Sima Bina

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Simā Binā
سیما بینا
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Simā Binā in a concert at Isala Theater, Capelle aan den IJssel, Rotterdam (NL), December 6, 2014
Background information
Birth nameSimā Binā
Born (1945-01-04) January 4, 1945 (age 74)
OriginBirjand, Iran
GenresPersian traditional music
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, researcher
Instrumentsvoice, setar, dayereh
Years active1960s-present
Websitesima-bina.com

Sima Bina (Persian: سیما بینا‎, Simā Binā, born January 4, 1945 in Birjand, Iran) is a notable Iranian traditional musician, composer, researcher, painter and teacher, described by Radio WDR Germany as the "grand lady of Iranian folk music". Bina's career in the performing arts has spanned more than five decades. Bina has been able to gather and revive a collection of nearly forgotten Iranian folk songs and melodies. She has done extensive research on their origin, which included collecting, recording, writing and re-interpreting popular regional music. Her works cover the entire spectrum of Iranian folk music including Mazandarani music, Kurdish music, Turkmen music, Baloch music, Lur music, Shirazi music, Afghan music, Bakhtiari music, and the music of North and South Khorasan.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Khorasan, in the heart of the popular tradition, she started her career on Iranian radio at the age of nine, under the guidance of her father, Ahmad Bina – a master of Iranian classical music and poet who wrote many of her early songs. Bina studied the radif repertoire and avaz vocal technique with great masters such as Maaroufi and Zarrin Panjeh. She went on to acquire her own solo program, Golhaye Sahraii (Flowers of the Desert), presenting a collection of folk songs and music from various regions of Iran.

After graduating from Tehran University in 1969, majoring in fine arts, Sima Bina continued her musical studies, and perfected her knowledge of the radif under the direction of Master Davami. Since 1993, she has accepted invitations to perform her music worldwide in festivals and organized concerts featuring Persian classical music.[1] She currently lives between Cologne, Germany and Tehran, Iran.

Iranian Lullabies[edit]

While pursuing Iranian folksongs, Sima Bina often came across a variety of ethnic lullabies which she added to her collected works. This collection finally led to the creation of a book, called Iranian Lullabies in 2009. In this book, Bina not only shares her findings, her perception, the scores and visual expression of the selected lullabies with mothers, but also presents forty original Iranian lullabies in four volumes, where her vocals are sometimes blended in with the singing of the mothers, who had sung the lullabies to her in different parts of Iran.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "نگاهی گذرا به زندگی سیما بینا". DW.DE. (in Persian)

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