Parhām Haghighi is a vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger originally from Iran. He moved to the United States in 2012 to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated, Summa cum Laude, in Contemporary Writing and Production with a focus on Jazz Vocal Performance. Parham has had the chance of working as a performer or arranger with some of the renowned musicians including Javier Limón, Simon Shaheen, Joyce Moreno, and Zhang Bichen to name a few. A recipient of Berklee’s “Outstanding Achievement Award”, Haghighi currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and has been actively performing as a vocalist and pianist at the music festivals, universities, and venues across Iran and the US.
This concert will be held in celebration of Nowruz.
Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of the spring. It is considered as the start of the New Year among Iranians. The name comes from Avestan meaning “new day/daylight”. Nowruz is celebrated March 20/21 each year, at the time the sun enters Aries and Spring begins.
Nowruz has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian religion. Today the festival of Nowruz is celebrated in Iran, Iraq, India, Afghanistan, Tajikestan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Reception to follow in Luce Common Room
Co-Sponsored by the Macmillan Center, Iranian Studies Program, Council on Middle East Studies, South Asian Studies Council, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, and the Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development Fund
Funded in part by a USDE Title VI National Resource Center Grant