A team of experienced Kashmiri & Iranian artists have come together in the U.S. state of Texas to work on a coronavirus pandemic project.
The partnership resulted in a bilingual music video ‘Naazninay’-O Beauty, influenced by Qaiser Nizami’s Kashmiri melody, and arranged in a statement by Ehsan Matoori, a US-based musician and Iranian-born Santoor singer, an Amateur Theatre Group spokesperson said.
“It is the first of its kind of collaboration between renowned vocalists Alireza Ghorbani (Iran) and Qaiser Nizami (Kashmir) who have brought together a team of accomplished artists, academics, musicians and choreographers from various countries, including India, Iran, Lebanon and the United States,” he said.
He said Ghorbani is a Persian song’s foreground singer and a master of various scales of Middle Eastern music while Qaiser Nizami is trained in Kashmir’s Indian Classical and Sufiyana tradition.
‘Naazninay’ is expected to be released by Sheed Records on July 27, and will be available on all international digital platforms, including Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Google Play.
The music video is directed by renowned Iranian filmmaker Afshin Hashemi, director of Soft Voice, an English-language feature film that was shown at several international film festivals. The album will also be published July 27 by BBC Persian.
The video shooting was performed in Tehran and in Chicago with musicians including the Grammy-award winning Mike Block and dancers from three different ethno-cultural backgrounds, namely, Indian, Iranian and African-American.
The output is part of a larger multi-lingual, multicultural project named ‘The Voices and Bridges’ which was created, written and arranged by Ehsan Matoori with Dr. Sadaf Munshi as the project’s linguistic advisor.
‘The Voices and Bridges’ is an inspiration for carving soul-touching and mellifluous songs using melodies and poetic styles from diverse cultures around the globe.
The lyrics are based on compositions by famous poets such as Jorge Borges, Nima Yooshij, Pablo Neruda, Rabindranath Tagore, Nazim Hikmet, Pierre Reverdy, Allama Iqbal, Margot Bickel and Lal Ded, from various parts of the world.