Ordway Iranian Music Concert

September 25

Aida Shaghasemi, Nima Hafezieh, Niloofar Hadi Sohi and the Aras Ensemble in concert Sunday, September 25 at the Ordway Concert Hall, . 345 Washington St., St. Paul.

Music of Iran

Location: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Date: Sunday Sept 25, 2pm

The Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective presents a concert of Iranian music performed by some of Minnesota’s most talented Iranian-American musicians.

The Aras Ensemble, like its namesake river in Iran, navigates through a diverse and rich musical landscape, telling stories of love, nostalgia, longing, hope and happiness. Stories that will be heartfelt by people across languages and cultures.

Aras consists of Niloofar Sohi – viola, Negin Chahardoli – daf, Yashar Alizadeh – guitar and vocals and Aidin Milani – tar, divan & vocal.

Niloofar Sohi will also perform several compositions for viola by contemporary Iranian composers, accompanied by pianist Jordan Buchholtz.

Twin Cities Daf Ensemble will play traditional Iranian frame drums that was founded by the accomplished Daf player Ms. Negin Chahardoli in 2021. Members include Hossein Jalali, Kimia Astani, Leila Tehrani, Mehdi Shokoui, Ali Rashid, Azadeh Deluca, Maryam Azizi, Rachel Milloy and Amir Ali Behdani.

Vocalist Aida Shahghasemi  sings in a hauntingly beautiful and evocative style. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and has performed locally at the Dakota Jazz Club, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Icehouse. 
Aida will perform the concluding segment of the concert, accompanied by virtuoso pianist Nima Hafezieh.

This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 


Made possible by sponsors:

GeeVida Health, Hemisphere Restaurant Group, Apadana Technology & Long Lake Family Dentistry, Bridge Realty, Crave restaurant.