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Project Masnavi

Project Masnavi, by the award winning Eishan Ensemble led by the inimitable tar player Hamed Sadeghi, is a sublime and powerful response to centuries old Persian poetry. In a world-premiere and across two nights, Sadeghi and his Eishan Ensemble will perform this new music, showcasing their signature blend of Persian Classical with Western Jazz and improvisation. The combination of instruments (tar, saxophone, accordion, double bass and drums) fuse to create evocative sound scapes and weave beautiful imagery and stories reflective of poet Rumi’s work, and the Masnavi.

In the Studio | Jazz

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“Hamed’s stage presence is a driving force of this power and dynamism.”

Sydney Arts Guide

Persian Classical with Western Jazz and improvisation

Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian tar player and composer, Hamed Sadeghi, the Eishan Ensemble draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both East and West. Eishan’s repertoire consists predominantly of Sadeghi’s original compositions with diverse improvisatory idioms featured powerfully. Toured nationally and internationally numerously the ensemble is described as “Persian chamber jazz” and “Middle-Eastern fusion”, Eishan defies neat labels. Project Masnavi supported by the City of Sydney, will be launched at the Sydney Opera House as a world premiere.

Project Masnavi supported by the City of Sydney, will be launched at the Sydney Opera House on the 14th and 15th of May 2021 as a world premiere.

Featured artists:
Hamed Sadeghi, tar
Michael Avgenicos, saxophone
Max Alduca, double bass
Marcello Maio, accordion
Alexander Inman-Hislop, drums

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