Persian Fusion Electronica (SOM'MA)

Som'ma is daringly sensual, The sweet nectar of Som'ma's fusion is seved liberally as they will lather you in honey and then drop haunting Tombak rhythms right onto your pelvic chakrah, it's up to you then whether or not to fall under their spell and become an offering to the gods. -Good Times (Santa Cruz Newspaper)

World Fusion Electronica, is a modern style and genre of music which fuses world music with electronica music, creating a synethisis of ancient and modern, east and west.

Shirzad is one of the early pioneers of Middle Eastern electronica, his works with the Som'ma Ensemble and Som'ma Dub Ensemble (Dubistan) in the year 2001 and beyond has gained him worldwide attention and international acclaim.

Hailing from San Francisco, for many years Som'ma created some of the most creative, authentic, innovative, progressive classically based Persian music ever heard till this day & has been breaking genres, musical boundaries & geographical borders worldwide.

They toured some of the most sought after venues during the early 2000s hippie revival movement worldwide and bridged western and eastern cultures, ancient and the anew in a psychedelic manner never performed before. Som’ma performances were usually multi-sensory performances, with master visual artists, dancers and musicians all collaborating in unforgettable performances throughout the world.

Highlights include performing primetime for 2 nights on the mainstage in front of 50,000 people at the Iranian Mehregan (Harvest) festival in Orange County as well as numerous other festivals including Earthdance (Ashland, OR), with memorable performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, New York City & Washington, D.C.

One memorable event was when during the performance in front of 50,000 people Shirzad lamblasted the United States Army and objected to a United States Military Display and the use of United States Military Equipment and Tanks in a Persian Cultural Event on the microphone which resulted in the crowds booing and jeering the United States Army.

The Middle East and kids through-out the region have suffered many casualties and wars including the Iran-Iraq war and also at that time the United States & its Military Industrial Complex was heavily engaged in numerous Middle Eastern conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq on lies and false pretenses (Non-existent Weapons of Mass Destructions).

Bringing Military Tanks & Military Equipment for Children to play with at a Cultural Event instead of Promoting Peace and Understanding Amongst Nations & Humanity specially during Wartime is not only seriously most distasteful but is simply just wrong.

Many Middle Eastern Kids have been Casualties of War and Killed during Middle Eastern Wars.

It appears even within the United States these poor Middle Eastern immigrant kids are still subjected to the presence of the United States Military which is simply shameful.

The above picture was taken at that event and is was what is being referenced what was being refered to.

Som'ma, 2003, Los Angeles, CA

Som'ma 2005, Sausalito, CA

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