"Reza Vali creates music that appeals to the entire world."
MATTHEW CMIEL & AFTER EVERYTHING INVITE YOU
TO NEW MUSIC FOR FEBRUARY
Folk Songs (Set No. 15)
Leave all conception of belly dancing and new-age syncretism at the door...
–Phillip George, 20th Century Music
Folk Songs (Set No. 15) was commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Players and premiered in Seattle on May 23, 1999. This is the fifteenth set of an ongoing cycle of Persian folk songs which Reza Vali has been writing since 1978. The piece consists of seven movements each composed in the style of a folk song (imaginary folk song). The thematic and motivic material of all movements are inter-related. They reappear in the last movement which acts as the summary of the entire composition.
Born in Ghazvin, Iran, in 1952, Reza Vali began his music studies at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran. In 1972 he went to Austria and studied music education and composition at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After graduating from the Academy of Music, he moved to the United States and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Ph.D. in music theory and composition in 1985. Mr. Vali has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988
The extended flute technique of simultaneous playing and singing (humming) is employed in the flute part of the first movement of Folk Songs (Set No. 15). Simultaneous playing and singing brings out the overtones of the flute and alters the timbre of the instrument. This technique is used to imitate the sound of the Persian vertical flute, the Ney.
"Had Bela Bartók gathered folk material from Persia, his string quartets might have turned out something like Reza Vali's Folk Songs..."
–Karl Stark, The Syracuse Herald American
AFTER EVERYTHING PRESENTS
S T R O N G H O L D A SELECTION OF WORKS BY
ANTON BRUCKNER Mass no 2 in E Minor, Kyrie
ANGELICA NEGRON Dust
PREBEN ANTONSEN Voices from the Nettle-Path
REZA VALI Folk Songs from Set 15
JULIA WOLFE Stronghold
8pm Saturday, February 24, 2018 U N I T Y C H U R C H O F S A N F R A N C I S C O