Song of the Reed

Song of the Reed

with Mohammad Motamedi

“Hear the love fire tangled in the reed notes, as bewilderment melts into wine.
The reed is a friend to all who want the fabric torn and drawn away.”
– Rumi

In the theatrical concert Song of the Reed, Calefax meets the world-famous Iranian singer Mohammad Motamedi. Song of the Reed is a poem by the 13th century Persian poet and philosopher Rumi about ‘being torn from the reed bed’. This concert is about being torn from your homeland and cultural traditions, and the complex experiences of the newcomer in a different society. Via texts read and written in both Farsi and Dutch by the Iranian writer Sholeh Rezazadeh, who is a resident of Amsterdam, the musicians shed light on cultural differences between Iran and the Netherlands. The cultural differences will be audible: traditional Persian music in contrast to new notes by the Dutch composer Joël Bons. A challenging cultural search in music and spoken word, with attempts at rapprochement.


Music: traditional Persian music, Claude Debussy, Heinrich Isaac, and a new composition by Joël Bons
Texts: Sholeh Rezazadeh
Light: Theun Mosk
Staging: Titus Tiel Groenestege

Upcoming concerts

Fri 21 May 20.00 Song of the Reed Musis Arnhem / NL
Wed 2 Jun 20.15 Song of the Reed Theater de Veste Delft / NL Tickets
Sat 5 Jun 20.45 Song of the Reed Paradiso Amsterdam / NL Tickets

Past concerts

Tue 13 Apr 20.15 Song of the Reed Cancelled - Phlharmonie (try-out) Haarlem / NL
Fri 16 Apr 20.15 Song of the Reed Cancelled - De Doelen (première) Rotterdam / NL
Sat 17 Apr 20.30 Song of the Reed Cancelled - Theaters Tilburg Tilburg / NL
Wed 21 Apr 20.30 Song of the Reed Cancelled - Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht / NL
Sat 1 May 20.15 Song of the Reed Cancelled - Muziekgebouw Eindhoven / NL
Fri 7 May 20.15 Song of the Reed Cancelled - Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden / NL