The next installment in the Passport Series on June 3rd will take fellow travelers along a journey around the globe through the portal of ancient Persia.  Two multi-instrumentalist musicians with Persian heritage will weave together a tapestry of sounds with a varity of indigenous musical instruments invoking the experience of the sacred in all traditions.

True to a Persian custom of inclusivity, tolerance and respect for all traditions, religions and political views, based on the “first Human rights” declaration on the Cyrus Cylinder dated 539 BC following the Persian conquest of Babylon, there will be a free form discussion on the theme of Art and Creativity as related to human evolution.

This global musical journey will include the experience of hearing selections of Rumi poetry recited in native Farsi (Persian), discussion on its translation/ interpretation and a tasting of Persian foods as well as a selection of artwork.

Massood Taj is a musician and artist. He facilitates creative programming and conducts group workshops with the premise that collaborative creativity builds intimacy and community and “is what brings us closer as humans.”  He promotes creativity in everyone through an artist organization he co-founded in 2006 called Full Circle Art. He is the director of arts programming for the Williamson County Cultural Arts commission.

Roxana Imami  completed her studies at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Clarinet Performance and Music History. A classically trained clarinetist, vocalist, instructor, composer/arranger [multi-instrumentalist – with a specialty in world music, folk and early instruments]