Cultural Diplomacy: Jazzing it up in Iran

Cultural Diplomacy: Jazzing it up in Iran

The saxophonist at Vadhat Concert Hall in Tehran, Iran, took center stage in his vivid blue and white flowered shirt. A jazz musician and composer from New York, Bob Belden, along with his band, Animation, were the first Americans to perform in Iran since the 1979 revolution. 1,200 Iranian jazz fans celebrated the moment along with the Americans by shooting cell-phone photos of each other and cheering. Read More


A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

The Armenian women’s a cappella group, Ensemble Luis, are known to give performances at the Temple of Garni, the nearby Geghard Monastery and the Khor Virap Monastery with a view of Mount Ararat. All three sites are ideal backdrops for their heavenly voices. Read More