Tbilisi Open Air Plus One

After well over a decade photographing the rock scene in Armenia, it was great to finally get the chance to attend a festival in Georgia, and not least because it's usually there where bands from the entire region get to perform. Unfortunately, there were none from Azerbaijan this time, but there were bands from Armenia, Turkey, and Iran in addition to those from the local scene.

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Masoumeh Jamalinia, Iranian Setar Player

A chance posting on an email discussion list led me to Masoumeh Jamalinia, a young Iranian journalist working for BBC Monitoring in Tbilisi. Putting her in touch with The Sayat Nova Project, who were recording the minority and majority traditional music of the region, we all met up at a Persian Tea House in the Old Town of the Georgian capital for an impromptu recording and photo session.

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