I’ve been so busy with my work as the president for Musicians For Musicians, Inc (MFM). Of course, I’m still a 24/7 professional musician. Practicing, composing and jamming in my spare time.
Here’s a short video of mine which I shot with my iPhone last week at my spot @ the Riverside Park (NY) late at night..
As you know I can’t and don’t want to separate my music from socio-political activities. I love my job…my work…my profession which I want to share with my peers.
I strongly believe that we musicians must organize! In a modern way.
MFM started two weeks ago a hashtag campaign (#MakingMusicIsAProfession) to make musicians and the public aware that we musicians work like any other professionals and need to get compensated for our “work.” (More about MFM and her mission, please check the MFM website.)
Please participate in this campaign. If you believe in MFM already, please get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or the platform of your choice and snap a photo of yourself displaying our mission: #MakingMusicIsAProfession. Be proud and say it loud!
I’m going to remake this website very soon. I started to book SoSaLa for 2017, such as house concerts, festivals and maybe one NY show in spring.
Yesterday I became a member of the on-line booking portal GigSalad. Maybe I can get some gigs through them.
Sohrab and Dr. Cornel West backstage @ the Apollo Theater in Harlem, May 21, 2016. Yessss…He met this gentleman backstage (he had a performance with MFM endorser and supporter Arturo O’Farrill‘s Afro Latin Orchestra). He gave me the time to introduce myself and him to the MFM movement. With all the many people around us he was focused, listened carefully and showed a lot of interest and respect to what I was saying. He gave me his tel number and asked me to call him and tell him more about MFM and myself. He liked #MakingMusisIsAProfession. and considers to advocate it. He’s also fine that I used a YouTube video clip of his in SoSaLa’s video ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, which isn’t published yet. Thanks Arturo who made this special encounter with Dr. Cornel West possible! Cool music brings cool people together. Right?
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2015
(Door open @ 7:00 pm.) Line up/show times: SoSaLa from 8pm – 8:45pm and Kamran Hooshmand from 9pm – 9:45pm Venue: CA Music Room (218 E. 25th Street, NY, NY 10010, Tel#: 212-686-4220or 845-758-5919) Ticket price: $20 (including wine & snacks)
PLease call 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919 for advanced reservations as space is limited.
* About the artists
– SoSaLa. For this event Sohrab invited his colleagues Baba Donn Eaton (LAST POETS) on percussion, harmonica and vocals and Kaveh Haghtalab on kamancheh. SoSaLa is opening up for Kamran Hooshmand.
– Kamran Hooshmand (https://www.facebook.com/kamranhooshmandmusic) is an Iranian-American musician, ethnomusicologist and scholar residing in Austin, Texas. He performs regularly with his bands the 1001 Nights Orchestra and Ojalá as well as frequently featured in Texas Early Music Projects’ concerts of Medieval, Sephardic and Renaissance music. His self-produced CDs have been on the top-10 lists of the Austin Chronicle. He has contributed to award-winning film and tv soundtracks from scoring silent films to IMAX and PBS documentaries. His most recent collaboration on the oud and santur is on the 2015 Grammy-nominated album Nocturne Diariesby American roots singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson.
In this concert, unlike big ensemble productions that he is normally associated with, Kamran will perform a mix of Middle Eastern/Balkan traditional & early music pieces and original contemporary Persian songs based on the poetry of some of Iran’s prominent poets on the barbat (Persian oud) and the guitar in an intimate, acoustic setting.
Kamran will be joined by master oboe player Jeff Kahan, the wonderful Mizrahi chanteuse Galeet Dardashti and the percussionist extraordinaire and frame drum specialist Alby Roblejo.