International fine art company, Sotheby’s interviews Tara Kamangar about her Delos debut release, East of Melancholy:
Roxane Zand: What do you think is the appeal of this music?
Tara Kamangar: Personally I find this music to be transportive – it captures the imagination and lets you escape. I’m always drawn to music of a melancholic and romantic nature like this.
Having performed these pieces extensively in recent years, I feel that unlike much contemporary classical music, they sound fresh yet are easily accessible on first hearing. Since the composers I perform often incorporate elements of traditional Iranian music (through various methods including imitating its structure and vocal techniques such as tahrir, using quickly repeated notes to evoke the santour – ancestor of the piano, and incorporating fragments of Iranian folk songs,) they also serve as a bridge for western audiences to become more interested in traditional Iranian music – and by extension, Iran.