Reinventing Selichot with Persian Jewish Music
Hosted By: My Jewish Learning
Join musician, composer, and anthropologist Galeet Dardashti for a pre-High Holiday Persian musical program. Galeet will share, sing, and discuss some of the music from her new album, Monajat (a Persian word referring to intimate prayer), which reimagines some of the Persian sacred music from Selichot—poetry chanted nightly preceding the Jewish New Year as spiritual preparation.
Monajat (which will release on September 9th) is inspired by old and haunting recordings of the prayers of Selichot chanted by Galeet’s late grandfather, Younes Dardashti, a famous master singer of Persian classical music in 1950s/60s Iran. Riffing off these old tapes, Galeet sings with remixed samples of her grandfather and composes a soundscape of original music performed by an acclaimed ensemble of musicians. Galeet will also provide more background on Judeo Persian music traditions and her journey in connecting with them.