Diaspora Arts Connection is proud to present Iranian composer, conductor, and pianist Maziar Atrian, and soprano singer Monika Meelani live in San Jose on June 21, 2015. Join us for the world premier performance of this dynamic duo. Step into a journey of exquisite music, ranging from classical western pieces to Iranian folk music and Maziar Atrian's compositions based on contemporary Persian poetry by Ahmad Shamlu, among others.
Sunday, June 21, 2015, 7:00 p.m.; The Trianon Theater, 72 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112.
Tickets: $25 Students (online only, must present ID at door); $35 General-Advance; $45 Door; Ticket link: http://maziaratrianmonikameelanilive.bpt.me/
About the artists:
Maziar Atrian was born in Shiraz-Iran. His acquaintance with music began with learning piano at the age of twelve. Two years later, when he was only fourteen, he performed his first public piano recital in "Shiraz University Cultural and Recreational Center". He was selected as the pianist in the "Fars Cultural Organization" youth band that year.
After high school, he studied Solfege and Music Dictation, Harmony, History of Music, and Musical Forms under the supervision of several Masters of music in Tehran, and also started playing saxophone as his secondary musical instrument.
He founded "Parsian Choral Band" in cooperation with a number of youth singers of Shiraz in 1999. "Parsian Choral Band" has been a well-known musical group of Iran with several successful performances under the conduction of Maziar Atrian, and it achieved the second place of choral section of "Fajr Music Festival" in 2008.
Maziar Atrian has been instructing music since 1998, and many of his students are now playing in various Iran orchestras or have gone on to music in different parts of the world. Most of the musical pieces written by Maziar Atrian are composed in the field of vocal music.
In 2014, he moved to the United States and settled in Northern California, where he spends most of his time teaching Piano, Solfege and the Theory of Music to his students.
Monika was born in Tehran. She began her musical training under Sohrab Roshan in 1990. She trained for classical vocals (Opera) under Ms. Aria Zand starting in 1993.
Also in 1993, she joined Iran's Baha'i National Choir, led by Shamim Sa'adat. In 1995, she began collaboration with the Vahdat Hall Choir, directed by Kambiz Ariaee Nejad and at the same time she joined Iran’s state television to perform vocals in production of film scores.
Monika Meelani collaborated with several musicians in the annual musical productions at the German and Austrian Embassies in Tehran. In 2000, she left Iran and came to the United States to continue her singing career. She married Afshin Meelani in 2001. He is very supportive of her music career and encouraged her to become a successful opera singer. Since 2004, she has been a member of Saba Choir led by Hooman Fanaian.
She has collaborated with Maziar Atrian since 2014.