The Book of Calligraphy
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Chamber works by Iranian-born composer Reza Vali that have broken away from the European music system.

Born in Iran, composer Reza Vali studied at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran, the Academy of Music in Vienna and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. He has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. The recipient of numerous honors and commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences, his music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles around the U.S., including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Kronos Quartet, and Da Capo Chamber Players, among many others. His music appears on the Naxos, New Albion, MMC, Ambassador, ABC Classics, and Albany Records labels. In 2001, Vali broke away from the European music system and started composing music based on the Iranian Dastgâh/Maghâm system. To explore his goals of replacing the European equal temperament tuning system; European polyphony; European musical form; and utilizing rhythmic cycles of the Dastgâh/Maghâm system, Vali started composing a series of chamber work using the title Calligraphy. This recording contains all twelve of his Calligraphies, composed between 2000 and 2011.
Contents:
Reza Vali, composer
Calligraphies
Carpe Diem String Quartet

Reza Vali, composer
Calligraphy No. 4
Darius Saghafi, Persian santur; Carpe Diem String Quartet

Reza Vali, composer
Calligraphy No. 5
Charles Wetherbee, violin

Reza Vali, composer
Nayshâboorak (Calligraphy No. 6)
Carpe Diem String Quartet

Reza Vali, composer
Kismet (Calligraphy No. 7)
Paul Taub, flutes

Reza Vali, composer
Kereshmeh (Calligraphy No. 8)
Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Gil Rose, conductor

Reza Vali, composer
Kord (Calligraphy No. 9)
Carol Ou, cello

Reza Vali, composer
Khojasteh (Calligraphy No. 10)
Charles Wetherbee, violin; Carol Ou, cello

Reza Vali, composer
Gâtâr (Calligraphy No. 11)
Carpe Diem String Quartet

Reza Vali, composer
Keryân (Calligraphy No. 12)
Carpe Diem String Quartet

Review:
"As a series, The Book of Calligraphies is fascinating to hear. The sound is exotic; the harmonies, based on the Iranian/Persian augmented scales, are both rich and jaring to Western ears…the music moves in ways that are comprehensible and ultimately satisfying. I stand i awe of the performing artists…" (Fanfare)
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