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Sigbarg Ensemble @ House Concert, Berkeley

Some information about the performers:

Hesam Abedini (ensemble leader and vocalist) is a graduate of the Tehran Music School and founding member of the Sibarg Ensemble. He received his diploma in piano performance and composition and has also studied at the Yerevan Conservatory in Armenia for three years. Since 2011, he has been researching classical Persian music theory and studying the Persian vocal repertoire under the direction and supervision of Dr. Hossein Omoumi, Professor of Music at UCI. Hesam is the recipient of Turetzky, Stout, and Chancellors’ Awards at UCSD where he received his B.A. in Composition. Currently, Hesam is pursuing his Ph.D. in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at the University of California, Irvine as a Provost Ph.D. Fellow.

Josh Charney (keyboards) is a performer, composer, and improviser. He has studied with Wadada Leo Smith and Anthony Davis, and has performed with Vinny Golia, Alphonsol Johnson, Adam Rudolp, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser and Rahman Jamaal.

Sara Saberi (oud) studied with multiple oud masters in Tehran, and has performed with such ensembles as Khorshid Ensemble, and Maah, and internationally performed with Majnoon Ensemble in India. Sara was concertmaster of oud on the National Orchestra of Iran from 2011-2014, and founded her all-women's Chista Ensemble. Sara is a strong advocat for women’s freedom in music within her country.

Jordan Glenn (percussion) has worked closely with Fred Frith (FF Trio, Gravity Band), William Winant, Zeena Parkins (The Adorables), Roscoe Mitchell, Ben Goldberg, Todd Sickafoose, John Schott, Lisa Mezzacappa, Dominique Leone, Kyle Bruckmann, Michael Coleman, Matthew Welch and the bands Jack O' The Clock, Arts & Sciences, tUnE-yArDs, and the Oakland Active Orchestra. He composes/conducts the large, percussion heavy band BEAK, and since 2007 has lead the trio Wiener Kids. Jordan has been commissioned to create scores for evening-length dance pieces by Sharp & Fine and Liss Fain Dance.

The concert will start at 8 pm on Saturday August 10. The group will perform 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during intermission.

We ask $30 to attend, payable in advance of the concert to secure a seat. As always the preference is PayPal to my email address (, but you may also send a check to:

Harry Bernstein

1068 Spruce Street

Berkeley 94707