Some information about Ahura and Mohammad Eghbal His vision is for music to act a universal language in order to communicate between people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. He sees sound and music as a path that may enable people to grasp the underlying essence of things, without imposing a cultural or religious doctrine. Mohammad's music and compositions are inspired by the poetry of eastern mystics, especially by Mevlana Djellaledin Rumi. The group Ahura has been founded By Mohammad Eghbal and is in existence for about 15 years. His message emphazises the connective elements between cultures, different religions and ethinc groups and tries to convey this by integrating traditional Iranian sound structures with new sound elements, like Saxofon, african Kora, bohemian Harp and middle eastern/Indian percussion. Mohammad Eghbal himself plays various oriental instruments and has had a good look at many of them in the course of his life. But the most important means of expression is his voice, with which he performs and improvises mystical texts, accompanied by the almond-shaped oriental oud and the Persian reed-flute Ney. Mohammad was born in Theharan as son of a publisher who published books about poetry, philosophy and mysticism. While he was still at school, one morning he met a dervish, playing on his NEY/reed-flute and singing verses of the persian mystic Rumi. This left a deep impression on him and the yearning for this attitude towards life always remained deep in his mind. Since then Mohammad has developped a quite high mastery of this demanding instrument found throughout the Arab, Turkish and Persian world. In all it's simplicity it is one of the most perfect of all wind instruments. Mohammad did many concerts as a solo artist, were part of many cross-over-projects (recently the Bombay-Festival invited by the great Indian Sarangi-player Ustad Sultan Khan) all over the world (USA, Europe, India) together with his wife and many other musicians with different cultural backgrounds. Mohammad Eghbal: Ney, Oud, Voice Christa Eghbal: bohemian harp, translations Georg Degenhardt: tonbak, Daff, vocal Harald Loquenz: Kora, Sentir Erwin Hoerl: Saxofon, Clarinet Spezial guest: Rashmi V. Bhatt: Tablas Activities Since 1989 Mohammad Eghbal did many concerts in Europe and USA together with his wife and with the ensemble Ahura and participated in various cultural cross-over projects for inter-religious understanding: Some of them: • Dance of the World/ Palais Lichtenstein (Vienna 1989), • Mozart Requiem (Salzburger Festspielhaus 1991), • Music of the Religions (Innsbruck 1996), • Poesie verticale (Lille -cultural capital of Europe 2004), • concert tour in USA (San Francisco, Portland, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Colorado...2004), • inter-religious Peace-gathering (Portugal, Schweiz 2004/2005/06/07), • Munich (Allerheiligen Hofkirche Oktober 2004) • Festival of Mumbai (with Ustad Sultan Khan and Felix M. Woschek 2005), Neysoloprogramm (ethnological museum Munich 2005), • 'stagioni del cielo...' (Milano/ Italy-castello Sfozesco 2005), • memorial cross-over concert for Ustad Vilayat Khan together with Ustad Sultan Khan and Felix M. Woschek (London-März 2006), • from heart to heart (Psychotherapy and Spirtuality (Wels/Austria 2007), • 13° Festival Internazionale di Poesia (Genova/Italy 11-23 june 2007), • Festival di musica acustica etnica (Comune di Trento/Italy, july 2007), • Festival di Amalfi/Italy (september 2007), • 800th anniversary of Rumi (Munich/Gasteig november 2007), • festival "Sacro Sono" in Terni (Italy December 07), • concerts also in Venice, Turin, Graz, Salzburg, Brussels, Nürnberg, Köln, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Baden-Baden, Portugal, .....,Mohammad Eghbal is working and collaborating with different musicians over-crossing cultures and religions to connect people beyond all differences of race and nation.