Liaison Ensemble performs alongside renowned Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat in a program of pieces by masters of Spanish and Mexican Baroque and traditional Persian folk songs. Ms. Vahdat will perform songs from her new a cappella album The Sun Also Rises. Through this partnership, Liaison and Ms. Vahdat explore historic ties between the modal concepts of Persian folk music and Spanish music.
The program includes pieces by José Marin, Juan Hidalgo, Rafael Antonio Castellanos, and a Kurdish folk song newly arranged for Liaison and Mahsa Vahdat by Iranian composer Atabak Elyasi.
Liaison Ensemble is a dynamic and vibrant early-music ensemble based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2011, Liaison has been described as having “a welcome naturalness and freshness that [makes] the audience want to hear more.” In addition to playing in concert halls, Liaison's mission is to bring period instruments and historically-informed music to a wider range of audiences in non-traditional venues while maintaining the highest musical standards.
Liaison Ensembles’s group name was inspired by the members’ pursuit of a collaborative, cooperative approach to ensemble music-making, exploring the musical relationship across centuries and genres, as well the importance of the relationship between performer and audience. The members of Liaison are all active in the early-music community as soloists, orchestral musicians, and educators.
Born in Tehran in 1973, Mahsa Vahdat began learning music from an early age. She took piano lessons and received Persian singing instructions from various musicians in Iran. she also plays the Persian string instrument setar. She entered the University of Arts in Tehran in 1993 and graduated with a B.A. in Music.
Since 1995 Mahsa has performed as an independent artist in concerts and festivals in Asia, Europe, the US, and Africa together with musicians from Iran, Europe and America. She has also appeared on stage as a solo singer or with her sister Marjan Vahdat.
Following her participation in Lullabies from the Axis of Evil (2004), Mahsa started a long lasting collaboration with the Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV), which led to a world wide release of a series of records.
Since 2007 Mahsa is one of the ambassadors of Freemuse Organization, an independent international organization that advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. In 2010, she was granted the Freemuse Award.
She gives singing lessons in her home city of Tehran and offers music workshops in many parts of the world.
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$15-35 Sliding Scale
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **