The Safavid era is one of the most important in the art history of Azerbaijan and Iran. In the Safavid miniature paintings frequently represent singers and instrumentalists. Their presence reflects a sophisticated tradition of music making that was an integral part of Safavid court life, yet it is one that remains little known, for the musicological literature of the period is rather thin.

 The organizers of the conference put forward an initiative and created a scientific session on the topic "Musical art and iconography of medieval musical instruments".

 The scientific session will end with a concert of the ethnomusic of the Safavid period. Music and songs based on poems and gazelles by Shah Ismail (Khatai) will sound on medieval musical instruments.

The geography of performers is vast. Below are fragments of the musical art of the Safavid era, performed by contemporary masters.

An ensemble of ancient musical instruments. AZERBAIJAN

A fragment of medieval music.



“O men” (“Ey Erenler”). Shah İsmail’s poem.

Performers Ali Rıza & Hüseyn Albayrak, TURKEY


“What you say?” (“Ne Dersen?”). Shah Ismail's ghazal.

Composer and performer Dr. Fekhreddin Bakhshaliyev, AZERBAİJAN.



Dr. Changiz Mahdipour, IRAN

Solo performance on saz. “Ottoman Divani”

Ramin Garayev. AZERBAİJAN

Solo performance on saz. “Shahsevani” (“Worshiper of the Shah”).



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