TITLE: The Sama Ensemble
SPEAKER: Sama Ensemble
EVENT DATE: 2007/04/25
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 55 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The Sama Ensemble performed traditional Iranian music and dance as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
Speaker Biography: The Sama Ensemble, founded by Ali Analouei, was formed in 1998 from students of the Center for Classical Persian Music (CPCM). Their name references the best known of the ritual dances of the Sufis, characterized by whirling. The ensemble has performed under the auspices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the National Geographic Society, several universities and venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Since its founding, the ensemble has attracted professional performers, including Naser Khorasani, a renowned musician and Daf player, who joined Analouei as co-director of the Sama Ensemble in 2005.