Celebrating the Iranian New Year, Nowruz

C e l e b r a t i on of
the Iranian New Year, Nowruz
On March 21, 2003
8:00-10:00 pm EST
White Flint Mall,
Rockville, Maryland

  • Welcome and Happy New Year by Afsaneh Saleh
  • Opening remarks by Mehri Bazargan
  • Remarks by Mr. Ronald Clarkson, the Community Outreach Manager, Office of the Montgomery County Executive
  • Introduction of Ms. Batmanghelich and Ms. Bakhtiar and their remarks
  • NAVA Ensemble Performance
  • Dance Recital by Ms. Elaheh Amiri
  • NAVA Ensemble accompanying Master Vocalist, Dr. Houshang Hodjati
  • Tombak Ensemble
The Artists
Master Performers

Shahriar Saleh: He has been teaching, recording, archiving and performing Persian Classical music for the last thirty years while working as a project manager with NIH. He plays the authentic hammer dulcimer, Santur. NAVA has been talented enough to have performed on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center for the last three consecutive years.

Dr. Ali Analouei: A Project Manager at G.S.A., is a well-known percussionist. He has supported many Iranian orchestras with his powerful and wonderful single drum, Tombak. He has an exceptional talent and ability to produce a vast arrey of beats and sounds out of this very unique and simple instrument. He has taught this instrument for years and has produced some excellent recordings.

Dr. Houshang Hodjati: As a practicing physician, a gifted painter, and a physicist, he has a vast knowledge of Persian art. He has a wonderful voice and has performed in many cultural and academic circles. He has published a book on accoustics and the Iranian music, as well as some great recordings.

Elaheh Amiri: Ms. Elaheh Amiri is a very talented choreographer, and an accomplished Iranian Studies scholar who performs a classic dance inspired by Maanee's Paintings. Maanee has been called the clairvoyant of peace: a physician and predictor who established the doctorin of Maanavee in third millennium B.C. or around 1,800 years ago in Persia; and was inspired by teachings of Mithraism, Zoroaster, Jesus Christ, and Buddah. The selected music "Mom-e-Vatan" is composed by Avizheh Ensemble.

Nava Young Performers
Tombak Performers
Arasp Biparva
Cyrus Hadavi
Newsha Saberi
Alireza Saboori
Bahareh Sarrami
Ata Tabesh
Sana Tabesh
Zahra Saboori
Arya Saleh
Aryan Saleh
Giti Abrishami
Behnaz Bibizadeh
Payam Bibizadeh
Reza Husseini
Mohammad Husseini
Mohammad Khalooghi
Mahshid Rahaie
Mohsen Salehi
Reza Sherbaf
Persian Classical Music

Persian music is based on twelve principal modal systems: seven primary systems called Dastgahs and five secondary systems called Sub Dastgahs or Avaz. Each system is divided into a series of melodic sequences linked to each other in an unresolved continuity. These sequences are called Gusheh and their number varies depending on the Dastgah. Each Dastgah or Avaz constitutes a specific scale having three distinct notes: (a) Shahed (witness or root note), regarded as the tonal or modal center of the Dastgah (Key); (b) Eest (rest note), a temporary rest place for the melodies before as they gradually incline; and (c) Moteghayer (the variable note), which produces expressive colors. The entire group of the systems taken together constitutes the repertoire of Classical Persian Music or Radeef a word that means arrangement and order. Most of Radeef has no meter and follows a speech-like rhythm, but it also contains rhythmic pieces that normally have drum accompaniments.

The compositions are mostly based on the Radeefs. They include a Peesh Daramad, sometimes stately or lively piece, as the introduction of the Dastgah played by an ensemble in unison; the Chahar-Mezrab a virtuoso solo number with driving rhythm; the Tasneef (a lyrical song) and a Reng a dance-like piece usually in 6/8 meter.

Dastgah of Mahur is chosen for this performance.

Special thanks and much gratitude to Yas bakery of Virginia, Yasaman Bakery and Classic Bakery of Maryland for providing a wonderful assortment of cookies and sweets for tonight's Program.
This event is free and open to the public.