Kennedy Center: Monika Jalili: NoorSaaz

Date: September 6, 2008 (Saturday)
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Place: Millennium Stage
Tickets: free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis

Monika Jalili: NoorSaaz brings to life the rich history of Iranian culture through its music and poetry. This entrancing selection of songs spans time and place; traditional Persian folk favorites stand alongside love songs from the 1940s to 1970s, a time of great cultural change in Iran. Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, as well as lyrics in Persian, English and French, the artists of NoorSaaz combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music. In this spirit of exploration, NoorSaaz aspires to create understanding through an appreciation of the beauty of Iranian culture.

"NoorSaaz" combines the Persian words noor ("light") and saaz ("creator", "musical instrument").

  • Monika Jalili, vocals
  • Megan Weeder, violin and kamanche
  • Nathan Dillon, guitar
  • Mavrothis T. Kontanis, oud
  • Timothy Quigley, percussion
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