Sept 26: Getting lucky


Sept 26: Getting lucky
by Jahanshah Javid

It wasn't easy to organize our next music festival. Originally I had my eyes set on The Doors drummer John Densmore who plays Persian fusion with Reza Derakhshani. It would have been fantastic to see an American rock icon on stage performing Persian music with an American flavor. We were very close in finalizing the deal, but unfortunately it did not work out.

Then I got lucky.

I had always had The Three Iranian Sopranos in the back of my mind. I had seen their videos on YouTube in recent months and thought it would be wonderful to introduce them to Iranian audiences in the U.S. They are so elegant, talented and beautiful. And one can't help the incredible sense of freedom they bring knowing that they cannot perform in their homeland.

Their pianist/manager Hooman Khalatbari gave the good news that the ladies were free on September 26 and agreed to come and perform for in San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts (tickets will go on sale next week). This will be their first ever performance in the U.S. and no doubt will boost their popularity.  They are doing for Iranians what Pavarotti and his Three Tenors did for Westerners: popularizing opera and classical music.

Iranians have had a presence in the world of classical music. There have been those who have become conductors, pianists, violinists and... in symphony orchestras in western countries. But Iranian tenors and sopranos are relatively new to the scene. And The Three Sopranos are making a great example for others to emerge.

Our opening act for September 26 will be Fared Shafinury and his band Tehranosaurus. I became an instant fan of his when I saw the video for "Arianaz". It's a mesmerizing song; so sweet and tender.

Raised in Texas, Fared brings a musical style that's not entirely Iranian. There's a bit of jazz, some blues and rock, too. The combination of all these styles and influences have  transformed Iranian classical music into a unique sound that feels right to our own diverse tastes and styles as Iranians in the diaspora.

Fared's performance will be just in time for the release of his full-length CD. You will hear a lot about him in years to come. Just remember where you heard him first :)

Hope to see you on the night of the concert to enjoy some unforgettable performances.

The Three Iranian Sopranos:

Fared's "Arianaz"


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by Monda on

Counting days!

Shifteh Ansari

We'll be there!

by Shifteh Ansari on

Thanks JJ.  The four of us will be there. Can't wait!


Fabulous choice

by sima on

Can't wait.


When are you going to invite Arian band?

by yolanda on

They can bring down the house! The violinist is great!



Am jealous again...

by Princess on

Enjoy va jaayeh maram khali konid!

Natalia Alvarado-Alvarez


by Natalia Alvarado-Alvarez on



Darius Kadivar

What about Monika Jalili and Noorsaaz ?

by Darius Kadivar on

Congrats JJ,

I hope you can get Noorsaaz Band to Join too. They truly are a bridge between an Iranian and American audience.

They have just released a new Album ELAN.

See Official Website:


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Nazy Kaviani

A stellar lineup!

by Nazy Kaviani on

This is wonderful news, Jahanshah! I love the artists you have managed to bring to the Bay Area.

I met Fared Shafinury and his band, Tehranosaurus when they were performing at the IAAB conference here in April. Their music is pure magic. Fared's music is a very interesting brand of fusion with Persian melodies and dixie mixed to perfection.

The Three Sopranos and Hooman Khalatbari, each accomplished artists in well-established opera companies, have managed to get together to bring us a very fresh view into opera. I am sure this will be another wonderful evening to remember. Thank you for the gift of music.

I would like to share two clips of the artists here, too. The first one is The Three Iranian Sopranos singing "Iran e Maa" in Vancouver. The second one is a solo performance by Fared Shafinury in Austin, Texas, where he sings a song he wrote based on a Sohrab Sepehri poem.

Good going and I look forward to September 26th.



Anahid Hojjati

Dear Janhanshah, this looks like a very nice line up

by Anahid Hojjati on

Dear Jahanshah, it looks like it is going to be another great concert.  Last time, I had a great time in the concert in April 2009.  I like that the acts that you have chosen, combine different styles and influences.  Thanks for all your hard work in arranging this concert.  I will be there.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

More power to you JJ

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on

Every voice counts! Every action counts!