Graceful melodies around ancient Persian verses

Iranian culture is steeped in poetry, as singer Mohammad Motamedi also proves. While improvising, he weaves graceful melodies around ancient Persian verses, many of which he knows by heart. Poems by Rumi, Hafez and Ferdowsi, for example, on which he continually sheds new light. At the BIMHUIS he improvises with the jazz musicians of the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio, who have often collaborated with Iranian musicians.  

Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater and Vinsent Planjer feel each other flawlessly and have been performing together all over the world for fifteen years. With jazz as their background, they embark on daring projects with both classical and Middle Eastern musicians. The trio often visited Iran and collaborated with big names such as Kayhan Kalor and Hossein Alizadeh. The connecting factor between the trio and the Iranian musicians is improvisation, essential in both jazz and Persian music.