Why do young people today still enjoy and replay the tunes of hundreds of years ago? Do they still speak to them as they once spoke to contemporaries of the composer? The evidence says yes, and while London hosts it’s own open-minded yet traditional orchestra, The Collaborative Orchestra, in the USA a young guitarist is reworking ancient folk tunes from Iran and Azerbaijan to deliver her version of what her forefathers were listening to.
Mehrdad Farid conducts The Collaborative Orchestra who perform this month with guitarist Lilly Ahsfar. We have a pair of tickets to give away, catch Thursday evening’s interview with composer and conductor Mehrdad Farid and Bryan Pepper manager of the Collaborative Orchestra and chief trombonist at 19.30, repeating Monday 8.30am to find out how they can be yours, worth £25 each. Listen online on 104.4FM across London on online HERE.
In this interview we discuss, the arrangements by Asfhar, the workings of the Orchestra and the merit of classical music today.
Farid, who has been a guest on Six Pillars before, studied composition at Tehran Conservatoire, where he was later appointed Professor of Undergraduate Composition. He holds a Pre-Masters in art from Cambridge, a conducting diploma from the Royal Academy and has just finished a Masters in composing for film and media at the University of Hertfordshire, focusing on digital audio, recording, mastering and production in film, contemporary dance and musical theatre!
Lilly Ashfar is a guitarist from America, born in Iran, migrating in 1977. She is now a professor of guitar at the University of Memphis and writes her own arrangements.