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Forthcoming SoSaLa concert: Oct. 18th, 2015 in NY!

SoSaLa & Kamran HooshmandDate: Sunday, October 18, 2015
(Door open @ 7:00 pm.)
Line up/show times: 
SoSaLa from 8pm – 8:45pm and 
Kamran Hooshmand from 9pm – 9:45pm
Venue: CA Music Room (218 E. 25th Street, NY, NY 10010, Tel#: 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919)
Ticket price: $20 (including wine & snacks)
PLease call 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919 for advanced reservations as space is limited.

* About the artists

SoSaLa. For this event Sohrab invited his colleagues Baba Donn Eaton (LAST POETS) on percussion, harmonica and vocals and Kaveh Haghtalab on kamancheh. SoSaLa is opening up for Kamran Hooshmand.

Kamran Hooshmand ( https://www.facebook.com/kamranhooshmandmusic ) is an Iranian-American musician, ethnomusicologist and scholar residing in Austin, Texas. He performs regularly with his bands the 1001 Nights Orchestra and Ojalá as well as frequently featured in Texas Early Music Projects’ concerts of Medieval, Sephardic and Renaissance music. His self-produced CDs have been on the top-10 lists of the Austin Chronicle. He has contributed to award-winning film and tv soundtracks from scoring silent films to IMAX and PBS documentaries. His most recent collaboration on the oud and santur is on the 2015 Grammy-nominated album Nocturne Diaries by American roots singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson.

In this concert, unlike big ensemble productions that he is normally associated with, Kamran will perform a mix of Middle Eastern/Balkan traditional & early music pieces and original contemporary Persian songs based on the poetry of some of Iran’s prominent poets on the barbat (Persian oud) and the guitar in an intimate, acoustic setting. 

Kamran will be joined by master oboe player Jeff Kahan, the wonderful Mizrahi chanteuse Galeet Dardashti and the percussionist extraordinaire and frame drum specialist Alby Roblejo.

1001 Nights Orchestra YouTube videos:

https://youtu.be/LnbuLVggdw8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3i_Nv5vI7g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg8EsFPg8sg

 

 

Special News: Sohrab’s non-profit organization Musicians For Musicians, Inc

MFM jpg logoThe purpose of  Musicians For Musicians, Inc (MFM) is to raise the standard of living for working musicians in the greater New York City area. The mission is to form a grass roots organization of professional independent musicians to share their experience, knowledge and inspiration, and to build a vibrant and sustainable community that supports living wages, health care and pension benefits for all musicians.

Why is Sohrab doing this?

Simply, he’s tired of complaining about anything that doesn’t work in his musician’s life…and he’s tired of hearing his peers complaining in the same way. Sohrab believes that changes in musicians lives can only be done as a group. Musicians need to organize!

Only a big group of musicians can tackle their problems. The public will get aware of them and listen to their messages. But before becoming a voice musicians need to revolutionize themselves first, i.e. musicians have to become educated. They need to know what’s going wrong, admit that they made mistakes in the past, find a language to speak with each other in a comprehensive way. Understand that they work (YES composing and performing music is WORK!), and that they aren’t different from other working people.

During the last two years he’s met many musicians and music activists who feel the same way. They support Sohrab’s endeavour and share the idea that now is the right time to organise musicians regardless what music style they play.

The slogan of the foundation is making music is a profession! Musicians become adults, forget that being an artist doesn’t mean that you’re not working. Like anybody you need social benefits, such as health insurance, a pension fund, etc.