A celebration of Iranian culture, on the occasion of Nouruz (Spring).
The Folk and Traditional Music of Khorasan
Iranian traditional and folk music is a symbol of the rich culture and civilization of this territory and a testament to the presence of different traditions and lifestyles of various ethnicities.
Due to its privileged location at the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road, the Great Khorasan was home to the main cultural centers of East Persia. Thus, Khorasan traditional music is one of the rare styles of Iranian folk music played in two radif, melodic and musical (the traditional repertoire of Iranian classical music), with two repertoires of dutar and sorna.
The city of Torbat-e Jam, located 170km east of Mashhad, capital of Khorasan province, plays an important role in the creation and preservation of this genre of music and is currently considered the birthplace of folk music in this region.
The dutar (two strings) is one of the noblest musical instruments in the region. The dutar of ancient Khorasan, with a history of more than 6,000 years, has been better preserved in the Torbat-e Jam region than anywhere else, and has superior capacity and greater sonic complexity in the interpretation of different melodic modes called Mughams. .
In this context, the Traditional Skills in the Preparation and Performance of the Dutar Musical Instrument were inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, at the 14th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, in 2019.
The mughams and traditional music played on the dutar and other supporting musical instruments represent a diverse combination of festive, mystical, epic and religious lyrics and themes. At present, a large number of these mughams, folk songs and mythical and mystical music, have been preserved by artists from the Khorasan and Jam region.
In this concert, the artists, led by Master Abdollah Abdi Bezdi, will present three distinct categories of traditional and folk music from Khorasan on the dutar, accompanied by Iranian percussion instruments such as the daf and tombak.
Co-organization Embassy of Iran