Hossein Omoumi and FriendsWorld cultures, Music
Presented by UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The main foundation of classical Persian music is classical Persian poetry, one of the most ancient bodies of literature in the world. The music on this program is based on the poems of Rumi, Hâfez and Attâr, whose poetry is the vehicle through which they expressed their philosophy and approach to life. Inevitably, the music that has evolved based on this poetry is also deeply spiritual and mystical.
Hossein Omoumi was born in Isfahãn, Iran, and began his musical education singing with his father. At age 14 he began to study the ney, the traditional reed flute of Iran. His performance career has included appearances at many of the major festivals and concert halls in Europe and the United States, including San Francisco's World Music Festival, UCLA's Schoenberg Hall and Wadsworth Theater the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the World Music Institute and Asia Society in New York, and Theatre de la Ville in Paris.