Forge: A Creative Music Series – Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh and Thomas Nordlund

Presented by Xylo Entertainment

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
10:00 pm / Doors open at 9:30pm

Tickets: $8

Forge: A Creative Music Series presents music by the Twin Cities best musicians, composers and improvisers. It provides an outlet for music to be performed and written the way the artist envisioned without compromise. Too often the artist is asked to fit into a mold. The music presented in this series is honest, original and thought provoking. Be prepared to be surprised and inspired.

"Migration", the debut collaboration between singer Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh and guitarist Thomas Nordlund, is a collection of reimagined traditional Persian folk songs and original compositions inspired by that musical language.

Yusefzadeh received her early training in Iran, at the Tehran School of Music, from artist and educator Esmail Tehrani. Upon immigrating to the United States as a student, she received a BFA from the University of Minnesota in Art, Music and Dance Performance. She furthered her musical studies at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis, where she studied jazz with renowned Jazz vocalist Roberta Davis. She has also continued her vocal technique training with Nancy Grauff since 1979.

Yusefzadeh is actively involved with Persian music as a vocalist, percussionist, educator and guest lecturer at several area institutions including the Minnesota Historical Society, Walker Art Center, Minnesota Orchestra, Weisman Museum, Minneapolis/St. Paul Public Library system, Universalist and Unitarian Churches, Macalester College, Winona State university, Minneapolis/St. Paul School Districts, and the University of Minnesota. Co-founded the group "Robayat" in 1988 Winner of 1992 Minnesota Music Award. Winners of several musical grants such as Jerome Foundation Grant in 2001 to write the music for a Persian play, "Sohrab and Rustam", with playwright Zarawar Mistry and percussionist Tim O'Keefe. In 2002 performed in the Walker Art Center World Premier performance of "LOGIC OF THE BIRDS" by Shirin Neshat. Co-founder of the "Minnesota Global Arts" and "Global Knowledge Through Cultural Awareness" two organizations focused on advancing public's world cultural knowledge through music.

Thomas Nordlund is a guitarist, composer and sound designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied guitar with Roger Brotherhood, Jaime Guiscafre, and Tim Sparks, and holds a B.A. in guitar performance from the University of Minnesota-Morris, a Certificate in Jazz Studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and completed the Sound Design Program with James Patrick at Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

In 2015, he released his debut full-length record "Divide Avenue". In addition to presenting his own music, he is an active sideman with Sarah Morris, Chris Bates, and Maryam Yusefzadeh, and has performed or recorded with Dead Man Winter, Moon and Pollution, MR DR, The Jana Nyberg Group, The Fontanelles, The Adam Meckler Orchestra, The Madison Jazz Orchestra, and Irie Sol, among many others.


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