Winner of the WOMEX 15 Professional Excellence Award,
Ramin Sadighi (Iran)
Interviewed by Laudan Nooshin (UK)
Meet the winner of the WOMEX 15 Professional Excellence Award, Ramin Sadighi, the day before the WOMEX 15 Award Ceremony. He is interviewed in this Conference Session by Laudan Nooshin, who will also offer the laudation at the award presentation.
"Within the world music scene, Iranian music is not unknown by any stretch. From the dastgāh music system of the classical realm, to the many folk styles and music from the country’s minorities, to international collaborations; and even, in the last few years, to hip-hop, metal and electronica from the country: all have made their impact in the West. However, the international knowledge of Iran’s own music industry has in the past been minimal due to lack of exposure and contact. This is changing.
When WOMEX felt that the independent musical and cultural communities of Tehran, and Iran as a whole, deserved formal recognition, it was obvious who the most fitting representative and ambassador should be. In recognition of the growing and empowering nature of the international music business in Iran, the WOMEX 15 Professional Award is presented to Ramin Sadighi, founder of Hermes Records."
Photo credit: Ramin Sadighi, by Aria Abolhassani