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>> May 28, 2012, New York - Love Evolve physical CDs are here. Love Evolve was released for digital download in March on all digital distribution channels such as iTunes & Amazon and soon physical copies will be available on Amazon and CDBaby.
>> March 31, 2012, New York - Love Evolve is now available on Amazon MP3
>> March 28, 2012, New York - Love Evolve is now available on iTunes.
>> March 10, 2012, New York - Love Evolve album is undergoing Mastering process. Love Evolve is being Mastered and it's getting a step closer to being released.
April 28. 2012, New York - Shahram Shiva's "Rumi: Lovedrunk"
CD, which is considered a classic, has been reissued in superior sound
quality, with enhanced audio and new mastering. Each note, each beat
and each word has been enhanced. This latest audio enhanced version
is titled "Rumi: Lovedrunk - Remastered." It's available at
all music download sites. Physical copies to be available soon. The
old version of this CD will be phased out.
>> February 12, 2012, New York - Call for Publicity Support for "Love Evolve." A project like "Love Evolve," with amazing music and inspiring lyrics that meant to educate and motivate progressive people all over the world, needs a special PR touch to help spread the word. >> read more
>> February 10, 2012, New York - Love Evolve music reel has also been released as MP3 due to popular request. You can listen or download the MP3 here.
>> January 31, 2012, New York - Love Evolve CD music reel is now also available on Vimeo. Think of this as a trailer for a movie, except it's for a music album. http://vimeo.com/35969936
January 29, 2012, New York -
A new video intro and musical tour of the Love Evolve album has been
released on YouTube. The video link below is to a compilation of excerpts
of all the songs on the CD in the right sequence, so in essence you
get a feel of the whole album in just a few minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUAEsgDAfxQ
Love Evolve is Executive Produced by Shahram Shiva. Produced and arranged by the Grammy-winning artist Danny Blume and Co-Produced by Shahram Shiva.
>Irans New Murmur for Freedom A Look Back & Personal Journey
The recent outpouring for justice and basic human rights from the streets of Iran, my country of birth, takes me back 30 years ago to the first revolution. The bloody, wild, loud and destructive revolution and regime change that I witnessed first hand and remember very vividly through the eyes of an active 16-year-old teenager.
I remember the cries of god is great from the rooftops at night, these are the same cries that Iranians are shouting again, although in quieter voices. I remember going to the roof of our building in North of Tehran with my neighbor and best buddy Ali Reza to watch Tehran burn during the height of the protests. I also remember being trapped in my high school, which was very close to Tehran University, with massive military presence outside using tanks, personnel carriers and armed soldiers.
That day we were given a warning to vacate the high school, or they would open fire. No one trusted the voices coming through bullhorns as they hid under the tables and in closets in various rooms in the building, however I and a handful of others nervously but slowly walked out and left that area. I learned the next day that moments after we left they attacked our high school with tear gas, arrested all and seized the building.
My simple gesture of abandoning the holdout on that day, leaving behind the most politically active high school in Tehran was more than an attempt at self-preservation; it was a subconscious mental confirmation of my total disbelieve in that so called revolution. I never wanted to be a part of it, actually never asked to be such an active witness either. Even at such young age I knew then that the degenerate mullahs (clerics) where a dark and hypocritical force and supporting them would be a vote for a life of misery. Luckily I left Iran soon after.
My most vivid memory from that time, wasnt abandoning my high school on that day and never returning, or seeing Tehran on fire, but it was asking a classmate who I thought had more sense why he had joined the protests and he laughed and said, because its so much fun. Yes, the first revolution was brought up by bored class clowns and those who were brainwashed and turned slaves by the religious fanatics.
Those unaware masses who placed the extremely rich 7000-year heritage of our great land into the hands of the barbaric and hypocritical religious nutcases, promptly, as if through a time portal, regressed our country back a good 1000 years.
However, all that darkness and regression befell Iran though a massive and popular uprising.
Now 30 years later, I know better not to get my hopes up. I have a feeling that the Iranians will fail me once again.
I remember very clearly back in 1978 and 1979 the type of energy, the magnitude of force and the outcry for change that rocked Tehran but today in comparison I see only a marginal display.
What I see is not a shout for freedom but a whimper. I dont see hundreds of thousands facing the armed guards and overpowering them, I see small batches of enlightened heroes and freedom fighters quickly overcome by basic crowd control tactics.
I dont see protestors 30,000 strong taking over TV stations, government offices and official residences, I see a small band of warriors fighting the big fight with too few braves to win it.
Id hope after exactly 30 years our younger generation would have had it with these agents of suppression and hate. Id hope they would have been so angry to the point that they would be willing to sacrifice themselves en mass for the greater good. But no such luck. Alas, the new generation is too politically correct and self involved to bring about an actual revolution.
To yank these mullahs from power will take a massive force. That great punch that knocked out the old regime needs to be duplicated now. The timing is right, the world is totally and wholly supportive of the new march for freedom in Iran. People all over the globe are rooting for those in Iran who are enlightened and courageous enough to want to change their lives for the better. The time is now.
who is born into Love,
Iran Transform the World
I salute the very courageous Persian men and women who are facing the attack dogs of this brutal regime. I hope to see their numbers multiply every day. A momentum has been created, a crack is formed, now increase the pressure and topple the old bastards and not only transform Iran but shape the whole world. I am rooting for you.
> New Rumi translations by Shahram Shiva have been added to site. Please click on "Rumi Poems" link on the left to view.
> It's been 20 years since Shahram Shiva began working, translating and sharing Rumi. Shiva began his deep and very personal connection with Rumi in 1988. Listen to a new 52-min interview with Shahram Shiva, broadcast on WRPI-FM and webcast on WRPI. org on August 7, 2008. In this interview by Gary Goldberg, Shiva talks about twenty years of living with Rumi and what it has meant for him. Goldberg also plays a few cuts from Shiva's CD, Rumi: Lovedrunk. Shiva also talks about shattering inaccurate cliché notions on spirituality and personal growth. Please click here to listen.
BBC World Service program on Rumi, includes interview with Shahram
Shahram Shiva's interview on BBC Turkeys report on Rumi:
Read an in-depth review of "Rumi: Lovedrunk" on MetaphorsForLife.com.
Here's an excerpt:
tracks Shiva marries spoken Persian with English and the two languages
entwine like, well, like lovers. It is an erotic interplay of cultures
and concepts much as the music itself, which is a blend of Middle-Eastern
tonalities and phrasings over western beats. The combination is a seduction
of the intellect and the senses, rendered by a Lover, embraced by the
Beloved. In Rumis own words, the two are one in such a way that
there is no telling which originated where. The CD is so well-paced
and crafted that its challenging to pick out one track as a favorite...
Listen to a radio interview on NPR with Shahram Shiva from February
27, 2007. Please
click here to listen to a 20 min. interview with Shahram Shiva,
on New York's NPR station, WNYC-FM and WNYC.org. Legendary host John
Schaefer talks with Shiva about the International Year of Rumi, popularity
of Rumi in the West and also hear clips from Shiva's CD, RUMI: Lovedrunk.
Shahram Shiva to star in an indipendent movie 8 Stones.
8 Stones is directed by Rati Oneli. The story revolves around
24hrs in the life of its main character and the different personalities
that he comes across. Shiva plays one of those personalities, a poet,
limo driver who quotes Rumi and together they go for a dreamy/mythical
ride which at the end may or may not have happened. It's a 10-min scene
in this feature lenghth movie that he helped develop and write.
> Rumi: Lovedrunk available to order. We are very happy to inform you that Rumi: Lovedrunk is now available to order from CDBaby.com. Please click here to listen and to place your order: cdbaby.com/cd/lovedrunk, or click on Order CD link on the left.
> Rumi: Lovedrunk available to download on iTunes.com. We are happy to inform you that Rumi: Lovedrunk is now available to download from iTunes.com. Please click here: RUMI: Lovedrunk on iTunes, or click on iTunes.com on the left.
> Rumi: Lovedrunk on WRPI. Listen to In The Spirit program on WRPI Radio, hosted by Gary Goldberg on September 8, 2005 at 3:00 PM New York Time. In The Spirit will be interviewing Shahram Shiva and airing cuts from his new Rumi: Lovedrunk CD. You can also listen to the broadcast in real time on WRPI.org.
Rumi on HBO. A poem of Rumi is read at a funeral scene in the
HBO series 6 Feet Under. To watch look for 5th Season,
Episode 61, All Alone. The following is the copy of the poem:
> Rumi: Lovedrunk on NPR. Listen to the Newsounds program on NPR, hosted by John Schaefer on June 9, 2005 at 11:00PM New York time (or Eastern US). Newsounds will be airing cuts from the Rumi: Lovedrunk CD. You can also listen to the broadcast in real time on WNYC.ORG.
> Rumi: Lovedrunk was considered as music for an upcoming movie GAME 6. This movie stars Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr. and Catherine O'Hara, is based on a script by Don Delillo and is directed by Michael Hoffman.
> Whirling in a movie? This is a historical moment for cinema. For the very first time a Western actor will be whirling on the screen. Robert Downey Jr. (coached by Shahram Shiva) will be whirling in the movie "Game 6" to be released in 2006. This movie which also stars Michael Keaton and Catherine O'Hara, is produced by Amy Robinson, directed by Mike Hoffman with a script written by Don Delillo.
> As of August 2004, about 1000 copies of the pre-release version of Rumi: Lovedrunk have been sold or distributed. Every week we receive several e-mails requesting information about the commercial release of this groundbreaking CD.
> Persian Mirror recently interviewed Shahram Shiva about his work with Rumi. Click here to read the interview.
> Read an article on Rumi dated April 4, 2002, in The San Fracisco Chronicle, which includes an interview with Shiva.
Read an article on Rumi in The
Dallas Morning News, which includes an interview with Shiva.
More to come...
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