Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014

APRIL 16, 2014 at Noon, No Tickets Required

Dr. Nader Majd

Whittall Pavilion

An economist by training, Nader Majd is one of the founders of the Iranian Cultural Society in Washington D.C., and the co-founder of the Saba and Rouholah Khaleghi Ensembles.   He was born in Sari, Iran in November 1944, and learned Santur (hammered dulcimer) and violin at the age of six.  A year later, he received his education in Tar and Setar (plucked instruments) from his father and uncles, who were all gifted musicians. At the age ten, he learned Kamancheh (spike fiddle).  In 1997, Nader established the Center for Persian Classical Music in Vienna, Virginia where he serves as director.  He is also the music director and conductor of the Chakavak Ensemble. Nader has participated in several concerts and radio and TV shows.  He has composed many songs including pieces for orchestra and vocal, overture, and reng (dance songs).  Nader has written numerous articles, and his poetry book, Tajan (the name of a river in his native land), was published in 1984. He lives with his wife and two children in Ashburn, Virginia.

Farshid Mahjour was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1968.  He graduated from the school of electrical engineering in Isfahan.  Farshid started playing Tombak at the age of seven.  His teachers were renowned Iranian Tombak  players: Farhang Far and Rajavi.  He has participated in many concerts and events with different groups and Nader Majd in venues such as the Hill Center in Washington, D.C., and Virginia Tech.  Presently he teaches Tombak and Daf at the Bahai Center in Virginia.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. All concerts are held in the Whittall Pavilon (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress). NO TICKETS REQUIRED.