The Persian New Year (Norouz). Shahab Tolouie quartet.
On Sunday March 21st 2010, at 19:30 in the ABC Theatre, a unique music event will be taking place. LEGENDS OF THE CZECH MUSIC SCENE will, for the first time, celebrate THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR, which traditionally falls on the first day of spring.
Norouz (from the Persian ‘New Day’), is celebrated around the world by more than 300 million people. The inspiration to organise Persian New Year festivities in the heart of Europe initially came to Iranian virtuoso guitarist and singer Shahab Tolouie in 2009. Accordingly, on the occasion of the inaugural Persian New Year celebrations in Prague, he baptized his debut CD “Tango Perso”, which hugely successful collection has attracted the keen interest of some of the world’s most influential media: BBC TV (UK), and Voice of America (USA).
At the concert “Legends of the Czech Music Scene...” at the ABC Theatre, you will have the opportunity to hear ancient Persian airs, and to take in Shahab Tolouie’s exceptional EthnoFlamenco, or Persian-Flamenco, fusion style, described as timeless and unique. / Anahita Shams [London] BBC Persian TV/.
What is extraordinary about this concert is that such greats of the Czech music scene as the famous rock musician and singer David Koller, and the jazzman Pavel J. Ryba, will take part in the venerable Persian celebration, performing an ethno-fusion that will showcase the breathtaking artistry of each of the musicians.
To uphold faithfully the tradition of Norouz, which calls for ‘New Things for The New Day’, Shahab will perform some of his newest pieces this day for the very first time.
Shahab Tolouie(IRN) - flamenco guitar, persian setar, singing
Tomas Reindl(CZ) - ethnic and jazz percussion and drum
Tomas Vychytil(CZ)- acoustic guitar
Martin Kapusnik(SK) - contrabass
Hearn Gadbois (USA) - tombak, daf
David Koller - drum, acoustic guitar, singing
Pavel J. Ryba - bass guitar
Rena Milgrom (CZ) - persian dance
Petra Stastna (CZ) - flamenco dance
Tickets for 200 - 350 CZK at ticket offices MDP: Vodičkova 28, Prague 1; Václavské nam 38, Prague 1
NOROUZ ( From Persian - New day, the Iranian New Year celebration) in early 2010 was officially included in the United Nations calendar. Today, nearly 300 million people around the world celebrate the first day of spring as their new year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. The term Norouz in written first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (c. 648-330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the emperor of Persia on Norouz.