With a past from Khommeini´s Iran, the Norwegian Academy of Music, and the hiphop scene Reza and the cream of Norwegian opera soloists performs Grieg´s songs in their own way.
Recorded at Lommedalen Church, the Norwegian Opera and in Grieg’s own home at Troldhaugen with Jørgen Træen in the producer’s chair: 13 songs by Grieg like you’ve never heard it before.
Reza Aghmir has collected the best of Norwegian male opera soloists to make up Reza e iRagazzi – Reza and the guys. The guys different and unique qualities, personality and character is boosted. It is a beautiful contradiction to form choir of soloists, at least when we´re dealing with opera soloists. But then, Reza e iRagazzi is not really a choir either, rather an opera band with our best male vocal artists gathered, with the right to shine as soloists, says Erik Gard Amundsen, director of the Simax Classics, the label that released the album.
– “It’s cool that I, a Paki in a national costume, boosts the national feeling with an overdose of Grieg this Constitutional year,” says Reza in his customary crooked manner. Reza and the guys love Grieg! And they want to share it with all the people – even those who usually doesn’t like classical music. Just as they have done at Underwater pub in Oslo for 20 years; take the music directly from their own hearts and to the public.
Reza e iRagazzi
A choir of soloists. Reza Aghmir has had an adventurous journey in life. Grew up in beautiful, culturally rich Iran. Fled with parents from Khommeini´s regime in 1986. Came to Norway at age 15. A rebel within the classical music scene, accepted into the academy – only to be kicked out again. He gathers the best singers in this opera band, Carsten Stabell, Yngve Søberg, Marius Roth Christensen, Henrik Engelsviken, Hallvard Djupvik, Thor Inge Falch, Espen Langvik, Ole Jørgen Kristiansen, Rolf Magne Asser, Håvard Stenvold, Fredrik Otterstad, Kjetil Støa, Jens- Erik Aasbø.