Moroccan Court Music Series: Iraj Anvar, Afshin Goodarzi, Katayoun Kamyab, and Ralph Martin

Moroccan Court Music Series performers

Iraj Anvar will present his naqqali of the story of Sohrab and Rostam in the Patti Cadby Birch Court. Anvar will be accompanied by musicians Afshin Goodarzi and Katayoun Kamyab, and Ralph Martin, who will add synopses of the story in English translation. 

Naqqali is a traditional form of popular storytelling in Iran, one which is increasingly rare in this age of media culture. Usually based on stories from the Shahnama, naqqali are performed in qahva khana (tea houses) throughout the country by a naqqal (an itinerant storyteller). Anvar's recitation interweaves prose and verse, with verse elements rhetorically accentuated for dramatic impact. The narrative may also be punctuated with gestures and percussive effects.

Made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and The Persepolis Foundation.

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Above: Iraj Anvar. Photo by Tooraj Pourmand

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