, Vocal

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Mahshid Mirzadeh,

SanturMani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Amir Koushkani, Tar

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

CREATIVE MUSIC FESTIVALIn celebration of the inaguration of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts

CalArts, Valencia, CA, USA

 

Where Everything is Music

The Liän Ensemble presents mystical Persian music.

Wayfarers Chapel , Palos Verdes, Ca, USA

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Amir Koushkani, Tar

Siamak Shajarian, Vocal

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

 

Lian ensemble in concert

D.B. Clarke TheatreUniversité Concordia, Montreal, Canada

Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocals

David Johnson, Marimba

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Ziya Tabassian, Tonbak, Daf, Percussion

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Amir Koushkani, Tar

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

Lian Ensemble

Alumni Theatre, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocals

David Johnson, Marimba

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Ziya Tabassian, Tonbak, Daf, Percussion

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Amir Koushkani, Tar

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

Lian Ensemble

Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocals

David Johnson, Marimba

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Ziya Tabassian, Tonbak, Daf, Percussion

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Amir Koushkani, Tar

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

Lian Ensemble & Bahram Bajelan

Classical Persian Music

 

Lian Ensemble

Mount St. Mary’s College, LA, CA, USA

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

Lian Ensemble and Robert Bly

Angelico Hall at Dominican University, San Rafael, CA

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

Kay Meek Centre

West Vancouver’s Performing Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada

Ardeshir Rohani, Piano

Pedro Eustache, Duduk, Bansouri, Flute

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Cajon,

Randy Gloss - Frame Drum, Percussion

Austin Wrinkle, Cajon, Percussion

Aria Rohani, Piano

 

Lian Ensemble, Michael Hackett and Henry Goodman

Getty Villa, LA, CA, USA

 

Lian Ensemble

California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA

 

DARK WING

REDCAT, LA, CA, USA

David Johnson, Marimba

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Ney, Daf, Cajon, Percussion

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Ivan Johnson, Bass

T.J. Troy, Percussion

 

Mystic Love and Personal Transformation

Bovard Auditorium, USA, LA, CA, USA

Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocals

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Tanbur, vocals

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Randy Gloss, Daf, Percussion

Andrew Grueschow, Percussion

Austin Wrinkle, Cajon, Percussion

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar, Buzq

Amir Koushkani, Tar, Setar

Brahim Fribgane, Oud

 

Visual Effects and Animation

Pouya Afshar

Will Kim

 

2007

 

Lian Ensemble live on KCET

48th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday CelebrationMusic Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

David Johnson, Marimba

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Randy Gloss, Dayerah

Austin Wrinkle, Cajon, Percussion

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Percussion

Homayoon Khosravi, Chello

Sam Minai, Acoustic Bass

 

Rumi: An 800th Birthday Celebration with The Lian Ensemble

Presentation and reading to music by The Lian ensemble & Dr. Fatemeh keshavarz

The James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, LA, CA, USA

 

Persian Sufi Music

The Centennial Theatre, British Colombia University, Vancouver, Canada

Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocals

Houman pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Tanbur, vocals

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar, Buzq

Abbos Kosimov, doyra

Amir Koushkani, Tar, Setar

 

Persian Sufi Music

Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

 

Persian Sufi Music

À l'auditorium de la Grande Bibliothèque, Montreal, Canada

 

Lian Ensemble

Ryan Auditorium, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA

 

Hands On'Semble in Taiwan

Houman Pourmehdi as guest artist

 

Sounds of L.A.

the Getty Center, LA, CA, USA

 

Rumi: An 800th Birthday Celebration with Robert Bly

Stanford University, CA, USA

Presentation and reading to music by The Lian Ensemble

and Fatemeh Keshavarz

 

2006

 

A Bridge From the East with Lian Ensemble

Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

 

Oud Festival (Jerusalem) Persian Sufi Music Lian Ensemble

Jerusalem Theater , Sherover Hall, Jerusalem, Israel

Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocals

Houman pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, vocals

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur Randy Gloss, Daf, Percussion

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar 

 

Hands On'Semble in Taiwan

Houman Pourmehdi and Adam Rudolph (Special guest artists)

 

Hands On'Semble in Concert

PASIC 2006, Austin, Texas, USA

Abbos Kosimov, Houman Pourmehdi, Adam Rudolph, and Poovalur Sriji (special guest artists)

 

 

Concert of Classical Persian Sufi Music

Los Angeles, Ca, USA

Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocals

Houman pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Percussion, vocals

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Mani Bolouri, Kamancheh

Randy Gloss, Daf, Percussion

Andrew Grueschow, Percussion

Austin Wrinkle, Percussion

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

Lian Records presents: A Spring Equinox Offering Peace, unity, and love.

Lian Ensemble, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri & Djivan Gasparyan

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, LA, CA, USA

Djivan Gasparyan, Duduk

Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri: Tabla

David Johnson, marimba

Miroslav Tadic, Guitar

Pedro Eustache, Duduk, Bansouri

Randy Gloss, Percussion

Bahram Bajelan, Vocal

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Ivan Johnson, Bass

Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Vocal, Ney

 

CAP Share the World Concert

California Arts Partnership, La, CA, USA

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Bahram Bajelan,Vocals

Daved Johnson, Marimba

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

Ivan Johnson, Bass

Houman Pourmehdi, Daf, Vocals

 

2005

 

Dark Wing's CD Release Concert

David Johnson, Ivan Johnson, Pirayeh Pourafar, Houman Pourmehdi

 

VASHTI WORLD PERCUSSION CONCERT

 Brahim Fribgane (Morocco) Dumbek, Bendir, 'Ud, Qarqarba, Vocal

Randy Gloss (USA) Frame drums, Riq, Pandeiro, Kanjira, Hand Percussion

Munyungo Jackson (USA ) Congas, Shekere, Surdo, Talking Drum, Marimbula, Udu Hand Percussion, Cajon

Houman Pourmehdi (Iran) Tonbak, Daf, Cajon, Ney, Vocal, Setar

Poovalur Sriji (India) Mridangam, Kanjira, Percussion

Adam Rudolph (USA) Handrumset, Udu, Kalimba, Bendir, Cajon

 

Djivan Gasparyan & Lian Ensemble

The Roy Disney, California Institute of The Arts

Djivan Gasparyan, Duduk
Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney
David Johnson, marimba
Miroslav Tadic, Guitar
Pedro Eustache, Duduk, Bansouri
Randy Gloss, Percussion
Jr. Djivan Gasparyan, Duduk
Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar


DARK WING

CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), LA, CA, USA
Watts Towers Arts Center Jazz & World Music Program and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present
David Johnson, Marimba
Houman Pourmehdi, percussion
Ivan Johnson, Bass
With Bahram Bajelan Vocals and Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar 

 

2005 WORLD FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC - LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, Ca, USA

 

Lian Ensemble & Shahrokh Meshkin Ghalam

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Houman Pourmehdi,Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Percussion

Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur

David Johnson, Marimba, Percussion

Ivan Johnson, Bass

Bahram Bajelan, Vocal

Randy Gloss, Percussion

Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

Nakissa Dance Company:

Shahrokh Meshkin Ghalam, Choreographer, Dancer

Karine Gonzales, Dance

 

"An Evening with Lian Ensemble"
CD Release Concert

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Houman Pourmehdi, Tonbak, Daf, Ney
Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur
David Johnson, Marimba, Percussion
Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocal
Behzad Behzadpour, Vocal
Ivan Johnson, Bass
Randy Gloss, Percussion
Andrew Grueschow, Percussion
Austin Wrinkle, Percussion
Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

Houman Pourmehdi performs Persian Sufi music at UCLA

UCLA, LA, CA, USA

 

2004

 

Los Angeles Concert

Pirayeh Pourafar on Tar

Houman Pourmehdi on Tonbak,Daf, and Ney

Mahshid Mirzadeh on Santur

Soleyman Vaseghi, vocalist

 

Shirin Ebadi, Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Peace & Lian Ensemble"

UCLA Royce HallLos Angeles, CA, USA

 

BAM EARTHQUAKE BENEFIT CONCERT
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco,CA, USA

Lian Ensemble:
Houman Pourmehdi, Percussion,Nay
Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur
Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocal
Behzad Behzadpour, Vocal
David Johnson, Marimba, Percussion
Randy Gloss, Percussion
Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

BAM EARTHQUAKE BENEFIT CONCERT

Scottish Rite Theater, Los Angeles, Ca, USA
Lian Ensemble:
Houman Pourmehdi, Percussion
Mahshid Mirzadeh, Santur
Soleyman Vaseghi, Vocal
Behzad Behzadpour, Vocal
David Johnson, Marimba, Percussion
Randy Gloss, Percussion
Pirayeh Pourafar, Tar

 

2003

 

Hands On'semble with guests Houman Pourmehdi and Poovalur Sriji
Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Kentucky, USA

 

Musical Explorations Series
Axis of Love Festival, REDCAT Theater
Liän Ensemble & shahrzad Dance Academy

 

Lecturs and Demonstration

Alexanderia, Egypt

 

 

WORLD FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC BENEFIT CONCERT (

Wilshire Ebell TheatreAn Evening of World Music, Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

 

 

 

 

Lian Ensemble in Concert

ArtWallah 2003


4th Annual Arts Festival of the South Asian Diaspora
"Feel the Unity"

Presents Liän & Arohi Ensemble
 

"A Journey to Persia"

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA, USA
 

"Axis of Love"

Jojn Anson Ford Theatres

LIAN & AROHI  ENSEMBLES
 

Lian Ensemble in Concert Persian Sufi Music

Houman Pourmehdi - Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Percussion

Siamak Shajarian- Vocal

Mahshid Mirzadeh - Santur

Randy Gloss - Frame Drum, Percussion

Pirayeh Pourafar - Tar, Setar

 

2002

 

Lian Ensemble live on KCET
Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Pirayeh Pourafar - Tar
Houman Pourmehdi - Zarb Zour-Khaneh
Mahshid Mirzadeh - Satur
Paul Livingstone - Sitar
Anand Bennett - Acoustic Bass

 

VASHTI   World Percussion Ensemble
Annual Winter Solstice Concert
"OFFERINGS FOR PEACE"
Adam Rudolph (USA) Artistic Director, Handrumset, Udu Drum, Talking Drum, Bata,
Kalimbas, Bendir, Gongs
Houman Pourmehdi (Iran) Tonbak, Daf, Cajon, Zarabe-Zoorkhaneh, Ney
Derf Reklaw  (USA ) congas, bongos, jugs, flute
I Nyomen Wenten (Bali) Kendang, Pemade, Gender, Suling, Chang Chang
Brad Dutz  (USA ) Bodhran,  Bougarabou Congas, Cajon, Bones, Bata, Udu
Djoko Walujo (Java) Rebab, Gender, Kendang, Agung
Randy Gloss (USA) frame drums, riq, pandeiro, kanjira