- Featured: Behdad Moghaddasi
- Release Date: 3/17/2009
Iranian guitarist and composer, Behdad Moghaddasi, is the former chair of the guitar program at Theran Azad University, before immigrating the United States in 2000. Mr. Moghaddasi is the first Iranian solo guitarist to ever step on stage with Iranian Symphony Orchestras to perform Concerto de Aranjuez. He has also performed several solo concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, and England. Mr. Moghaddasi has been hailed as an innovator when it comes to composing music for classical guitar. His music embodies multiple facets of style: 70's Rock Music: Based upon his passion and personal interpretation of the great rock era, Mr. Moghaddasi draws upon this style in pieces such as Far Wishes, from the CD "Persian Suite". Iranian Folk Music: As seen in works such as Dena and Kouchalar. Iranian Traditional and Ethnic Fusion Music: Traditional and individual ethnic elements are infused into Mr. Moghaddasi's interpretation. The tastes, sounds, and colors of Iran are showcased in this classical guitar forum, Persian Suite. Many of Mr. Moghaddasi's work cannot be placed into a category of style. As seen in Trilogy for Guitar, he gives us a taste of unchartered territory which has seemingly never been done before. In all of his works, Mr. Moghaddasi never seeks to replicate previous compositions, a common cliché amongst composers. He draws his inspiration through the perspective of the guitar, and never attempts to deliberately combine Eastern and Western music. - Kristin Gray.