The Museum of Islamic Art of the National Museums in Berlin is organising a four-part concert series by the Iranian musician, composer and tar-meiste Elshan Ghasimi from 10 November to 1 December 2022. Ghasimi will premiere her new interpretation of the Radīf at three performances in the Bode Museum and one concert in the Museum of Musical Instruments. Ghasimi is thus the first woman to dedicate herself to the renewal of this centuries-old tradition that dates back to the time of the Achaemenid Great Kings.
The Radīf is a system of classical Persian art music that is at least 1,400 years old. As a melodic repertoire, it is divided into a total of twelve modules and melodic units – the so-called dastgahs and gushehs. Since 2009, the Radīf has been a UNESCO “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
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