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November 28, 2015

O lovers, O lovers, It is time of joining

ای عاشقان ای عاشقان آمد گه وصل و لقا
از آسمان آمد ندا کای ماه رویان الصلا
O lovers, O lovers, It is time of joining
Heaven proclaimed: Moon-faced ones, welcome to the ring

ای سرخوشان ای سرخوشان آمد طرب دامن کشان
بگرفته ما زنجیر او بگرفته او دامان ما
Merry hearts, merry hearts, joy has come dancing
We have seized its chain, it seized our skirts prancing

آمد شراب آتشین ای دیو غم کنجی نشین
ای جان مرگ اندیش رو ای ساقی باقی درآ
The fiery wine has come, demon sorrow sulks aside
Death-anxious soul depart, immortal Saki come to our side

ای هفت گردون مست تو ما مهره‌ای در دست تو
ای هست ما از هست تو در صد هزاران مرحبا
Seven vaults drunk in love with you, in your hand we resemble the bead
Our existence we owe to you, hurrah a thousand times, hurrah indeed

ای مطرب شیرین نفس هر لحظه می‌جنبان جرس
ای عیش زین نه بر فرس بر جان ما زن ای صبا
Sweet minstrel, ring the bell, shake every while, stir
Saddle your horse, saddle, blow on our shoulder the zephyr

ای بانگ نای خوش سمر در بانگ تو طعم شکر
آید مرا شام و سحر از بانگ تو بوی وفا
O sweet sounding reed, your notes are sweet as candy
Day and night your notes, brings the scent of fidelity

بار دگر آغاز کن آن پرده‌ها را ساز کن
بر جمله خوبان ناز کن ای آفتاب خوش لقا
Start the melody again, play the sweet notes again
O fair as refulgent sun, be coy to the lovely train

خاموش کن پرده مدر سغراق خاموشان بخور
ستار شو ستار شو خو گیر از حلم خدا
Rend not the veil, rend not, drain the silent one's bowl, be soundless
Be a veiler, be a veiler, accustom yourself to God's grace

Sonnet #34 by Rumi; the translation is by Manavaz Alexandrian

Posted by mehrdad at 11:36 AM | Music |

October 20, 2015

Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin playing J.S. Bach

Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin playing J.S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor (BWV 1017)

Posted by mehrdad at 10:27 AM | Music |

March 06, 2013

Sormeh: Elegy

Band name: Sormeh
Elegy: Arno Babadjanyan (1921-1983) in the memory of Aram Khatchaturian (melody after Sayat Nova)

Golnar Shahyar (voc) Mona Matbou Riahi (Clarinet) Jelena Popr?an (Viola, Voc, Loops)
Arrangment: Sormeh
Lyrics: Golnar Shahyar
Recording : Alireza Karimi

Posted by mehrdad at 02:59 PM | Music |

February 14, 2013

Love Song

The one who says I love you
is a mournful minstrel
who has lost his song

I wish love had the tongue to speak

There are a thousand happy larks
in your eyes
And a thousand silent canaries
in my throat

I wish love had the tongue to speak

The one who says I love you
is the sad heart of a night
who searches its moonlight

I wish love had the tongue to speak

A thousand smiling suns are
in your amble
A thousand weepy stars
in my hope

I wish love had the tongue to speak

Ahmad Shamloo

Posted by mehrdad at 02:04 PM | Music |

June 25, 2012

Dokhtar Goochani

Dokhtar Goochani by Mark?ta Irglov? & Aida Shahghasemi

Posted by mehrdad at 11:00 AM | Music |

February 16, 2012

Secret Garden

Melodica: Saman Ehteshami
Piano: Sina Saleemzadeh
Tombak: Omran Forouzesh

Posted by mehrdad at 06:01 PM | Music |

January 05, 2012

Sepideh Vahidi & Pouya Mahmoudi

یکی بود که میخوند , There was one who was singing
Sepideh Vahidi & Pouya Mahmoudi

Posted by mehrdad at 12:57 PM | Music |

November 15, 2011

Gholake Cheshat

Golake Cheshat
by Mehrdad Aref-Adib (Age 9) 1973

>> Simin Ghanem's Gholake Cheshat

تو همونی كه تو رویام تو رو من خواب می دیدم
تو چشات آسمون و آفتاب و مهتاب می دیدم
زلفاتو شب می خره تا توی اون لونه كنه
مث من صد تا دلو عاشق و دیوونه كنه

تو اونی ، همونی

از تو قلك چشات
سكه های رنگارنگ
می ریزه روی هوا
با صدای خنده هات
می شه از ستاره پر
آسمون رو سیا

تو اونی ، همونی

تو همونی ، اگه شب قصه بگی
چشم بی خوابمو پر خواب می كنی
تو همونی ، اگه با من بمونی
منو از آرزو سیراب می كنی

تو اونی ، همونی

از تو قلك چشات
سكه های رنگارنگ
می ریزه روی هوا
با صدای خنده هات
می شه از ستاره پر
آسمون رو سیا

تو اونی ، همونی

Posted by mehrdad at 09:27 PM | Music |

November 02, 2010

Love and Death in the Time of Facebook

Official Kiosk Music Video from Triple Distilled Album.
Love and Death in the Time of Facebook
Download the MP3 free from

English Translation of Lyrics with Hyperlinks:

The black list, the hit list,
the list of Google's world wide web....
I swerved through the dark corners of the filtered Net
Finally, I found you on Facebook, I ADDED you
-- and you IGNORED me.
Hundreds, hundreds of times...
I didn't falter, I didn't give up
I UPDATED my STATUS so the world would know:

You are the hunter and I am the prey!
And I'm trying to fall into your trap!
Yes, I've been all over LinkedIn, MySpace, ORKUT,
trying to fall into your trap...

I had the guys from FARS NEWS AGENCY PHOTOSHOP my PROFILE picture
and make me look cool.

I uploaded romantic pictures of the sunset from FLICKR to my
ALBUMS and CAPTIONED them with silly quotes from OSHO
-- And finally, you ACCEPTED me
I FOLLOWED you like a shadow in the COMMUNITIES.
Everything you LINKED, I LIKED,
and I SHARED too
I TAGGED your name under YouTube videos,
I through myself against doors and WALLs
Whether you think of me or not, I'll never forget you.
My eyes are peeled, searching for you.
I'll send you GIFTS, so that you'll realise
-- I'll never forget you.

That's my cue--I'm the Don Juan of the Cyber World!
I'll POKE you until you agree to log into SKYPE and CHAT with me!
Even the Cyber Army can't stop me...
Don't stress over your BLOG or your HITS on, BALATARIN or BBC.
From the cute LINKS to the political ones
-- anything goes for me.
Nothing can stop me-
not JARAS,
I care only for Romance!
I wrote it in PINGILISH on BEHNEVIS:

Oh love, oh love! Your blue face is nowhere to be seen...
Oh love, oh love! Maybe they've HACKED you...
Your beloved face is nowhere to be found!

I adore your every PIXEL!
Don't you CLICK me away!

Posted by mehrdad at 01:49 PM | Music |

August 08, 2009

Abbey Road 40 years on


My Iranian version of Abbey Road by The Beatles: Haj Ebrahim Road (Ebi Road) in Tehran.

On the 8 August 1969 -exactly 40 years ago- one of the most imitated album covers was shot in Abbey Road by the Fab Four.

Abbey Road Webcam - You could try to catch people imitating the Fab Four pose!

Posted by mehrdad at 11:34 PM | Journal 2009 | Music |

February 21, 2008

August 02, 2007

Cosmic Tombak


A tombak (also known as tonbak, donbak, dombak and zarb) is a goblet drum from Iran. It is considered the principal percussion instrument of Persian music. A tombak player holds the drum diagonally across his lap with the wider section usually over his right side and plays it with the fingers and the palm of the hands.

>> View larger image

Posted by mehrdad at 01:41 PM | Look-alikes | Music |

July 30, 2007

Moon look-alike


A daf is a large-sized frame drum used to accompany both popular and classical music in Iran, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey (where it is called tef), Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and India (where it is known as the Dafli).

>> View larger image

Posted by mehrdad at 10:12 PM | Look-alikes | Music |

June 08, 2006


Abjeez is Iran's answer to BeeGees!
Abjeez is persian slang for sisters and that?s just what they are - Safoura and Melody Safavi. Backed by a group of musicians, the two sisters present their own brand of Persian pop.

>> Watch their new music video here
>> Listen to their sample music here

Posted by mehrdad at 11:46 AM | Music |

May 14, 2006

Jazz Cafe


Jazz Cafe - inside and outside - on Saturday 13 May 2006.

>> View more photos here

Posted by mehrdad at 10:58 PM | Look-alikes | Music | Photography |

August 03, 2005

Alternative Music

Based in Canada, Babak and his friends have started a music production company to produce Iranian Alternative Music.

>> Kiosk and their debut album "adameh mamooli" (Ordinary Man).

Posted by mehrdad at 05:30 PM | Music |

June 05, 2005

Mercan Dede


Last night I went to the gig by the Turkish DJ Mercan Dede. His music is a great fusion of rhythmic Middle Eastern grooves played by Clarinet, Qan?n, Drums and Ney. It all held together by Mercan on deck and helped by the entrancing sight of a whirling dervish. Great Stuff!
You can download and listen to his music here.

Posted by mehrdad at 02:41 PM | Music |

February 19, 2004

Music e-zine

Play Music Magazine gives a whole new meaning to e-zine. The site is technically great.

Posted by mehrdad at 10:58 PM | Music |

December 10, 2003

70's pop

F?r mer kultur (for more Culure), don?t miss this page!

Posted by mehrdad at 12:14 AM | Music |

October 28, 2003


Vigen, Iranian pop singer, has died in the U.S. at the age of 74. He was known in Iran as the "Sultan of Jazz"!

real_logo.jpg Jaaye to Khaali and Nasim are two of his songs from 60's.
Click here for more streaming audios

Posted by mehrdad at 10:20 PM | Music |

July 14, 2003

Ebi Road


Haj Ebrahim Road in Tehran.
(After Abbey Road by The Beatles.)

Posted by mehrdad at 06:32 PM | Music |

May 29, 2003



Today I came across the Haale's web site. She is a Bronx-born Iranian singer/songwriter who alternates between strumming her setar and plucking her guitar, singing both in Persian and English. You can listen to some of her music here.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:05 PM | Music |

May 15, 2003

Nora Jones

Did you know that Nora Jones's father is Ravi Shankar?

real_logo.jpgDAY IS DONE featuring NORAH JONES.
Click here for more streaming audios

Posted by mehrdad at 04:13 PM | Music |