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Eishan Ensemble – Project Masnavi

Sat 19 Feb

A rich musical fusion.

Project Masnavi is the ARIA Nominated third album from acclaimed Persian-jazz group, Eishan Ensemble 

Inspired by the lyrical poetry of Rumi’s epic masterpiece, Masnavi – one of the most precious books in Persian literature, the album weaves beautiful imagery and stories reflective on Rumi’s work into layered soundscapes and sophisticated compositions. A rich musical fusion blending Persian Classical with Western Jazz and improvisation, the album showcases the increasingly ambitious compositions of bandleader, composer and tar player, Iranian-born Hamed Sadeghi, alongside saxophonist Michael Avgenicos, bassist Maximillian Alduca, accordion player Marcello Maio and drummer Alex Inman-Hislop.  

 Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian tar virtuoso, Hamed Sadeghi, the Eishan Ensemble draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both East and West. Eishan’s repertoire consists predominantly of Sadeghi’s original compositions with diverse improvisation.  

Reviews

  • ...casts a spell all its own...astonishing power and convulsive impact. - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Eishan Ensemble is a rare attempt in fusing contemporary Persian classical music with modern jazz...a flawless combination, as evidenced by the fine compositions. - Songlines, UK

Musicians

Tar Hamed Sadeghi
Saxophone Micheal Avgenicos
Double Bass Max Alduca
Accordion Marcello Maio
Drums Alex Hislop

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