Alireza Astaneh

Persian Letters

November 24, 2014 | Kevin Schwartz

Kevin Schwartz looks at the allure of Persian nasta’liq calligraphy in the ateliers and courts of the Persianate world, as well as to a new generation of Iranian artists

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Hello Psychaleppo

Syriously Surreal

November 18, 2014 | Leo Kroonen

‘When you limit yourself, you are actually more free’ – a chat with Beirut-based Syrian artist and musician Samer Saem Eldahr – a.k.a. Hello Psychaleppo! – about his latest album, HA!

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Hojat Amani

Sex, Drugs, and Gol-o-Bolbol

November 10, 2014 | Joobin Bekhrad

Before David Bowie, ZZ Top, the Sex Pistols, and Johnny Thunders, there were the Qajars. Joobin Bekhrad looks at the dynasty’s influence on Iranian artists, designers, and musicians today

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Khyam Allami

Oud Dude

November 3, 2014 | Joobin Bekhrad

Iraqi-British musician Khyam Allami talks to Joobin Bekhrad about the oud, classical Arabic music, rock and roll, and his new artist-friendly record label, Nawa Recordings

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Ahmed Moustafa

Island Fervour

October 27, 2014 | Joobin Bekhrad

A taste of things to come at the sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art, which runs between the 5th and 8th of November 2014 on the city’s idyllic Saadiyat Island

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