The Masnavi Duo مثنوى is a dialogue between two instruments – the kamanche and the piano – and between two musical traditions – classical Persian music and jazz. In this dialogue each instrument preserves its authenticity and specific character: the kamanche (the traditional Iranian violin) draws on the classical Persian « radif » repertoire and maintains the subtle and varied use of microtones. The piano playing is inspired by the rich harmonic language and creativity of jazz. Combining the seemingly incompatible the Duo Masnavi creates something excitingly new: ancient Persian melodies are illuminated and transformed by western harmonies, the lively sound of the piano is infused and deepened with the spiritual energy of the the kamanche. This is something literally unheard-of! The dialogue of (music) cultures brings forth a new, emotional listening experience.
Daniel Stawinski (piano)
Alireza Mehdizadeh (kamanche)