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Country Band from Tehran

Accolade (Persian: آکولاد) is an Iranian country band. They were formed in 2011 by vocalist Danial Izadi , pianist Farbod Shirmohammad and violinist Nastaran Ghaffari in Tehran. Later joined by Hamed Babaei, guitarist and Ardeshir Jofreh percussionist /drummer and Kamiar Shahdoust, bassist, Accolade wrote its first song at the start of 2012.

The video here is just a taster, by Dokumusic, of their song Raskolnikov, named after the fictional character in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The name Raskolnikov derives from the Russian raskolnik meaning “schismatic” (traditionally referring to a member of the Old Believer movement). Raskolnikov’s character is depressive and kills he believes, for a higher good, but after being sentenced to exile he begins his mental and spiritual rehabilitation. Fittingly the music is wayward, lilting and suggests nostalgia with the harmonica and violin slide technique. Iranian folk music isn’t far from country, look for example how close the Iranian frame drum dayereh can sound to the Celtic Bodhrán drum.

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