Category Archives: Iran: music, culture, social issues

Surviving Members of Yellow Dogs and Free Keys Release Statement About Murder-Suicide in Pitchfork

Photo by Danny Krug

Photo by Danny Krug

Surviving members of Brooklyn bands Yellow Dogs and Free Keys have released an official statement about Sunday night’s brutal murder-suicide in East Williamsburg.

The following statement was written by Yellow Dogs’ Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirzeai, with help from band manager Ali Salehezadeh, Pooya Hosseini of Free Keys, and street artists Icy and Sot.

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Tehran-Brooklyn’s The Yellow Dogs are dead!!!

The Yellow Dogs , an Iranian alternative rock band, isn’t around us any more. Two members were killed this morning. Apparently by another Iranian musician. (Detailed story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/nyregion/4-dead-in-brooklyn-murder-suicide-police-say.html.) It’s a shame to see young Iranian musicians in NY to kill each other – for a stupid reason. They say it was about money?!
For DooBeeDoo it’s a big loss because theses young musicians played kind of music which could have been the voice of young Iranians who want “to rock” in order to make some changes in their lives in Iran. My condolences……………….…….

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Asia Society Symposium: The Shiraz Arts Festival (Iran) – A Global Vision Revisited

Date: Saturday, October  5, 2013
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, New York)
Ticket: $25
Genre: symposium

From 1967 to 1977, the Shiraz Arts Festival in Iran was an important international festival, hosting a dizzying array of artists, from the avant-garde to the traditional. The eclectic mix included Western artists from theater including Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, and Robert Wilson; music including John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis, Max Roach and Karlheinz Stockhausen; and dance including Merce Cunningham. Asian and African performances included Ravi Shankar, Indian Kathakali, the Senegalese National Ballet, Balinese Music and Dance, and Noh Theater among others.

1977 Shiraz Arts Festival poster.

1977 Shiraz Arts Festival poster.

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Iran and America finally on the same bandwagon. Iranians, Americans…Americans, Iranians listen to each other carefully with respect!!!

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Salam!

Yes, baleh, yes, baleh…it happened finally this week:  President Obama spoke with Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, over the phone. My two presidents broke a 34-year freeze of no direct communication!  I don’t care who initiated this telephone conversation, and I don’t care about the content of this conversation. The fact that the two gentlemen talked with each other is a great step towards breaking down the wall between the two countries: L’ Iran and L’ America.

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Photo courtesy of Abjeez

Photo courtesy of Abjeez

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