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Behnam Nateghi's New York Magazine on Radio Azadi

Updated March 25, 2000
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Veteran broadcaster/journalist Behnam Nateghi produces a 40-Minute weekly show on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Radio Azadi). The program is broadcast to Iran out of Prague. You can listen to the archived versions of this weekly program by using the following links.

INDEX

New reports

* Carpet importers on lifting of sanctions; Discovering a new Persian poet. Ms. Maryam Hooleh.

* Majid Majidi's movie, The Color of Paradise opens in the US.; Exhibition of contemporary and avant-garde art at PS1; Persian music concert by Dastan Ensemble.

* Life's work by modern Iranian artist Monir Shahroudi Farmanfarmaian; Kurt Weill's long lost and now revived opera; Interview and musical samples from Ms. Sussan Deihim.

* Honoring Dr. Hadi Shafaiyeh, the father of Iran's modern photography; Brazilian modern dance choreographer, Deborah Colder; Film: "Holy Smoke".

* Interview with Mr. Raze Derakhshani, musician in New York; In memory of the contemporary poet, Mr. Nadir Naderpour.

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* Interview with Prof. Peter Chelkowski; Richard Serra's installations

* Film: Topsy Turvey; Interview: Hamid Ladjevardi, Director of Baltic Fund; Music: Keyhan Kalhour

* Popular music in MP3; Interview: Salar Abdoh; Contemporary dance: Mark Morris

* Art: Leila Taghinia-Milani, gallery owner; Merger: America Online and Time Warner; Film: Titus

* Music: Sassan Ghahri; Errol Morris' documentary about Fred Leuchter

* Exhibition of Body Art; Retrospective of Issey Miyake; Film: Sweet & Lowdown; Sussan Deyhim, in concert at Knitting Factory

* Choral music in New York; Poetry: Esmail Khoi

* Lady of Persian Song, Delkash; Broadway's Tango Argentino; Film: Liberty Heights

* New York carpet merchants

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Saturday, March 18, 2000

1. Major Iranian carpet importers in New York comment about the lifting of the sanctions on carpets and how Iran can regain the US market for its carpets.

2. Discovering a new Persian poet. Ms. Maryam Hooleh, a 23-year old poet is introduced to New York audiences in a special video. She is being compared to Forough Farrokhzad by those who believe they have found a shining new talent in her.

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Saturday, March 11, 2000

1. Majid Majidi's movie, The Color of Paradise opens in the US. We have a look at the movie and American critics reaction to the movie.

2. Exhibition of contemporary and avant-garde art at PS1. Called Greater New York, the show is the first joint exhibit organized by Museum of Modern Art and PS1 organization since their merger in 1999.

3. Persian music concert by Dastan Ensemble in New York's Symphony Space. We have sampling of the music and short comments by Hamid Motebassen, the composer. We discuss their work in an interview with ethnomusicologist, Dr. Gholamhossein Jannati-Attai.

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Saturday, March 4, 2000

1. A report of the opening of the exhibition of a lifetime's work by modern Iranian artist Monir Shahroudi Farmanfarmaian, whose use of mirrors and glass and other traditional Persian architectural materials and designs brought her fame in the 1970's western art world. She was also a major collector of Persian folk art. The show was held at New York's Center for Iranian Modern Art (CIMA).

2. A report on the performance of Kurt Weill's long lost and now revived opera, The Eternal Road with 150 German musicians and singers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

3. Interview and musical samples from Ms. Sussan Deihim, whose new CD, entitled Madman of God was just released in Europe by Crammed Disc, a prominent Belgian label for new music.

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Saturday, February 25, 2000

1. Honoring Dr. Hadi Shafaiyeh, the father of Iran's modern photography at a night organized in celebration of the publication of Daftar Honor's special issue on Shafaiyeh. We have an interview with Defter Honor founding editor, Bijou Assadipour, and we hear from poet and critic, Dr. Raze Bargain and Had Shafaiyeh himself, who tells us how he photographed Nima Yooshij.

2. Brazilian modern dance choreographer, Deborah Colder and her acrobatic dances on a big steel wheel.

3. A report on the movie, Holy Smoke, the latest work by Australian director, Jane Campaign.

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Saturday, February 19, 2000

1. Interview with Mr. Raze Derakhshani, musician in New York, about his work, his "tar" which has 8 strings and his collaborations with American musicians.

2. In memory of the contemporary poet, Mr. Nadir Naderpour, who died yesterday in Los Angeles

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February 5, 2000

1. Interview with Prof. Peter Chelkowski, about his presentation last Sunday in Metropolitan Museum of Art about

Nezami. He also talks about his visit to Iran last summer, where he saw new performances of Tazieh and comments on the advancement on Tazieh and research on Tazieh in the past 25 years.

2. Richard Serra's gigantic steel sculpture installation and a few other current contemporary art exhibitions in the new, huge Chelsea area gallery spaces.. leading to a news item about the upcoming Whitney Biennial showing the work of Iranian artist, Shirin Neshat. 3. A concert of the works of Ms. Faranghiz Ali-zadeh, the Azerbaijani composer, who finds new ways to use Azerbaijani mogham music in western style new music. We hear a cello and piano duet and an orchestral piece, both faintly reminding us of Iranian music.

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January 29, 2000

1. A report on the movie Topsy Turvey.

2. Interview with Hamid Ladjevardi, Director of Baltic Fund, about the exhibition of Baltic contemporary art in New York's National Arts Club.

3. Keyhan Kalhour and Ardavan Kamkar in a concert in New York's Symphony Space: includes interview with Kalhour and a sampling of the live music played at the concert.

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January 22, 2000

1. Distribution of popular music in digital form on the internet, MP3, the copyright issue, stats, etc. with a sampling of songs available on the Internet through internet radios and download sites.

2. An interview with Iranian author, Salar Abdoh, whose book, The Poet Game is published by St. Martin's Picador imprint. The book is a spy novel: an Iranian working for a secret department of the Intelligence ministry comes to New York to stop a terrorist group connected with another branch of the ministry. This is Mr. Abdoh's first interview with a Persian speaking radio about this book.

3. Contemporary dance choreographer, Mark Morris -- a review of his show, with some music from the show.

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January 15, 2000

1. Interview with Leila Taghinia-Milani, gallery owner and fine art consultant, who during the past 20 years have discovered and introduced to American market a few top Iranian artists. She has also represented major Iranian contemporary artists, such as Zendehroudi, Arabshahi and the like. In the interview, we discuss the status of Iranian artists in New York art market.

2. A discussion about the ramifications of the merger between America Online and Time Warner.

3. A report on the movie, Titus, based on a play by William Shakespeare, about atrocities of war and revenge.

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January 8, 2000

1. An interview and a musical sampling of the work of Sassan Ghahri an Iranian composer and producer of several kinds of electronic and ambient music, made with eastern traditional music samples. He has produced, composed, made or collaborated on more than 80 CD's in the past 15 years. About 20 CD's of his own music and his collaborations with others. He runs his own independent record label, Baraka Foundation, which is distributed in the US by Caroline Records. In the piece, we re-assemble a piece made with a sample from Persian tar. A visit to New York Museum of Modern Art's major exhibit, Modern Starts, about the first 40 years of modern art.

3. A report on the documentary by Errol Morris about Fred Leuchter, an expert in execution devices who became involved with Revisionists who deny the holocaust.

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December 25, 1999

1. Exhibition of Body Art: Marks of Identity, in New York Museum of Natural History

2. Retrospective of Issey Miyake, Avant-Garde Japanese fashion designer and artist in Ace Gallery.

3. Sweet & Lowdown, the new Woody Allen movie, with Sean Penn, about a Jazz guitarist in the 1930's.

4. Sussan Deyhim, in concert at Knitting Factory: A radio documentary about the work of this sound innovator, singer and voice acrobat, with an interview and music from her live show at Knitting Factory, as well as a sampling of her recordings in the past 20 years.

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December 18, 1999

1. Choral music in New York at Christmas time: We visit three important churches, as well as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the 2,500 strong Sing-in of Handel's Messiah.

2. With Esmail Khoi, the contemporary poet in exile. Khoi gave us a good interview. I also talked to Dr. Karimi-Hakkak, and there are three poems, mixed with music. His poem about the Italian village, Borjo Verezzi, complete with a piano piece played by Charles Mingus, the jazz genius, and a lovely poem about M. R. Shajarian, with which we hear pieces of the Abu Atta, played by M. R. Lotfi and M. R. Siavoush Shajarian.

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December 11, 1999

1. Lady of Persian Song, Delkash, reporting on Delkash's appearance in a New York concert, includes interviews with Delkash, her musicians and a sampling of her most famous songs, including a duet with Houshmand Aghili.

2. Broadway's Tango Argentino

3. A report on the movie, Liberty Heights

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December 4, 1999

New York carpet merchants talk about the U.S. embargo

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