Classical Persian Music: Hossein Omoumi, from Isfahan to Irvine

Event Date: 

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater

Event Price: 

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Hossein Omoumi
Hossein Omoumi. Courtesy photo.
Hossein Omoumi and his students will present a documentary film and an educational concert of Classical Persian Music on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the UCSB Department of Music, the Iranian Studies Initiative, Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp, the UCSB MultiCultural Center, and the Iranian Graduate Student Association (IGSA). 
The program will consist of two parts:
1. Screening of the documentary film, "Classical Persian Music- HOSSEIN OMOUMI- From Isfahan to Irvine."
2. Educational Concert:
  • A brief explanation of the structure of the modal systems of Radif (the traditional repertoire of classical Persian music.
  • Analysis of one of the modal systems of the vocal Radif of the great Master of classical Persian music, Mahmud Karimi.
  • Performing this system during the slide show and motion picture. Showing the relationships between the sub-systems or musical atmospheres by singing the poems with different poetic rhythms of great masters of classical Persian poetry and performing and improvising with different instruments. The audience will follow the performers by hearing the performance and watching the motion pictures. The image of the poems in Persian with the translations in English are included in the presentation.
  • Performing the same modal system analyzed in part C, based on Pish Radif (Pre-Radif) a series of eleven lessons composed and arranged by Hossein Omoumi as an introduction to classical Persian music.
About the Documentary
This documentary was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI, the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, and the Documentary Educational Resources (DER).
"You have heard it in American movies, world music festivals, celebrations of Rumi's poetry, and at universities across the country. Classical Persian music has a long history of exchange with musical traditions of the Silk Road, and today it is defining its place in the United States. Hossein Omoumi, master of the Persian reed flute called the Ney, is an epicenter of this movement. An internationally recognized musician, Omoumi has introduced innovative technology to Persian instruments with centuries of history. He is also a down-to-earth teacher, welcoming students to the labyrinth of Persian music with humor and patience. Omoumi is an endowed professor at University of California in Irvine, and he teaches students nationwide and worldwide via new technologies like Skype.
Hossein Omoumi has made it his life's mission to provide global access to classical Persian music. This documentary film will introduce the history and beauty of classical Persian music through his innovations in education and musical technology. The film engages a diverse audience, following this compelling musician while also providing insight into Persian music itself."
Script Writer & Director: Hesam Abedini
Video & Edit: Arash Rod
Sound: Armin Karbaf, Mehrnaz Mohabbati
Narrator: Arash Rod
Translator: Kaveh Basmenji
Executive Producers: Negin Almasi & Behrooz Alavi
Graphic Designer: Ebrahim Poustinchi


Hossein Omoumi