April 25, 2019
Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, led a discussion/workshop on the history, context, and purpose of Iranian classical music.
Parissa is known for her extraordinary vocal ability and style. She is the most prominent and influential Iranian female classical singer of the past fifty years. Parissa studied the repertoire of radif and old tasnifs with Mahmoud Karimi and Abdollah Davami, two of the most celebrated masters of Persian vocal music. She worked for Iran’s National Radio and Television Broadcasting and the Ministry of Culture for several years. After the 1979 revolution, she was no longer allowed to perform in public in Iran. Over the past 40 years, her international profile has expanded with performances at festivals and concerts around the world, as well as teaching in academic institutions.
Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts.
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