Moody Amiri; 10/19/2018

Moody Amiri
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

There are no borders between East and West in the eclectic music of Moody Amiri—a groundbreaking, international duo comprised of Iranian santur player Amir Amiri and Canadian violist Richard Moody. They make their rescheduled Middlebury debut with a program of engaging and distinctive sounds fusing elements of traditional Persian music with jazz, classical, Indian, and modern spiritual styles. Tickets: $22/16/10/6 

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Associated Activity

The Middlebury College Museum of Art will be open from 6:30–7:30 PM for pre-concert visitors to view Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam through Time and Place. Free.

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Amir Amiri and Richard Moody perform Procession from their album Safar.


Inspired by the diversity and fluidity between their respective Persian and western classical and jazz training, Amir Amiri on santur and violist Richard Moody have created an engaging and distinctive sound fusing elements.

Program to be announced from the stage.


Moody Amiri
Amir Amiri, Santur
Richard Moody, Viola

Amir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran where much of his youth was spent studying the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music.Classically trained, Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of his music, stretching beyond the constraints of classical thought. Arriving in Canada in 1996, Amiri found the ability to do just that while in residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts, a haven of inspiration to which he has returned many times. Since then, Amiri has worked extensively as a performer, composer, musical director and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies, orchestras, concert series, and has considerable experience in film and television. While continuously exploring the limits of his music, Amiri keeps coming back to the conclusion that there are none.

A veteran of the Canadian music scene, violist Richard Moody has delved into almost every style a string player can. After an education in classical viola at the University of Manitoba and the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Caen, France, he co-founded the folk-rock group Acoustically Inclined, garnering national acclaim. Moody's view of music and sound as a universally accessible language, and as a tool for inspiration and enlightenment serves as the basis for all his musical endeavours ranging from roots to jazz to world music. Born into a family of musicians, including sister Ruth Moody, he has recorded and performed with artists such as The Wailin Jennys, The Bills, Paris to Kyiv, Jane Siberry, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

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