Duo Chakâm

Sogol Mirzaei

Prior to Chakam was the duet founded in 2014 by Sogol Mirzaei and Saghar Khadem, to let the art they received sing out loud, following pure Persian tradition. Under the grace of their dancing fingers, the true essence of radif emerges in their creation, as the rose perfumes the alleys of gardens where Lovers surrender.

 

From melodious inspirations to intricate rhythmical pieces, an invitation to join them in a sensual, delicately woven encounter with the fabulous East. Sogol reveals yet another side of her sensibility, around the soft sonority of the setar.

 

One musician living in Paris, the other in Amsterdam, they can easily meet and perform in various events across Europe.

Ensemble Chakâm

Sogol Mirzaei - Trio-Chakam

Sogol Mirzaei, Vahideh Eisaei and Saghar Khadem illuminate the essence of Iran’s traditional art music. Chakam, feminine harmony of virtuosic strings and an intoxicating percussion, in the eye of a spirited and youthful friendship.

 

Their performances are built according to the rules of the subtle art of radif, where intense rhythmical moments answer profound melodious tirades, where intimate and modern improvisations join authentic ancient Persian compositions. The listener, by the vibrations of the luth and zither entwined, is immersed into the delights of a delicate contemplation. Yet his heart tirelessly blooms again carried by the solar percussions. Within this sincere harmony opens a window on a singular musical universe, intimate yet majestic.

 

Chakam was born in 2014, celebrating a long-lasting friendship between its three musicians who live separately between France, the Netherlands and Australia. Reunited through music, they have already presented their art in front of ravished audiences in France and Switzerland, genuine ambassadors of the wonderful Iranian culture. Lately, they performed as a trio in Lyon and Paris, in Lausanne, Switzerland, opening act for the great artist Kayhan Kalhor and then for full-house audience on campus, as well as in Geneva as part of the « Persian Notes » festival in March 2017. In January 2018, the trio toured Australia, giving concerts in Hobart as part of the Mona Foma festival, in Adelaide as well as in Melbourne.

Duo Sogol MIRZAEI & Ershad TEHRANI

The duo of Sogol MIRZAEI and Ershad TEHRANI is an invitation to travel.
Like any journey, it all starts with a meeting: the crossed paths of two musical itineraries that met in Paris and that combine the energy of percussion (Daf and Tombak) with the harmonies of the Tar. Both of which resonate with the personal history of each musician.
Both musicians bring to their Persian classical music the spirit of the great masters of Tehran who taught them and whose tradition the musicians carry on. What’s more, the musicians bring to the fore a contemporary approach that celebrates creativity and improvisation.
In constant movement, the duo’s music feeds off a mutual heritage that is revisited during each performance and which combines old traditions waiting to be unearthed and a sense of modernity that is proud of its roots.
A voyage through time – and a timeless voyage.

Concerts

Concerts

 

[2004] Concert with Fakhteh Ensemble at Vahdat Opera House (Tehran)

[2004] Concert with Fakhteh Ensemble at Fadjr Festival at Niavaran Palace (Tehran)

[2005] Concert with Avin Ensemble at Niavran Palace (Tehran)

[2005] Concert with Avin Ensemble at Hafezieh Hall (Shiraz)

[2006] Concert with Dehlavi Orchestra at Vahdat Opera & Bahman Hall as a part of Fadjr Festival(Tehran)

[2008] Concert «Paysages», Série de pièces acousmatiques au centre culturel du Crous (Reims)

[2009] Solo recital at Free Culture Association (Paris)

[2010] Solo recital at Bahar Association (Paris)

[2011] Concert with Darvish Khan Ensemble at Al Medina Festival (Tunis)

[2013] Tar & Setar recital at Mandapa Center (Paris)

[2013] Tar & Setar recital at Saint-Mary’s Church (Paris)

[2014] Chakam Duet in Nesle Theater (Paris)

[2014] Concert with Baran Ensemble in Patronage Laïque Jules Vallès (Paris)

[2014] Tar recital in Saint Mary’s Church (Paris)

[2014] Tar recital at Cité International des Arts (Paris – October 2014)

[2015] Chakam Duet in l’Abri (Geneva)

[2015] Chakam Duet in Lapin Vert Theatre (Lausanne)

[2015] Tar recital at Cortot Hall (Paris)

[2015] Tar récital at l’ENS (Paris)

[2016] Chakâm Trio at Pully Theater (Lausanne)

[2016] Persian and Armenian music with Madjid Khaladj & Rouben Haroutunian (Fontenay-aux-Roses)

[2017] Chakâm Trio European tour: Notes Persane Festival in Geneva, Centre Culturel d’Héritage

Iranian in Paris, Rolex Auditorium at EPFL in Lausanne, Institute of Persian Music in Lyon

* Live interview and performance with Paradisio Program show at Switzerland Radio La Première

[2018] Chakâm trio Australian tour: Mona Foma festival in Tasmania, All Nations Church in Melbourne, Nexus Art festival in Adelaide

[2018] Sarv Ensemble: Multicultural festival of music in Canberra (Australia)

[2018] Chakâm Duet, Museu José Malhoa, Caldas da Rainha (Portugal)

[2018] Persian music duet with Ershad Tehrani, Columbia Global Centers, Reid Hall (Paris)

[2019] Marco Polo: Venetian baroque music/Persian music/Slam, Gaston Bernard Theater, (Châtillon sur seine, France)

[2019] Alexis Avakian Sextet “Miasin”, Sunset-Sunside in Paris (France)

[2019] “Paradoxe” project with Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam at Mawazine festival in Rabat (Morocco)

[2019] “Salon Volant” Solo performance in Jura (France)

[2019] Duo Chakâm at Festival del Mediterraneo in Genova (Italy)