Yes, they’re finally on their way. Eishan Ensemble brings the beating heart of Persian music and the deep soul of jazz to town on August 6.
Acclaimed Persian-Australian composer and tar player Hamed Sadeghi, guitarist Pedram Layegh, sax player Michael Avgenicos, Max Alduca on double bass, and percussionist Adem Yilmaz call their improvised fusion a “new language of music”.
How does it sound? Well, if you close your eyes and feel, Eishan’s western jazz is like a sensual base note, all smooth and rhythmic. Its classical Persian is like exotic perfume, playing your heart, opening you for the next breath. And, as with the theme of lover and beloved, union is the aim.
Sadeghi said the ensemble will perform songs chosen from their three albums, Nim Dong, Afternoon Tea at Six, and Project Masnavi.
Lovers of 13th century Persian poet Rumi may appreciate that the last album is named after the mystic’s six book epic poem Masnavi.
“Rumi’s quote ‘the garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind’ resonated with me,” Sadeghi said. “I felt compelled to explore it further.”
Hope this wets your appetite?
What others say:
Sydney Morning Herald: “Shock of the new colliding with the ancient … casts a spell of its own … astonishing power and compulsive impact” - John Shand.
The progressive Aspect (UK): “The music is complex, multifaceted and polyrhythmic, yet the delivery is so easy and relaxed, so it’s never a difficult listen”.Saturday, 6th August, 7.30pm - Sandgate Town HallBooking online: www.musicbythesea.com.auIn appreciation of ART