Scheherzade Quartet’s latest album “The Other Side” was unveiled at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural on May 10, 2019 with a number of esteemed guests in attendance, including renowned composer Hossein Alizadeh.
Center on This album is in praise of “femineity”, a pure, abstract, and essential quality on the other side of “masculinity”. Femineity, an attribute not uncanny to all of us, whether man or woman, it is an inner part of all human being.
“The Other Side” from musical point of view, is a pendulum between the Orient and the Occident, the West and East. It is a pendulum moving between the idiomatic string quartet, to the overtones and qualities associated with electronic music. Gypsy tunes, Middle Eastern lqa’at and cyclic meters, quarter tones, vocal articulations and ornamentations, and more influences which all make the work a challenge for string quartet and the performers. It includes the extreme fast and slow tempi and multi layer textures, all done well by the Iranian based young but professional female performers of Scheherzade Quartet.