THE MEHR ENSEMBLE WITH TOOFAN TOGHYANI, TINA ARBATAN, SAMIRA KARIMI, MEHDI MIRZAEI, JOEL CERDOR, SEPEHR TOGHYANI, POOYA MEHMANPAZIR (LEFT TO RIGHT) – TAASA Review March 2012
After listening to much Persian music, I went to a concert in July 2011 in Melbourne performed by the Mehr Ensemble, the only Persian music performance group based in Australia.
As is the custom, they were seated with their instruments on finely decorated Persian rugs and cushions.
The Mehr Ensemble was formed in Tehran, Iran, in 1999 and is now based in Melbourne after the group’s leader, Pooya Mehmanpazir, migrated to Australia in 2006. The first hour of the concert was devoted to the poetry of Rumi, the great Persian mystic poet...