TEHRAN — The 37th Fajr Music Festival ended Friday night honoring the winners of the Barbad Awards, which honor the best musical productions of the year.
The Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili, several other cultural officials attended the closing ceremony of the festival held at Vahdat Hall in Tehran.
“Iranian musicians are among the most authentic artists in the country. They have always respected Iranian culture and rituals, and no one is allowed to consider them otherwise,” Esmaeili said.
“These people are our cultural asset and no one is allowed to speak rudely about them,” he noted.
He said: “The organizers have done well to organize art festivals under difficult conditions, and it is not fair to generalize a weak point to other parties.
Esmaeili also called Iran’s regional music a great treasure and urged Fajr music festival organizers to pay special attention to the genre.
The Barbad Award in the regional music category went to “Talesh”, a musical project initiated by Majid Kalabi, highlighting the melodies used in the Talesh region in the province of Gilan, northern Iran.
In the Modern Iranian Music Without Vocals category, the Barbad Award went to “Provativa” by Asu Kehzadi, while in the Modern Iranian Orchestral Music with Vocals category, Behnam Abolqasem for “Still, the Moment of Rain” and Amin Homai for “Where have they gone? » received honorable mentions.
Puria Akhavas was selected as Best Female Vocalist in the Modern Iranian Orchestral Music with Vocals category for the album “Still, the Moment of Rain”.
“Longing” composed by Reza Vaali was selected as the best western classical music.
The prize for the Vocal Pop and Fusion Music Composition section went to the group Pallet for the album “North to South”, while the prize for the best singer in this section went to Omid Nemati for the album “Meridian Origin”. .
In the Dastgahi Music without Vocals category, the Barbad Award went to the album “Parallel to Infinity” composed by Arman Mahdieh.
Hesam Inanlu won an honorable mention for composing the album “Amid” in the Fusion Music without Vocals category, while the album “The Story of Separation” composed by Amir Sharifi received the award in the Dastgahi Music with Vocals category .
Mojtaba Asgari was named best female singer in the Dastgahi Music category for the album “The Bustan of Sadi”.
In the Pop Music without Vocals section, the prize was awarded to “Detresse” composed by Elyas Dejahang and Majid Eidani-Asl, and flautist Mehrdad Gholami won the prize for his performance in the Classical Music category for the album “Pieces for the Flute”.
Noufe under the direction of Moein Farzad was selected as the best label.
Harpist Azarnush Salek, tombak virtuoso Morteza A’yan and singer and kamancheh player Faraj Alipur also received lifetime achievement awards.
Pictured: Vocalist and kamancheh virtuoso Faraj Alipur (left), harpist Azarnush Salek and tombak player Morteza A’yan pose after receiving their lifetime achievement awards at the 37th Fajr Music Festival. (ISNA/Morteza Zanganeh)