THE LIAN ENSEMBLE

 

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"The Lian Ensemble's concert was an exhilarating highlight of the triannual World Festival of Sacred Music"

Laurel Fishman, GRAMMY.com

"combining intricate musical structure with an evocative blend of traditional and original compositions"

Laurel Fishman, GRAMMY.com

"Painstakingly structured compositions with pounding rhythms"

Los Angeles Times



"The Lian Ensemble features the best Iranian musicians in the West"
GAVRIEL FISKE, The Jerusalem Post


"The Lian Ensemble is absolutely soulful"
Jim Brenholts, author of "Tracks Across the Universe"


"The Lian Ensemble... World Class Persian Musicians"
New sound  Music


"Gifted World Music Group"
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times


"BEST WORLD MUSIC/ RECOMBINANT ARTIST"
LAWMA 2004 & 2005, By John Payne LA WEEKLY

Based in Los Angeles, The Lian Ensemble is a group of virtuoso performers and composers. Their powerful compositions fuse the Mystical Persian musical heritage with the contemporary sensibilities of Contemporary Jazz. Combining a unique musical vision with dauntless dedication to experimentation, they create a synthesis of mystical world music composed of traditional and folk melodies and instruments. Their "Brilliance " has been praised by John Schneider of KPFK radio. The Lian is comprised of world-renowned musicians whose diverse and uniquely versatile musical styles lend to this rare blend of Mystical world music. Lian's music flows effortlessly between a diverse range of styles and traditions, while fearlessly forging a path and sound that is all their own. Los Angeles Times writes, "The Lian Ensemble's music-original compositions written and improvised in class on its own terms". After much collaboration, the musicians have acquired the requisite knowledge of Persian music, and each adds their own distinctive rhythmic sounds to compositions, creating an exciting mix of melodies that go beyond the stylistic boundaries. In performance, Lian's ever evolving repertoire of creative original music is expanded, rearranged, and examined with exploratory eyes at each and every concert. Los Angeles Times (Don Heckman) writes," Lian ensemble is a gifted group with completive compositions and virtuosic performances".


 

 

 

Lian Artists

Vocalist

Pirayeh Pourafar
Composer, Tar, Setar, Tar Bass, Robab,

Houman Pourmehdi
Percussionist, Composer, Tonbak, Daf, Ney, Tas, Zarb-E-Zoorkhooneh,
Dayereh, Kurekeh

Ali Nourbakhsh

Daf, Dayereh

Arash Fayyazi

Barbat

 

Guest Performers

Khosro Ansari

Vocalist

Sima Bina

Vocalist

Mani Bolouri

Kamancheh, Gheychak, Composer

Bahram Bajelan

Vocalist

Master John Bergamo
Percussionist

Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri

Tabla

Pedro Eustache
Flute

David Feldthouse (Sulyman)
Flamenco Guitar, Flamenco Vocalist, Composer, Tupan,
Turkish Saz, Oud (Barbat)

Master Djivan Gasparyan

Duduk

Brahim Fribgane

Oud,Composer

Andrew Grueschow
Percussionist

Randy Gloss
Percussionist, Composer Frame drum, Daf, Dayereh

David Johnson
Composer, Marimba, Percussionist

Abbos Kosimov

Doyra

Lisa Lynne Franco
Harp

Ivan Johnson
Bass

Paul Z. Livingstone
Sitar

Siamak Shajarian
Vocalist

Ziya Tabassian
Percussionist
, Tonbak

Miroslav Tadic
Guitar

Master Rajeev Taranath
Sarod

Austin Wrinkle
Percussionist

Solaman Vasaghi

Vocalist,Composer

 

 

 

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