Iranian musical virtuoso Mohsen Namjoo is set to play the gorgeous Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles’ in a special concert engagement, ‘Namjoo in A Minor’. The event will take place on June 20, 2010. Namjoo will be accompanied by piano virtuoso Tara Kamangar in addition to a full backing band.
Nicknamed the “Bob Dylan of Iran” by The New York Times, though perhaps not due to the sound but the candid poetic nature of his lyrics, Mohsen is credited for single-handedly revolutionizing the Persian music scene with a daring artistic fusion that transcends national boundaries. To our ears his output is more akin to Captain Beefheart, David Byrne or the Black Heart Procession. Drawing from Iranian folk music traditions, while incorporating elements of Western rock and blues, Namjoo adds his own clever lyrical wordplay and Neo-Classical poetry verses borrowed from the works of Rumi, Hafez, or Saadi. This unconventional, sophisticated approach has won over younger generations of music listeners.
Mohsen’s contemporary and controversial work has increasingly generated interest on the international stage. On September 11th, 2009 Namjoo was the only musical performance during the Venice International Film Festival. On October 8th, 2009 Namjoo made a surprise performance at the world famous Sala Verdi of the Milan Conservatorium in Italy. In December 2009, he gave his premiere live television on the Persian News Network of Voice of America in Washington DC. His music was featured in the indie film festival documentary, ‘Sounds of Silence’, as well as the feature narrative film ‘Few Kilograms of Dates for the Funeral’.
Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com