After having recently toured through Rotterdam, Stockholm, and Vienna, with another stop scheduled for Vancouver on November 9th, the accomplished and always dapper Persian entertainer, Dr. Shahkar Bineshpajooh, will soon make his long-awaited return to the City of Angels at the Microsoft Theater on Saturday, November 30th, at 8:30 pm. Los Angeles boasts the largest contingent of Persians outside of Iran with a reported population as large as 500,000, many of whom are already looking forward to Dr. Bineshpajooh’s concert as it guarantees an eclectic musical presentation that not only celebrates the Persian spirit but a cultural diversity spanning the globe.
The passionate performer’s unique approach to the stage is a product of an interesting story that dates as far back as his upbringing as an only child in Tehran, Iran, where he learned to not define himself by any one thing. For instance, although he taught himself how to write poetic lyrics, play the guitar, piano, and drums since the age of 15, music hasn’t been his lone interest. What separates Dr. Bineshpajooh from his contemporaries is that he is proficient in many fields, including urban planning, which is the subject he earned his Ph.D. in.
In fact, according to the Iranian Department of Education, the multifaceted artist was the youngest doctoral student in his class – and this was after having earned his master’s degree in political geography. Thus, ardent supporters of Dr. Bineshpajooh would not only be surprised to find he is in fact a legitimate doctor (of philosophy), but that he regularly lectures at universities, writes peer-reviewed journal articles, and donates his time to several charitable causes that he believes in.
And yet, in addition to all his duties pertaining to education, Dr. Bineshpajooh has sustained quite the reputation and fan following as a composer, singer, and musician. His performances are as popular as they are because he goes above and beyond to ensure that the visual aesthetic of his concerts is just as spectacular as the music itself.
The stage design for his shows is emphasized by state-of-the-art lighting and top-of-the-line production values. The suave, slicked-back, and pony-tailed Dr. Bineshpajooh himself is usually adorned in an elegant, trim suit with an especially lavish bowtie and blazer that clearly denote his superstar status. But more than merely looking the part, when it comes time to perform – to play the piano, sing, and get the audience into a spirited frenzy – the artist is able to successfully back up all appearances with a gratifying substance.
To this point, besides being renowned for his pleasant, crooning vocals, Dr. Bineshpajooh is also famous for his energetic stage presence and for performing with many a prestigious orchestra, including, among a multitude of others, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev’s Opera Orchestra, the Yerevan Opera Orchestra, as well as symphony orchestras around the world. As a result, the superstar’s musicianship and vocals — when combined with a legion of violinists, cellists, trumpeters, trombonists, flutists, saxophonists, clarinetists, percussionists, and so on – create a delightfully surreal soundscape where Persian musicality is honored within a classical framework.
There’s no denying the incredible appeal of seeing and listening to the Tehran native sing an assortment of his hits such as “Be to Che,” “Mimiram,” “Asheghet Mimoonam,” “Bichareh Man,” “Donayaye Aramesh,” “Mashti Mashallah,” “Sar Oomad Zemestoon,” “Vasate Ghalbam,” “Vaghti Miboosi Mano,” and “Shab Bood Biaban Bood,” all the while being supported by tranquil and fervent waves of melodious instrumentation that wash up beautifully to the veritable shore of where Dr. Bineshpajooh is proudly standing.
At the front of the stage, the maestro — who is reinventing how people listen to Persian tunes — always smiles jubilantly, supporting and encouraging his audience, amid an idyllic scene where he is plying his creativity. Dr. Bineshpajooh’s welcoming energy invites guests of his concerts to revel in an extravaganza that pays homage to the 6,000-year-old traditions of Persia (oftentimes with a collection of dancers in customary regalia) in conjunction with other longstanding musical influences throughout history. This unique juxtaposition is one that cannot be missed.
Overall, just like his last concert at the Microsoft Theater in 2014 (when it was called the Nokia Theatre) at L.A. Live, the charismatic Dr. Bineshpajooh will again be joined by the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra who will stand united with him on stage, where they will perform a show that appeals to not only Persians but all lovers of music. The production promises to traverse all borders and ethnicities to salute the universal importance of music on humanity and its invaluable impact on our psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The concert on November 30th at the Microsoft Theater will be a masterclass of music, indeed, helmed by a man whose name, Shahkar, fittingly means masterpiece.
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