A musical journey through Iran, from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, from north to south and in between. Melodies that have survived various eras of Iran’s history and were passed down from generation to generation. The repertoire is conceived and adapted for renown, and distinct style of Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam accompanied by the multiple faceted artist Karine Gonzalez and serenaded by the remarkable voice of Fariba Davody.
Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam graduated from the University of Paris VIII with a degree in History of Art and Theatre. He specialized in Middle Eastern folk and mystical dance and had a profound interest in Indian, Indonesian, and Flamenco dances. Shahrokh joined the renowned “Théâtre du Soleil” in 1991 where he played lead roles in Ariane Mnouchkine’s productions of “Tartuffe” “La ville parjure” and “Les Atrides.” In 1997 he established the Nakissa ART Dance Company and created “A Persian Night’s Dream” , the “Route of the Orient,” “Nostalgia or Ghassedak,” the “7 Princesses” (Haft Peykar,) “Omar Khayam,” “Les Danses Mythologiques,” “Mani the Buddha of Light,” “Rumi le brûlé,“ . Shahrokh has also appeared in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” directed by Christophe Rauck; “Romeo and Juliette,” directed by Lionel Briand; “The Baccantes” by Euripides, directed by Usevio Lazaro; “A Soldier’s Tale” , “La diva d’Auschwitz,” directed by Antoine Campo, “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Phillip Adrian; and “Kidnapping at the Seraglio” by Mozart, directed by Jérome Deschamps and Macha Makeïef. His directorial credits include Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis in Persian “Zohreh va Manouchehr”, “Mardha va Chiz” (Men and the Thing), and “Kafané Siah” (Black Shroud). He was an official member of the “Comédie Fançaise” from 2005 to 2012 with appearances in “Le Sicilien” by Lully-Molière, directed by Jean-Marie Villégier; “La Maison des Morts” by Philippe Minyana, directed by Robert Cantarella; and “Pedro et le Commandeur” by Felix Lope de Vega, directed by Omar Porras. His most recent creation is “Aref Nameh”, a play based on Iraj Mirza’s book.
Karine Gonzalez is a multifaceted artist. After studying piano, music theory and ballet dance for over ten years, she naturally found her passion in Flamenco; her ideal language to express herself artistically, especially as it originates from her roots in Spain. She studied Spanish literature and wrote her master’s thesis on Flamenco and called it “My Flamenco Movements.” Since 1998, she has choreographed and performed with a large variety of productions and world-famous artists, including a Sufi solo performance in Tony Gatlif’s film “Vengo” beside Tomatito, Antonio Canales and Sheikh Ahmad Al Tuni, while having worked for two years with the world famous school of flamenco of Madrid under the leadership of Antonio Reyes (professor and dancer of flamenco, Nacional Ballet of España) where she joined his company for the choreographic competition of Madrid. She met the actor, dancer and choreographer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam in Paris, with whom she studied Sufi and diverse Persian dance styles. She has performed in many of his creations inspired by mystic Persian mythology and poetry, including “Haft Peykar,” “Omar Khayyam”, “Dance Variation,” as well as “Love Stories of the Shahnâmeh.”
Fariba Davody began singing at the age of seven. As a child, she competed in local talent shows impressing audiences with her natural singing abilities. She learned music and singing from Hengameh Akhavan, Fakhri Maleki, Fereydoun Moshiri, Mohsen Keramati, Jansouz Dadbeh, Ahmad Ebrahimi, Mozafar Shafiei, and Mohammadreza Shajarian while studying music theory with Hossein Alizadeh and Mohammad Reza Lotfi. She earned a BS degree in Economics and Banking but continued her education as a musician and vocalist by taking relevant courses in Iran. Fariba first captured the public’s eyes as a vocalist with a group of musicians and singers in Iran performing classic Persian covers and donating her fees to people living with cancer and diabetes. She later established a solo career, becoming a well-known artist attracting record producers. She founded “Avaye Mehr” music and art school in Iran, immigrated to Canada with her family in 2010, and has performed in live concerts and held singing workshops in Halifax, Montreal and Toronto since. She has also had several concerts with Dastan Group in Halifax and Constantinople in Montreal as well as Shiraz Group in Toronto. Also, she has performed in festivals such as Prismatic and Multicultural. Fariba Davody is running “Avaye Mehr” music and art school both in Iran and Canada.
This article originally appeared in the 2017 edition of Tirgan Magazine.
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