It is an exploration of the flamenco soul with the devotion of the dervish.
Hovering above the wooden plates, with invisible wings of fire. Taking in air and turning it into the sky piercing prayer. Radiating vibrations that penetrate the earth like roots of a tree and the hands flowing on the strings like a river between East and West. NAiRUZ, it is the exploration of the flamenco soul with the devotion of the dervish…
Nairuz derives from old Persian and symbolises the birth of spring, the blossoming of nature. In oriental maqam music it is the name of the music scale.
Project by guitarist Mirza Redžepagić, Nairuz blend the rich heritage of Sufi music and flamenco. The dialogue between two different musical traditions sharing the same core resonates with the soft sounds of flamenco guitar, oriental oud, Turkish ney and double bass, complemented by the sonorous Sufi singing and palmas as an essential form of percussion that helps accentuate the absorbed flamenco dance. Nairuz represents a mixture of deep rooted traditions with the art of being attentive to the present moment.
The music they play is new, imbued with mysticism.
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the band was unable to practice and to work together because they live in 3 different countries. This is their way of expressing their art during pandemic time.
NAiRUZ Behind the curtain
This video is recorded while preparing for the concert in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The concert was held a few days before the lockdown, when we still had no idea it would be our last concert back in the “old normal”.
NAiRUZ Between the curtains
After one year, Almedin, the singer, came to Sarajevo from Novi Pazar, Serbia. Since none of them have played live for a year, Mirza had an idea to visit his good friend, Parviz, Persian poet, musician and merchant, at his gallery ''Isfahan'' located at the old town of Sarajevo, in hope of the spontaneous jam session.
NAiRUZ Away from the curtain
Away from the Curtain is an online studio concert of Almedin Varošanin & Mirza Redžepagić performing four compositions of their repertoire. This video is the last video of NAiRUZ Trilogy made during the pandemic, which resembles the effort of an artist to create and perform even when it's not possible to do it live.
Videos & Photos
Photos by Aida Redzepagic & Jasmin Brutus
Mirza Redžepagić - guitar
Almedin Varošanin - vocal & ney
Nino Mureškić - percussion
Urška Centa - dance & palmas