About Samat Choir


Azadeh Azimi
The SAMAT Choir was formed in 2000 by it’s Artistic Director and Choreographer Azadeh Azimi and, since then, many hundreds of those who had benefited from her teaching method, have been initiated into a full range of music, from Renaissance to Gospel.
Concerts have been organized with the greatest difficulty, using Events such as “Shiraz Asia-Pacific Festival” or “Cultural Week of France and Germany” and numerous performances with the Guest Artists from Berlin through which the Choir gained Experience and Recognitions throughout the years, making SAMAT become Winner of the First Price in Tehran’s International Music Festival in year 2012.

Samat, the Sound of Silent

THREE decades, of negligence to works of classical music and the lack of any musical institution even in major Iranian towns and cities have left behind a hostile yet nevertheless fertile environment for musical development.

In this environment and in the face of opposition, Azadeh Azimi has set out to make sure that the great cultural and educational value of classical music is kept alive in Iran and made available to all. Having herself experienced opposition in her early years as a self-taught musician, Azadeh set out to create her own unique teaching method based on the characterization of sounds, rhythms and harmonies and the links between them, a method designed to develop an intimate relationship with music within a relatively short period of time.

The formation of a choir was a natural extension of Azadeh’s determination and belief in the power of music to transform lives. Although a choir of both male and female voices, conducted by a woman, has been met with enormous resentment and sometimes even intimidation, the human voice remains the musical instrument that everyone possesses and everyone has in common. It draws no attention to itself and it may be taken anywhere.

The SAMAT Choir was formed in 2000 by its Artistic Director and Choreographer Azadeh Azimi and, since then, many hundreds of those who had benefited from her teaching method have been initiated into a full range of music, from Renaissance to Gospel. Concerts have been organized with the greatest difficulty, using Events such as “Shiraz Asia-Pacific Festival” or “Cultural Week of France and Germany” and numerous performances with the Guest Artists from Berlin through which the Choir gained Experience and Recognition throughout the years, making SAMAT become Winner of the First Price in Tehran’s International Music Festival in year 2012.

The SAMAT Choir owes its existence and development being for all to Azadeh’s inspiration and determination. No wonder, then, that it has won an important place in the hearts of its singers, as they learn to sing together and to create a more harmonious and conscientious life for themselves and for their immediate environment.

While pursuing her own musical education outside Iran, principally in Germany, Azadeh has dedicated her life to musical education in Iran, to cultural exchange with other countries and to the evolution of her choir. For the people of Iran, she represents a progressive image of womanhood to the outside world – a young Iranian female conductor composing, teaching and singing classical music against all the odds.

The SAMAT Choir was born in the beautiful and legendary town of Shiraz, twenty five kilometers from the Valley of Persepolis, where it continues to fill the world with music to this day.

SAMAT Choir Ensemble

Résumé
Artistic Director, conductor and choreographer: Azadeh Azimi
SAMAT Choir Ensemble formed on Aug 8 2000.
Number of members: about 20 vocalists in six groups (Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass) Language of the lyrics: Persian, English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, and Latin
Performances:
  • Mar 2001, Shiraz: First appearance in a private concert
  • Aug 2001, Shiraz: Concert in Bargh Hall
  • Feb 2002, Shiraz: Choir Festival in Hafez Hall
  • Jun 2003, Shiraz: Poem and Music Festival in Hafez Hall
  • Oct 2003, Shiraz: Franco-German cultural week in Hafez Hall
  • Oct 2003, Shiraz: The 48th Asia-Pacific Film Festival closure ceremony
  • Feb 2004, Tehran: Concert in Carpet Museum Hall
  • Dec 2004, Shiraz : Beethoven's Memorial Day in Hafez Hall
  • Sep 2005, Shiraz : Concert in Afif-Abaad Garden
  • Jan 2006, Shiraz : Fadjr Music Festival, side performance
  • Nov 2007, Shiraz : SAMAT concert in Hafez Hall
  • May 2008, Shiraz : Concert in International Medical Congress in Sadra Hall
  • Jul 2008, Shiraz : Concert for Shiraz Medical Union in Ehsan Hall
  • Apr 2009, Shiraz : SAMAT Concert Hafez Hall, with live musical instruments accompaniments ( 2 Horn players and a Pianist from Berlin and 2 Violinists from London)
  • Dec.2009, Shiraz: SAMAT Concert, Hafez Hall, with 6 Musicians from Berlin. (The Wind Ensemble “ Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon” Percussionist , and Pianist. And the arrangement of A further Concert in Tehran Vahdat Hall for the same Ensemble.
  • Oct.2010, Tehran: Taking parts in the 20th Anniversary of German Reunification in Ambassador's Residence
  • May 2011, Shiraz: SAMAT Concert, Hafez Hall, with Solo Baritone Singer from Berlin and his Pianist An Experimental Concert accompanied by A Conference about the History of Music from Renaissance to Contemporary
  • Feb.2011, Tehran: Taking parts in 27th Fadjr International Music Festival, Rudaki Hall, and winning the first Price for the best Choir in Iran.
  • May 2012, Shiraz: SAMAT Concert, Hafez Hall
  • oct. 2012, Marvdasht: SAMAT Concert, Mehr Hall
  • Nov. 2012, Shiraz: Charity Concert for disabled and orphan Children, two Orphanages
  • Feb.2014, Tehran: Taking parts in 29th Fadjr International Music Festival, Rudaki Hall, and winning the secend Price for the best Choir in Iran.