I had the privilege of visiting Iran in 1978, five months before the Shah fell. Because of the fraught times there was a nighttime curfew. The exception was intercity buses and as a result I hardly slept in a bed in Iran. A further consequence was that I could not go out in the evening to see an Iranian concert, although during the day I was enchanted by the exotic mosques and ruins that I saw as well as mixing with the delightful Iranian people.
In a way this concert was a type of catch up. ‘Afternoon Tea at 6’ is I believe a time when food and families get together and drink a cup of Iranian black tea. In order to get into the mood the Eisthan Ensemble, together with guest vocalist Sonya Holowell, gathered before every rehearsal and drank a cup of the strong Persian tea.
What made this an even more intriguing concert was the fact that traditional Persian classical music would be blended with western jazz. The Ensemble’s leader and composer Hamed Sadeghi stated that he tried to narrate the musical pieces with different textures. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL : AFTERNOON TEA AT SIX @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE