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Solo tenor Mohammad Nuri dies at 81


Distinguished tenor Mohammad Nuri, a singer with more than 40 years in folk music, died Saturday night in Tehran’s Jam Hospital. He was 81.

Nuri was suffering from bone cancer and had been hospitalized several times over the past year.

His live, sensational performance of melodies such as “Jaan-e Maryam”, “Shalizar”, “Wishes” and his songs in different dialects of Gilaki, Azari and Shirazi will always be on people’s minds.

His love for his homeland was quite clear in his songs “Land of Sun” and “My Good Land”. He regarded music an international language that belongs to all nations of the world.

He believed in pushing Iranian traditional music toward revolutionary changes the same way that the father of Iranian blank verse Nima Yushij reversed the decline of Persian poetry with his powerful writing style and brave innovations.

A graduate of English literature, Nuri began to teach English in different schools, but his love of music propelled him to singing. He studied Iranian singing with master Esmaeil Mehrtash, and continued with Sirus Shahrdar and Fereidun Farzaneh.

He was following masters Hossein Aslani and Naser Hosseini in his vocal technique. He became popular in 1960’s with his songs sung in various dialects.

His performance of Carmina Burana (a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff) with his choir at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall in 2008 was truly a memorable performance.

Nuri was selected Iran’s eternal figure in music in 2006.

Conductor of Iran’s Philharmonic choir Afsnaeh Jaberi regarded master Nuri as an individual who was kind with his students. “He had an eternal voice and his songs would always remain in the history of Iran’s music.”

Musician and university professor Dariush Pirniakan expressed his grief over the sad loss of the master, “Nuri had a unique style of singing. He always lived with love and several generations lived with his songs. His voice will always remain in our minds.”

His funeral procession will take place on Monday, starting form at Vahdat Hall, and he will be buried in the Artists Section of Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery.

Photo: Mohammad Nuri performs during the closing ceremony of the 24th Fajr International Music Festival at the Vahdat Hall in Tehran on December 16, 2008. (ISNA/Mona Hubefekr)

Source: tehrantimes.com

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