Reza Vali’s Cello Concerto, The Dervish and the Magus receives its World Premiere in Hohenems, Austria on July 4, 2015. Cellist Kian Soltani, to whom the rewritten work was dedicated, will be accompanied by the Arpeggione Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Stephen Guntzenhauser. The Dervish and The Magus was written in 1994 and revised in 2012. The cello concerto is composed in form of music for an imaginary ballet in seven scenes consisting of three characters. The Dervish, a holy and pure character, is represented by the cello throughout the concerto. The Magus is the scheming and evil second character, its entrances marked by harsh and dissonant harmonies in the orchestra. Finally, the “Folk” is the rather naive character represented by a traditional song throughout the composition.
The Brevard, NC Festival Orchestra, led by Keith Lockhard, will premiere Vali’s The Ancient Call for micro-tonal trumpet and orchestra on July 8, 2015. The work, which is subtitled Calligraphy No. 13, was written for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s trumpet virtuoso Neal Berntsen. The specially-designed micro-tonal instrument featured in the piece can perform up to 24 notes per octave. The fundamental elements of the composition such as the tuning, melody, rhythm, form, and polyphony are all derived from the Persian modal system, the Dastgâh/Maghâm, about which the composer writes, “this work has been to create a dialogue between two different musical systems.”
Folk Songs (Set No. 14) will be performed at the Alice Tully Hall on April 10, 2015 by the Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs. The performance will be the New York premiere.