Musikfest Berlin 2023
The Māhbānoo Ensemble, founded in Iran in 2014, consists exclusively of female musicians. The musicians will travel to Musikfest Berlin from Tehran and Europe in order to finally make their public concert debut in Germany: with traditional Persian music that goes back for centuries.
As women have been forbidden to sing in public in the country since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the ensemble has been prevented from making public performances.
The ensemble’s founder, Majid Derakhshāni, has been banned from performing and practicing his profession as a result of the initiative and his musical activities are categorized as a crime.
The group’s name combines the Persian words “bānoo” (lady) and “māh” (moon) and means “a lady as beautiful as the moon.”
- Nāzanin Ghanizādeh Asl - Kamantsche
- Sarā Rezazādeh - Tar
- Hannāneh Saeidi - Kanun
- Shivā Ahmadisepehr - Oud
- Sahar Zibāei - vocals
- Sabā Zolfaghari - Daf
- Niloufar Mohseni - Tombak
- Majid Derakhshāni - Tar, Setār, vocals, composition and direction
Improvisation in "Dastgāh-e Shoor" mode
Works in "Bayāt-e Tork" and "Bayāt-e Esfahan" mode
with poems by Rumi, Hafez and Gholāmreza Ghodsi
- A joint initiative of the Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin, musica viva of the Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Körber Foundation.
Nāzanin Ghanizādeh Asl