A number of Iranian musicians along with violinists, cellists and other string instrumentalists from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will join together to perform the concert.
Selections to be performed include Iranian tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh's "Osyan" ("Revolt", 1983) "Torkaman" ("Turkmen", 1986), and "Neynava" (1995) and Mohammad Reza Darvishi's "Kalidar" from their repertoire, MNA reported.
In a press conference held here on Saturday at the venue of the Iranian Artists Forum, Darvishi elaborated on the details of the program and said, "Forty violinists, cellists, bassists, other string instrumentalists and two percussionists will perform the piece 'Kalidar' under the direction of conductor Vladimir Sirenko from the Ukraine."
"Kalidar" is the latest work of Darvishi and the composition was based on a novel of the same name authored by Iranian novelist Mahmud Dowlatabadi.
Darvishi later talked about his cooperation with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and said, "There are several good orchestras in Kiev of which the National Symphony Orchestra is the best and all are always busy with performances.
"Strictly speaking, there isn't a real symphony orchestra in Iran and only with difficulty can one find 40 violin-family string instrumentalists with a good conductor. In addition, there is the problem of finding a good studio where music can be recorded professionally. Hence, the cooperation with the Ukraine as we don't want to ruin a good composition with a bad performance," he explained.
Alizadeh was the next to speak and said, "On one hand, an orchestra is selected so that the piece of music will be performed well. On the other hand, collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine should be regarded as an instance of bilateral cultural cooperation rather than a negative implication."
He further added, "Working with a foreign group is not an easy task for our native musicians, since we have to convey the feelings in our compositions to foreign musicians and conductors. But on the whole, these kinds of joint performances are considered to be good experiences."
Afterwards, he explained about his compositions to be performed at the concert, adding, "Torkaman" had originally been written for setar, but with the help of Hushyar Khayyam I arranged it for violin-family string instruments and setar in an orchestral setting."
He later talked about the reason he is not attending the Fajr music festival and said, "Music is our cultural heritage and we can not limit it to a two-week long festival upon which we spend all our budget. We need to have music throughout the year. The Fajr music festival does not really focus on music and is not considered an important event. Unfortunately, it is a political event and as long as this attitude doesn't change, it will not make any progress."
Alizadeh also talked about his musical compositions for films and said, "Filmmaking happens throughout the year and the Fajr film festival is only a place where films get a chance to compete.
"Films have always been in a better position as compared to music, and as a result, film music has experienced greater development, so it was a good opportunity to work in Iran's cinema and to get to know the artists in this field.
"Additionally, I have always liked the atmosphere back stage of films which is charged with amicable feelings and empathy and this energizes a musician."