Iranian oud

For a long time the oud was disparaged in Iran, even though the Sassanian empire was fundamental to its development centuries ago. One key to its twentieth-century revival was the musician Mansur Nariman. I recently recorded some of his short pieces.

Lecture-recital in Cremona

In the series Dal local al globale I presented a lecture-recital in Cremona in the beautiful Dipartimento di Musicologia e Beni Culturali, leading the audience on a journey through modal music practices of the Arab, Ottoman and Persian traditions.

Oudmigrations concerts

Oudmigrations is a research project dedicated to the journeys of ouds, their histories, and the stories attached to their makers, players, and owners. The first Oudmigrations concert series took place in Rome, thanks to the generous support of ISMEO (Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente) and hosting by the Biblioteca Vallicelliana. They explored Read more…