Nawruz from Deltangi-hā (2012)
Performed by Delphi Trio
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall
May 6, 2013
Deltangi-ha is a collection of my memories from my homeland, Iran, where I have spent most of my life. Tehran, the capital, where the essence of my Persian identity has formed, is the city of light, warmth and spirit and has always had a special place in my heart. The first section "Tehran; first encounter" looks at Tehran, as I imagined, from the top of a hill or a mountain and sees the capital as a polluted, chaotic but deeply epic and cultural landscape. Second movement portrays my childhood during the infamous 1980's U.S.-sponsered Iran-Iraq war in which hundred of thousands Iranian and Iraqi lives were lost... The third movement simply talks about my first love under the snow in Tehran which I never found the courage to express to my loved one. The fourth movement is a rendition of a well-known theme that is used at the moment of countdown for every Persian new year I have been present for in Iran... the theme perfectly reminds every Iranian of the happiest moment of the year. The last movement is for those who are gone and it simply portrays my memories of them flying over the oceans trying to reach me.
VOA Persian's Shabahang explores the idea behind Deltangi-ha (2012) ( in Farsi)