Persian: شهرام ناظری
|Born||18 February 1950|
|Genres||Kurdish music, Iranian music|
Shahram Nazeri (Persian: شهرام ناظری; Persian pronunciation: [ʃæhˈɾɒːm nɒːzɛˈɾiː]; kurdish: şehram nazirî; also Romanized as Shahrām Nāzeri; born 18 February 1950) is a contemporary kurdish tenor from Kermanshah who sings classical music. He has been accompanied by some of the authorities of Iranian traditional music such as Jalil Shahnaz, Hossein Alizadeh, Jalal Zolfonoun and Faramarz Payvar. He has also worked with his son Hafez Nazeri, a composer.
Born in a Kurdish family, he was the first musician to include Rumi's poetry within Persian music, thus establishing a tradition of Sufi music within both Persian classical music and Kurdish music.The Christian Science Monitor has called him "Iran's Pavarotti". Most recently he was awarded with Chevalier des Arts et Lettres medal from the government of France for his lifetime achievements in Iranian traditional music. Also Asia Society has awarded him by Lifetime Cultural Heritage Award.
Shahram Nazeri has been established as a significant artist in Iran since the 1970s. His first albums which were in the form of mutual albums with Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, were published by the Chavoush institute by the end of the late the 1970s. The content of these albums were filled with liberalism and patriotic ideas.
Nazeri has released over forty recordings to date; His "The One Hundred Leaf Flower" (Gol'eh Sad Barg) recording has held the record for the highest selling album of Persian classical music and Sufi music in history. His musical talents were first nurtured by his mother at a very young age. Throughout his childhood, he was under the tutelage of the most renowned masters of Persian music including Abdollah Davami, Nourali Boroumand, and Mahmood Karimi. At eleven, he performed on the national Iranian television live for the first time. By age 29, he had gained a loyal fan base. He has continued to perform in Iran and abroad over the course of the last two decades. He has performed at major venues worldwide, including The festival of Avignon, Theâtre de la Ville in Paris, The Tokyo Summer festival, The Kodak Theatre (Oscar ceremony) in Los Angeles, and the Royal Albert Hall, the Festa del Popolo in Italy, The Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon, the Kölner Philharmonic in Germany, Asia Society, World Music Instituted and Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM in New York, the Roma Europa Festival in Rome, São Paulo Music Festival in Brazil and Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco and many others.
From early on, Nazeri began to sing and compose music to the works of Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Iran's most cherished Sufi poet. Nazeri was also pioneering in assimilating contemporary Persian poetry into the classical repertoire. His progressive approach to music has led to collaborative new projects with his son, composer and singer Hafez Nazeri. In year 2000 they performed Hafez's new composition in Iran which has held the record for the most highly attended concert 140.000 in entire Middle East. In 2005/06 Nazeri along with his son's new Rumi ensemble launched "In the Path of Rumi," a highly successful North American tour which performed record-breaking sold-out concerts, to rave reviews. The venues, included Los Angeles' Kodak theater (12/11/05), – the most highly attended Persian classical music concert outside of Iran.
Some of his albums are:
- Amir Kabir 2011, composed and led by Pejman Taheri
- The Passion of Rumi 2008 (Live recording from Tehran, 2001), composed by Shahram Nazeri, arranged by Hafez Nazeri
- The Book of Austerity 2007, with Farrokhzad Layegh
- Mythical Chant 2002, also called Naghme-haye Sassani (Songs from Sassanid era), with Bashipour and Hafez Nazeri
- Loulian 2001, with Dastan ensemble, composed by Shahram Nazeri and Hamid Motebassem
- Shahram Nazeri & the Dastan Ensemble, 2001, Live in France, arranged by Kayhan Kalhor
- Avaze Asatir, Kurdish Shahnameh, 2000, Daf by Hafez Nazeri, Tanboor by Alireza Feiz Bashi Pour
- Safar be Digar Sou 1998, Live in Washington, D.C., (Through Eternity), composed by Shahram Nazeri, arranged by Dastan ensemble
- 98's Concert 1998, Live in Shiraz on Hafez’ Anniversary, with Kamkars and Hafez Nazeri
- Nowruz 1990, Live in Cologne, Germany, performed by Aref and Shayda Ensemble, composed by Hossein Alizadeh plus some Persian folk songs
- Les Maitres de la Musique Traditionnelle: Nazeri & Tala’i 1980s, Live at the Théâtre de la Ville
- Gol-e Sadbarg 1984, (One hundred-petalled flower), composed by Jalal Zolfonoun, Shahram Nazeri & Reza Ghassemi
- Atashi Dar Neyestan 1980s, (A Fire in the Reed-Bed), composed by Jalal Zolfonoun & Shahram Nazeri
- Layli & Majnoun 1990, (the Beloved and the Lover), with masters of Persian music composed by Faramarz Payvar
- Concert of the Masters of Persian Music 1989, Faramarz Payvar, Ali-Asghar Bahari, Jalil Shahnaz, Mohammad Mousavi and Mohammad Esmaili
- Del-e Shayda 1990s, (Enchanted Heart), performed by masters of Persian music, composed by Faramarz Payvar
- Chashm Be-raah 1990s, (Kept Awaiting), with Atta Jangouk
- Mystified 1990s, (Heyrani), performed by Shams Ensemble, composed by Kaykhosro Pournazeri
- Mahtab-rou 1990s, (as beautiful as the moon), performed by Shams Ensemble, composed by Kaykhosro Pournazeri
- Voice of Endearment 1970s, (Sedaye Sokhan-e Eshgh), performed by Shams Ensemble, composed by Kaykhosro Pournazeri
- Shour-Angiz 1980s, (Joy-giver), composed by Hossein Alizadeh, performed by Aref and Shayda Ensemble
- Yadegar-e doust (In remembrance of a friend), composed by Kambiz Roshanravan
- Baharan-e Abidar 1980s (Springtime in Abidar [a mountain around Sanandaj / Iran]), with Kamkars group
- Beshno az Ney 1980s (Listen to the Reed), with Fereydoun Shahbazian
- Dar Golestaneh 1980s, (In Golestaneh [a village around Kashan / Isfahan province]),composed by Hooshang Kamkar
- Laleh Bahar 1970s, (Spring Tulip), with Aref Ensemble, composed by Parviz Meshkatian
- Bi Gharar 1980s, composed by Jalil Andalibi
- Kish-e mehr 1980s, (Manner of Affection) composed by Jalil Andalibi
- Benmay Rokh 1970s, (Show me your Face), composed by Jalil Andalibi
- Chavoush (4 Volumes) 1970s, performed by Shayda Ensembe, composed by Mohammad-Reza Lotfi
- Kave-e Ahangar , (composed by Farid Elhami, Tanbour by Farid Elhami)
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