PME Premiers Shoor-e Mastaan

Four Rumi poems, sung in Persian by the Pacific Mozart Ensemble Choir, and accompanied by santoor (hammer dulcimer), ney (reed flute), percussion, and bass. Shoor-e Mastaan (Passion of the Intoxicated) creates a cross-cultural message of unity and universal humanity at a time when tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate.  After over one year of planning, workshops, and rehearsals, the piece was premiered at the SF War Memorial Green Room and Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on March 30 and 31.
Pacific Mozart Ensemble: Chorus
Lynne Morrow: Director
Hamid Reza Taghavi: Santoor
Shahab Paranj: Percussion (Tombak, Daf, Udu)
Shahin Gorgani: Percussion (Daf, Udu, Tambourine)
Eric Perney: Bass
This project was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation.

Rehearsal montage with audio excerpt from the second movement, Benmaay Rokh:

[youtube width=”950″ height=”445″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KpxXIiCm6w[/youtube]

 

Concert Review from insidebayarea.com

By: Cheryl North

One of the most effective ways to acquaint people with the history and value system of a foreign country is to expose them to a broad spectrum of its music — from its folk songs and dances to its more formal, composed music. A vivid example earlier this month was a concert program in San Francisco and Oakland by the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, under director Lynne Morrow, with the premiere of Persian-American composer Omid Zoufonoun’s fascinating “Shoor-e Mastaan” (“Passion of the Intoxicated”), based on writings of the 13th-century poet Rumi. Not only were audiences familiarized with the classical Sufi/Persian poetry performed by the virtuosic singers, they were also treated to the eye- and ear-opening sounds and rhythms of four indigenous Persian instruments in combination with a familiar double bass.

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