Jameh Daran

    Live Music
    Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:00 PM


    The literal meaning Jameh Daran is the people who slit and tear their dresses in an emotional condition caused by deep meditation and spiritual love. Jameh Daran is an amateur traditional Iranian music band composed of family members Siavash Haghtalab, Mahnaz Kalani, Mansour Haghtalab and  Kaveh Haghtalab who will be performing traditional Iranian Music composed of several pieces. The musicians will start with a part called Chahar Mezrab which is a fast short rhythmic piece. Then based on the mode, they will go through several Goushehs, sometimes with singing and sometimes instrumental as well as other rhythmic pieces. Towards the end of the set they will perform another rhythmic piece called Zarbi which has a slower rhythm and is usually longer than Chahar Mezrab. During this performance, musicians will go through several modes; each mode has its own characteristics and atmosphere, like a journey through the Silk Road.

    Traditional Iranian Music is the indigenous music of Iran. This music has an old and ancient heritage which has been orally handed down from generation to generation. This style of music is spiritual in its nature, however, deviated versions of this style of music are also played just for entertainment.

    Like Poems of Rumi, Saadi and Hafez, Iranian music is simple and complex at the same time, therefore any listener who is interested in this art form can enjoy and relate to the melodies.

    The music in Iran was often used as a means for prayer and meditation in Sufism. Traditional Iranian music has a lot in common with music in Himalayan Asia especially in India. Both Indian and Iranian music are composed of different modes which are played in certain times of the day or during certain ceremonies based on the mood of the player and atmosphere.  This music is based on improvisation, in which the musician plays music parts based on the current atmosphere and mood.

    The first concept to understand is the construction of the music in each performance and the concept of Gousheh. Each mode is known as Dastgah or Avaz with distinct musical intervals consisting of smaller segments called the Gousheh. Each Gousheh or melodic unit is characterized by a particular organization of thought, formal beauty and distinct structure. Some of the Goushehs contain both an introduction known as Daramad and an ascending conclusion piece known as Foroud although some might have only one or none of these parts. Goushehs are very distinct in their nature and inner sense.