The Book of Kings (2021) Trailer
The Book of Kings (2021) Based on the 10th century epic poem by: Ferdowsi Narrated by: Mojdeh Shamsaie Performers: The Living Earth Show Music: Sahba Aminikia Video and Visuals: Kevork Mourad "The Book of Kings" is a multimedia story-telling experience, based on three tales from The Book of Kings, the 10th-century Persian epic poetry by the Persian poet, Ferdowsi. The original book is the longes piece of poetry ever written consisting of 50,000 prose and it exists in every Iranian household. The original text was commissioned by a Persian king, Mahmud of Ghazni, and it portrays a mix of mythology, politics, and history interwoven with drama and poetry that applies all generations of humanity. The 50-minute production of The Book of Kings production is commissioned by SF-based duo The Living Earth Show and is made possible by a grant from SF Arts Commission. The production is a combination of music and visual arts created for the piece by Syrian-American artist, Kevork Mourad and dramatic poetry reading by prominent Iranian actress, Mojdeh Shamsaei in Persian language. The production consists of 5 pieces, two of which are instrumental, and the other three tell the stories of three heroes and villains from the original text. The production explores the roots of power and its corrupting effect on the human soul. Each story and every piece draws elements from the classical and traditional art and rituals from Iran. However, in several layers, every story explores contemporary politics, war, and social justice through various symbolism and storytelling techniques. The production can be presented both in a digital and live format.
Taro Pood (Warp & Weft) (2014) - Kronos Quartet - Sahba Aminikia
Taro Pood (Warp & Weft) (2014) Performance from the premiere of the piece by Kronos Quartet at Switchboard Festival 2014, Brava Theatre, San Francisco, CA Visuals by: Vafa Khatami Commissioned by: Nasrin Marzban and Iranian Cultural Community of Ann Arbor
AMINIKIA String Quartet No. 2, One Day; Tehran (2009) - "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band
Performed on Oct. 28, 2019, in John Philip Sousa Band Hall in Washington, D.C., as part of the Marine Band's Fall Chamber Music Series. GySgt Sheng-Tsung Wang and SSgt Foster Wang, violin SSgt Sarah Hart, viola SSgt Caroline Bean Stute, cello Concert program and notes: https://www.marineband.marines.mil/Portals/175/Docs/Programs/181028.pdf?ver=2018-10-09-110740-940