Kurdish singer Miço Kendeş imagined a conversation between several great Sufi poets from different periods and regions, each expressing himself in his own language: Kurds Melayê Cizîrî (1570-1640) and Feqiyê Teyran (1590-1660); Persians Araghi (1211-1289) and Mawlana Jalâl ad Dîn Rûmî (1207-1273); and Arabs Rabia Al-Adawiyya (717-801) and Ibn Al-Farid (1181-1235). Accompanied by sacred dance, the art of classical oriental song breathes new life into their poetry.

In collaboration with Iranian singer Sara Hamidi, oud-player Pejman Tadayon, choregrapher Rana Gorgani and tombak-player Darius Soltani, Miço Kendeş presents a touching, original musical project marrying tradition and modernity.

saraSARA HAMIDI

Born in Ispahan in Iran in 1987, Sara Hamidi spent six years studying classical Iranian music (Radif) with Maedeh Tabatabaei, a pupil of a great master of contemporary Iranian song, M. R. Shajarian. She was noticed for her enormous talent and the timbre of her voice and rapidly became a member of several music ensembles, including the Ispahan Choir. Given the political and religious circumstances forbidding women to work as soloists, Sara Hamidi was only permitted to sing as part of a choir or a duo. She then moved to Paris. Besides her work with Iranian music, she also takes tuition at Nanterre Music School in western classical singing and opera.

ranaRANA GORGANI

A French artist of Iranian origin, Rana Gorgani has made Persian dance her speciality. She also studied Sufi music in Iran. Since 2008, she has created and performed choreographies combining authenticity and creativity, built primarily around Sufi dance – the dance of the “whirling dervishes”. Also a qualified anthropologist, she seeks the essence of Sufi spirituality through dance. Her performances are infused

with Persian mystic poetry, to which she lends her own personal and contemporary colour.

pejmanPEJMAN TADAYON

Born in Esfahan in Iran in 1977, Pejman Tadayon is a musician, composer and painter. He began studying ancient Persian music (Radif) and traditional instruments such as the oriental lute (oud), the setar and the târ, at a very early age, under master musicians Kamran Keyvan, Mohammed Reza Lotfi and Behrooz Hemmati. After a long series of concerts in Iran, he moved first of all to Florence, where he studied musical composition at Fiesole School of Music and painting at the Academy of Art. In 2005, he moved to Rome, where he works with the traditional Persian music group, Sarawan – Drums of Iran.

dariusDARIUS SOLTANI

Born into a family of musicians, Darius Soltani learned to play the tombak at a very young age under a number of teachers including, notably, Bijan Chemirani. He also plays the daf. Darius lives in Avignon.