Though sonically representative of two different regions and cultures of the world, traditional Iranian music and jazz are both rooted in improvisational practices. The music of Iran is an improvisatory music occurring within a specific framework that includes traditional melodic and rhythmic structures combined with Iranian poetry. Jazz improvisation also incorporates established themes and rhythmic patterns; however, over the years, jazz has openly welcomed international musical cultures into its contemporary forms. In this album, the Sibarg Ensemble explores the concept of combining the sounds of Iranian music and American jazz through an intercultural improvised music making. By utilizing Iranian and Western instruments, including the kamâncheh, târ, robâb, vocals, piano, double bass, and drums the musicians draw on their own musical backgrounds while creating a unique dialogue with one another. Ultimately, this album cultivates something that is neither Iranian nor American, but rather a fluid soundscape that transgresses regional and cultural identifications.
Recorded by Chris Hobson at Rarefied Studio, San Diego, California
Recorded November 5, 2016
Additional recording by Saman Motamed
Mixed and mastered by Matt Baltrucki
Graphic design by Ebrahim Poustinchi
Sponsored by the Jordan Center for Persian Studies at UC Irvine
Special thanks to the Farhang Foundation for their continued support