As you know besides being a professional music, I’m also a MUSICIANS RIGHTS advocate. I’ve been running the non-profit musicians advocacy organization MFM since 2015.
This coming Friday I have the great opportunity to speak “musically” about MFM’s mission #MakingMusicIsAProfession, #UnityInTheMusicCommunity and #MusicAintFree) in Central Harlem as part of the all-day event MAKE MUSIC NY 2019.
In fact, it’s not me alone performing on tenor sax but with my MFM fellow Board members, such as legendary jazz man Billy Harper (sax), Vice President and SoSaLa member David Belmont (dobro) and Roger Blanc (electric guitar). MFM member Baba Donn Eaton (the music director of the legendary LAST POETS) will join us on congas. The name of the group is THE MFM UNITY ENSEMBLE…45 minutes of jazz-blues-oriental-improvised music with a clear message!
David Shively performs concert and installation works in media ranging from traditional percussion to Hungarian cimbalom to analog electronics and feedback systems. Solo appearances at Dia:Beacon, EMPAC, Miller Theatre, Performa 09, SONiC Festival, the American Academy in Rome, Other Minds 13, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Wittner Tage für neue Kammermusik, Münchener Biennale. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he has been co-artistic director of the experimental music ensemble Either/Or since 2004, curating its programming and festivals in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. Recordings for Starkland, New World, Tzadik, Mode, Quecksilber, and other labels in addition to works for film, sound installation, and radio broadcast. www.resonantobjects.com
Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on sax and vocals will start a side project with Iran’s Kaveh Haghtalab onkamancheh. The name of the project is still t.b.a.. In fact Kaveh has been a member of SoSaLa since November 2013.And they played as a duo together for the first time at Cafe Nadery (NY), October 1, 2013. This concert was the initiator for this new project.
Their repertoire will consist of original and arranged Persian music. With their music this duo wants to reach out to Iranian or Persian-American people who were born here and don’t know much or anything about Iran. The idea is to play music which feels new and fresh and touches people’s hearts. Their intention is to play music which expresses musically “the Iran of today or tomorrow.”
About Kaveh Haghtalab
Kaveh, an Iranian kamancheh player and drummer, born in Mashhad in 1982, but grew up in Tehran. moved to New York in March 2012. He grew up in a musical family listening to his parents playing Persian classical music. His mother taught him music from the age of 9. He started to play kamancheh when he was 11. Since the age of 14 he has been performing professionally with various music ensembles at various festivals and events in Iran. He studied under Saeed Farajpoori, Ahmad Mirhashemi, and Ostad Majid Kiani. Eventually he joined the Persian classical music ensemble “Center For Preservation And Research of Iranian Music.”
Besides playing the kamancheh Kaveh also fell in love with the Western drums. Like many of the Iranian young people he loved rock music. By the age of 23 he decided to practise the Western drums. He took drum lessons and joined later several rock and jazz groups in Tehran. He holds a bachelor degree in computer engineering from the Azad University in Tehran. Since coming to New York he enrolled as a drum student at The Collective School of Music in Manhattan, New York.