Portrait of Dariush Tala’i
The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies organises a concert dedicated to classical Persian music in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University Venice. For the occasion, musician Dariush Tala’i, previously invited in 2001 together with maestro Djamchid Chemirani, returns to perform on San Giorgio, this time accompanied by musicians Pejman Tadayon on the oud and Hamid Mohsenipoor on percussion.
Dariush Tala’i is the leading contemporary exponent of the classical Persian tradition of the tar and setar instruments. Internationally recognised as one of the most virtuoso masters of traditional music, Tala’i has participated in numerous concerts, festivals, broadcasts and recordings. Besides performing, Tala’i has taught at the University and the Centre for the Preservation of Traditional Music in Tehran and at the Centre d’Études de Musique Orientale (C.É.M.O.) at Paris-Sorbonne. Research is an integral part of his work, and he is the author of a study on the modal systems of Iranian-Arab-Turkish traditions at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre.
The concert will be preceded on 30 March in the afternoon by an exploratory interview on ‘The legacy, aesthetics and the present of the Persian radif’ by Giovanni De Zorzi, who will interview Maestro Tala’i. The meeting, which will be streamed live, will provide an in-depth look at various aspects of improvised musical practices and the classical repertoire of the Persian radif to be heard at the concert.