Category Archives: The Activist

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.

 

Interview and music in “Djungelfieber (Jungle Fever),” aired by RADIOFUNK EUROPA, January 13, 2015

Sohrab @ RBB, Berlin (FUNKHAUS EUROPA)Sohrab was invited to Johannes Theurer’s radio show “Djungelfieber (Jungle Fever),” which was aired by  RADIOFUNK EUROPA, January 13, 2015 from 0:00am to 1:00am.

Here is the link to the show: http://www.funkhauseuropa.de/sendungen/dschungelfieber/dschungelfieber136.html, and the link to the audio file: http://www.wdr.de/wdrlive/media/mp3/funkhaus-europa_dschungelfieber.m3u

Johannes played 3 tracks from the CD “Nu World Trash” (“KHORASAN,” “EVERYDAY BLUES” and “WELCOME NEW IRAN.” And the protest song “Enough Is Enough.” The interview was about Sohrab’s life,  CD and music activism. At the end of the interview Sohrab played a one minute tenor sax solo (watch short video below).

Show play list: http://www.funkhauseuropa.de/playlist/dschungelfieberplaylist100.html

SoSaLa – “Enough is Enough” (protest song) Video Shoot

EIE NY logo designed by YasiDate: Friday, December 26th, 2014
Time: 1pm-6pm
Location: Club Nublu (62 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009)
Purpose: inviting 10 to 15 extras (male and female) to participate for free (please email me your attendance to sohrab.saadat@gmail.com)

This will be the main shots for the video.

I would like everyone to be there by 12:45pm so we can meet and discuss and shoot outdoor scene before club opens at 2pm.

Although extras will not be needed for every scene, extras will be needed present during the full duration of the shoot, unless otherwise instructed

we will only need about 10-15 extras, but more are welcome.

extras will be separated into two groups: Indoor club crowd and Outdoor protest crowd.

Sohrab is a Jazz artist, and Nublu is a Jazz club/lounge, I would like if the extras dressed the part of Jazz fans..

Males: Button down shirts, slacks if possible if not jeans are welcome, HATS!! Fedoras or Kangols if you got them.. Bring them.. bring extra for others if possible

Females: this is the time to show off those fancy dresses if possible.. anything shiny welcome, if not Jeans with a nice blouse, silk like scarves and tops welcome.. Again Hats (not baseball caps) are a plus ++++

12:45 – 1:00pm: Meet and Greet video discussion

1:00pm – 2:00pm shoot outdoor protest scene

A shots:

close up shots of extras protesting holding signs

close up shots of signs

extras chanting enough is enough, social justice, etc.

B shots:

sohrab walking through protesters

Sohrab walking up stairs in club

protestors marching up stairs towards club

2:00pm – 2:30pm – Equipment setup (lights, cameras)

2:30 pm – 6pm – Indoor club shoot

A shots

wide angle center of band playing (tripod)

Low angle side of Band (tripod)

side angle mid (tripod)

closeups still shots of individual members (tripods)

hand held motion shots of band members (1 regular, 1 Fisheye)

close up shot of Sohrab repeating words into microphone

closeup hand held motion of instruments

closeup shots of crowd sitting down enjoying music (bottle props) (tripod)

closeup shots of club owner smoking cigar and counting money laughing

B shots

shot of crowd getting up walking towards stage

shot of crowd near stage chanting pumping fists

shot of owner getting mad pointing to get out of club

shot of crowd turning heads slowly around looking at club owner (owner pov)

shot of crowd closing in on owner (pov)

side wide angle mid of owner backing away

side low angle of owner backing away

owner tripping backwards crawling away

pov owner of crowd closing in hands reaching

side shot of crowd closing in hands reaching

club owner engulfed, money being ripped from him and thrown in air (prop money)

C shots

protestors rushing in

club owner thrown out

close ups of bar, money, cigar