Daniel Sabzghabaei: Khaham keh bar zolfat

Written by Leann Osterkamp


In category: Song of the Day

Published November 26, 2018

What makes Daniel’s music so riveting is its ability to educate and challenge the ear while also providing small fragments of classical familiarity. His vocal music is always technically challenging, melismatic, romantic, and organic. His song “Khaham keh bar zolfat” challenges our ear with Farsi, an unfamiliar language to most of us, but also provides us with strings of beautiful Persian sounds and language patterns. Even though I don’t speak Farsi, my experience in listening to his music makes me feel as though I have heard it my entire life. His music brings out essential concepts and emotions central to Sufism, the all-encompassing desire of intimacy and unification. These concepts, when considered, though well-articulated in Sufism, are really central to all human experience and, therefore, illicit an emotional response that every listener can immediately relate to. Daniel also seamlessly spins in harmonic and motivic elements that incorporate elements that sound Baroque and jazzy. These small elements give the American audience a musical familiarity which constantly engages cultural relationships. Daniel’s music could not be more fitting for Hyphenated-Americans in that it always seems to exhibit his own personal heart, experiences, and mind in extraordinary ways. 

Daniel Sabzghabaei:  Khaham keh bar zolfat (2016) from Four Glimpses of Desire

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Leann Osterkamp is a passionate educator, solo/collaborative pianist, and recording artist. She is an American Presidential Scholar of the Arts and a Steinway Artist. She has garnered numerous accolades, in both performance and academia, starting with her first competitive win at age 8. She has performed/lectured at Caramoor, the Kennedy Center,  Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, and the Library of Congress. She has recorded for Steinway Spirio and WQXR. Her solo album The Complete Works of Leonard Bernstein for Solo Piano and her recording of John Musto’s Improvisation & Fugue are released under the Steinway and Sons Label. Leann received her training at Juilliard and The Graduate Center CUNY. Formerly Adjunct Faculty at Juilliard, where she taught for 6 years, she is currently the Orchestra Director, Piano/Guitar faculty, and Boys Choir Director at Regis Jesuit High School. Leann joined the NYFOS family in 2014 as the first pianist to be invited to the Caramoor Rising Vocal Star Residency, and will be featured in Hyphenated-Americans on February 20, 2019 at Merkin Hall.


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