The Ancient Call
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Reza Vali continues to explore his Persian heritage with these intriguing compositions.

Iranian-American composer Reza Vali has a unique and very personal ethos in that his artistic output attempts to understand the dialogue between the ancients and the moderns. It addresses his conviction that what has been historically and artistically camouflaged can be revealed. Since 2000, Vali has been composing exclusively within the demanding palette of Persian polyphony. The works on this recording include a works for microtonal trumpet and orchestra; songs using Persian folksongs as their inspiration; a work originally written for Persian wind instruments and ensemble, scored for clarinet and ensemble here; and a work for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and orchestra. A member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon, Vali studied in Iran, at the Academy of Music in Vienna, and the University of Pittsburgh. The recipient of numerous awards and commissions, his music has been performed by some of the most notable orchestras and ensembles in the United States, including the Seattle Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Kronos Quartet, among many others. This is his fourth recording for Albany Records.
Reza Vali, composer
The Ancient Call (Calligraphy No. 13)
Neal Berntsen, microtonal trumpet; Brevard Chamber Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor

Reza Vali, composer
Persian Folk Songs (Set No. 7)
Wendy Kallen, soprano; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Robert Black, conductor

Reza Vali, composer
Sornâ (Folk Songs, Set No. 17)
Ismail Lurnanovski, clarinet; Hoppa Project; Erberk Eryilmaz, conductor

Reza Vali, composer
Segâh, Double Concerto for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and Orchestra
Khosrow Soltani, Persian ney; Kian Soltani, kamance; Segâh Festival Ensemble; Daniel Nesta Curtis, conductor

"…Vali is deeply musical, and his work suggests an admirable and seductive flow; it often feels like a stream of melody that one embarks upon for the voyage of each piece…this is another winning entry from this composer, whose cross-cultural project strikes me as deep, substantial, and expressive." (Fanfare)

"…It is staggering that three out of four performances are live, given the sheer standard of both performance and recording. The sheer presence of the soloists in the final item, Sagâh, is almost shockingly good. Vali's voice is individual and poignant; far from demeaning either of the cultures he works with, both become stronger, enriched." (Fanfare)
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