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Javid AfsariRad


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Javid AfsariRad


 

Javid Afsari Rad

Javid Afsari Rad (b. 1965), plays a number of instruments, the Persian santur being his main instrument. He has lived in Norway since 1986 and comes originally from Iran, where he studied classical Persian music. Javid is also a composer and is artistic director of the ensembles ComboNations, Rumi Ensemble and Norwegian World Orchestra. The music he composes is strongly inspired by the Persian tradition he studied in Iran, but also by his study of Western classical music in Norway. He has toured throughout much of the world and has composed a number of commissioned works, including one for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in 2006. In 2008 Javid was named the Municipality of Oslo “Artist of the Year”. One of his main projects is to create new and exciting musical expression through the fusion of diverse musical traditions. His groups feature musicians from, among other countries, Iran, India, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Senegal.

 
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ComboNations


ComboNations


 

ComboNations

ComboNations, established in 2000, is a group founded and led by Javid Afsari Rad. He composes and arranges the music and plays the Persian santur. The idea behind the project is to bring together and showcase the crème de la crème of World Music based in Norway. Javid resides in Oslo, but comes originally from Iran. The other musicians in the group have roots from India, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Morocco. The band attests to the rich and multicultural musical milieu of Norway. The musicians are virtuosos on their chosen instruments, not only by Norwegian standards, but in an international context as well, and with backgrounds embracing different cultures and music traditions, they create together musical expression that is entirely new. An air of playfulness and the wish to overcome barriers and limits have been the driving force behind this ensemble.

ComboNations consists of:
Javid Afsari Rad    santur, artistic director
Solo Cissokho       kora
Harpreet Bansal   violin
Aissa Tobi              sintir, rabab
Diom de Kossa     percussion
Jai Shankar           tablas

 

FROM A PERFORMANCE IN SAGENE CHURCH, OSLO, 21 MARCH 2014

 
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Rumi


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Rumi Ensemble

Rumi Ensemble, established in 2007, is led by Javid Afsari Rad, who, besides composing and arranging the music, plays the Persian santur. The ensemble is named for the 13th-century Persian poet, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, who lived in Iran and who continues to exert an enormous influence on Persian culture to this very day. The rhythmic aspect is a central element in Rumi’s poems, and Javid incorporates this rhythmic energy and vitality into his music. Contrast is a vital ingredient of musical expression in this ensemble, as it moves from passages quiet and meditative to segments brimming with energy and intensity. Rumi Ensemble features some of the leading musicians within the Persian and Western classical music traditions. The ensemble, which has collaborated with a number of distinguished Iranian musicians, composers, and dancers, has a nucleus of six musicians, but can vary in size from trio on up.

Rumi Ensemble consists of:
Javid Afsari Rad   santur
Sara Övinge   violin
Tove Margrethe Erikstad   cello
Habib Meftah Boushehri   percussion
Harpreet Bansal  violin
Minna Eline Fors   violin

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