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Iranian band Lian regales audiences in faraway Gothenburg.

Mohsen Sharifan
Mohsen Sharifan

Iran continues to surprise us. This time, talented musicians from Bushehr are grabbing international cultural headlines. The Lian music group is currently regaling audiences in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band is already well-known across the globe for its skill in working the ney-anban (Iranian bagpipe), whose use is rooted in the local musical tradition of Bushehr, called Lian in ancient times. The instrument is closely associated with Serva, the singing of free-meter couplets. Mohsen Sharifian, the conductor of the group, has played a big role in exporting the delights of ney-anban to a global audience. The group was formed in 1993 and it toured the United States four years later, performing before rapt audiences in Washington, Virginia, New York and Philadelphia. Fame came thick and fast, as was evident from the invitation that the band received for performing at the Chung Hoo festival in Singapore and later for the second international music festival in Turkmenistan.

The group also shot into international limelight with its soul-stirring offerings at the 2006 Football World Cup in Germany and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In Gothenburg, the band has already made a positive impression during its first performance on March 12, and another one which followed three days later.

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