Chant and Dance
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Unique and highly original music that shows strong influences of his Persian heritage.

Here is a welcome companion to the acclaimed release of Reza Vali's music for string quartet on TROY790. This time music for larger chamber ensembles is featured, with an emphasis on the Persian folk music Vali grew up with. Since 1988 he has been on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, and has received numerous awards and commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Kronos Quartet and many other ensembles. His early works indicated his interest in the avant-garde but in recent years he has composed works featuring strong influences from the music of his native Persia. The sets of Folk Songs and particularly the Calligraphy No. 4, with its use of the santoor (a Persian hammered dulcimer), derive almost entirely from Persian folk song. This is truly unique and highly original music.
Reza Vali, composer
Chant and Dance
Patrick Leyden, clarinet, Alberto Almarza, flute, Luz Manriquez, piano, Jon Crabiel, Patricio Hernandez, Damien Bassman, percussion, Nizan Leibovich, conductor

Reza Vali, composer
Folk Songs, Set No. 12A
Mimi Lerner, mezzo soprano, Irene Schreier, piano, Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Reza Vali, composer
Calligraphy No. 4
Dariush Saghafi, Persian santoor, Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Reza Vali, composer
Folk Songs, Set No. 15
The Seattle Chamber Players, Matthew Kocmieroski, percussion

Review to come.
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