Always striving for the discovery of new ways of expression and unheard sounds, internationally acclaimed pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati and Kamancheh-Virtuoso Misagh Joolaee have been working together since 2019. The combination of the Kamancheh – a traditional Iranian string instrument – and the piano – one of the most important instruments in Western music– is absolutely unique and reflects the idea of intercultural understanding and the interconnecting spirit of music.
Schaghajegh Nosrati is an internationally known classical pianist. Having an excellent reputation as an interpreter of Bach ́s music on the modern piano, she has been collaborating with Sir András Schiff who invited her to play a tour in Europe together with his chamber orchestra Cappella Andrea Barca, performing in venues such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Musikverein Wien. In 2020 she became a faculty member of the Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin as the teaching assistant of Sir András Schiff.
Misagh Joolaee is one of the most sought-after Kamancheh-Virtuosos of his generation. His solo recordings “Ferne” and “Unknown Nearness” have both been awarded the prestigious German Record Critics Award. In 2021, he was invited to play a concert tour in the Netherlands with Cappella Amsterdam within the November Music Festival and in venues such as the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam. More about Misagh Joolaee: click
Besides featuring original compositions by Misagh Joolaee, the Duo presents music from Azerbaijan and Armenia– two countries that were in war most recently. In the world of music this is brought ad absurdum as the music of these regions is characterized by an enormous melodic and harmonic closeness and steeped relationship with regards to its ingenious ornamentation.
Embedded into the abstract idea of “Persian Miniature”, borders, tensions and conflicts are dissolved into dance and longing and point towards a better future.
In a similar way classical composers of European music always tried to overcome borders and to advance to the connecting element of music. Such as in Bartók’s six Romanian Folk Songs: melodies and rhythms can be heard which are sung and danced in Romania as well as in Hungary.
The five Greek Folk Songs (“Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques”), composed between 1904 and 1906, mark the beginning of a phase in the compositional Oeuvre of Maurice Ravel characterized by an intense interaction with folk songs of different cultures and epochs. In the novel instrumental line-up Kamancheh and piano the central motto of this concert becomes visible: Music brings people together.
Invitation to the Spell
Negarin for kamancheh & piano 5 ́
II. Sash Dance
III. In One Spot
IV. Dance from Bucsum V. Romanian Polka
VI. Fast Dance
I. Le Réveil de la Mariée
II. Là-Bas, vers l ́église
III. Quel galant m ́est comparable
IV. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques V. Tout gai!
„After a Summer Dance of Maples“ for kamancheh and piano 6’30“
„Sene de Qalmaz“ for kamancheh and piano 3’
“Qizlarin Mahnisi“ for kamancheh and piano 1’30“
„Before Dawn“ for kamancheh solo 6’30“
„Erzincan düz halayi“ for kamancheh and piano 3’30“
„Prelude“, „Vagharshapat Dance“ for piano 3’30“
(arr. C. Sadykhov)
„Marmara Sea“ for kamancheh and piano 3 ́30“
Elegy „In memoriam Aram Khachaturian“ for piano 3’
„In the eye of the wind“ for kamancheh and piano 4 ́