Reza Vali Premieres, New CD Release, and Spring 2016 Update

Reza Vali Segah bow

Composer Reza Vali takes a bow at the premiere of his work Segah

Reza Vali has been busy with two world premieres as part of the 2016 Segâh Festival of Persian and Turkish Music in Pittsburgh.  The first, Segâh, Double Concerto for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and Orchestra, was premiered on January 15 at the Carnegie Hall by Khosrow Soltani on the Ney, Kian Soltani playing Kamanche, and the Segiah Festival Ensemble conducted by Daniel Curtis.  The second, Sornâ (Folk Songs, Set No. 17), received its world premiere performance on January 16 at the Alumni Concert Hall.  It was premiered by Ismail Lumanovski on solo clarinet and the Hoppa Project ensemble under the baton of Erberk Eryilmaz.  For more information on either of these works, please contact Keiser Classical.

Ashoob (Calligraphy No. 14) for Santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) and string quartet will receive its world premiere on March 18 – 20, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.  It will be performed by Dariush Saghafi on Persian Santoor and the Carpe Diem String Quartet.  For more information on this work, please contact Keiser Classical.

A new CD of Reza Vali’s chamber works, called The Book of Calligraphy, was released by Albany Records on December 1, 2015.

Reza Vali: Six World Premieres and a New CD

Reza Vali

Composer Reza Vali

Two Reza Vali’s compositions will receive their world premiers in Pittsburgh during the Segâh Festival of Persian and Turkish Music in January 2016.  These include “Segâh, Double Concerto for Persian Ney, Kamanche, and Orchestra”, which will be premiered on January 15, 2016 by Khosrow Soltani playing Ney, Kian Soltani playing Kamanche, and the Segâh Festival Ensemble conducted by Daniel Curtis.  And “Sornâ (Folk Songs, Set No. 17), for Persian Wind Instruments and Ensemble” will be premiered on January 16, 2016 by Khosrow Soltani playing Persian wind instruments, and the Hoppa Project Ensemble conducted by Erberk Eryilmaz. For more information on these works contact Keiser Classical.

“The Ancient Call (Calligraphy No. 13)” for microtonal trumpet and orchestra was performed by Neal Berntsen and the Brevard Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, on July 8th, 2015 at the Brevard Festival.  The work requires the use of a specially designed trumpet that can perform 24 notes per octave.  Please contact our rental department for inquiries.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiered “Funebre” on July 1st, 2015.  Please contact our rental department for inquiries.

“Ashoob (Calligraphy No. 14) for Santoor and String Quartet” will premiere in Columbus, Ohio in 2016.  Dariush Saghafi will play the Santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer), accompanied by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.

The Carpe Diem String Quartet commissioned and will premiere a new work by Reza Vali, “Raak (Calligraphy No. 15)”, during their 2016-2017 concert season. A new CD of Reza Vali’s chamber works titled “The Book of Calligraphy” will soon be released by Albany Records.





Three Reza Vali Premieres

Composer Reza ValiReza 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.