Sound Observations With Strunz And Farah

Friday, May 6, 2011 9:40
Posted in category Interviews, Upcoming Shows

By David Moye

There are few things that are certain in this world: Death, taxes and Strunz and Farah will be playing at Anthology sometime in May.

“It seems like we’re here once a year,” said Jorge Strunz, who has playing with partner Ardeshir Farah for 30 years.

“I think we were here last year on May 8,”
added Farah.

This year, they are playing May 7 and the night time Mother’s Day show on May 8.

Strunz and Farah

Strunz and Farah

It’s appropriate considering how significant their mothers were to their musical development.

“I was born in Costa Rica,” Strunz said. “However, my mother influenced my love of Spanish music. She had a whole collection.”

Farah, by comparison, was born in Iran, but while he grew up in different surroundings than his longtime partner, his mom was also an influence.

“She loved latin music, but I also learned about Persian music as well.”

Despite growing up in different parts of the world, Strunz and Farah say their musical connection — which began in 1980 — was immediate.

“I met Ardeshir through a mutual friend,” Strunz said. “And it was very fluid musically. Our technical approach was similar as were our musical interests.”

That includes a love of flamenco style guitar, but, they are quick to assert, that doesn’t mean their own music is flamenco — although it gets labeled as such on occasion.

“To say our style is flamenco is a misnomer,” Strunz said. “And it’s an injustice to the musicians in Spain. It’s very particular style that uses the fingernails instead of a plectrum [pick] and European rhythms.”

However, since the style was influenced by Arab music similar to the Persian music Farah heard growing up in Iran and has influenced latin music like Strunz heard in Costa Rica, they do see some similarities.

But only some.

“Really, we’re influenced by jazz, classical and folkloric styles,” Strunz said. “I listen to a lot of 20th century classical composers like Stravinsky and Prokiev.”

Meanwhile, Farah seeks out up-and-coming Persian musicians.

“I find them on YouTube,” he said.

This time around, Strunz and Farah will be performing songs from their newest album, “Journey Around The Sun,” and it will be a chance for fans who haven’t seen them in concert to see which guitarist plays which part.

Hint: It won’t be easy.

“The ball is in play back and forth,” Strunz said. “There’s a lot of improvisation. Sometimes, we’ll switch on who is playing the melody and than play certain harmonic or rhythmic features together.”

WHAT: Strunz And Farah
WHEN: Saturday, May 7th, 2011, 7:30 & 9:30pm
TICKETS: $10-$56 Buy Tickets
MORE INFO: Artist Profile

WHAT: Strunz And Farah
WHEN: Sunday, May 8th, 2011, 7:00pm
TICKETS: $16-$56 Buy Tickets
MORE INFO: Artist Profile