James Robert Belden known as Bob Belden attended the 30th Fajr International Music Festival with ‘Animation’ band members, and gave performances on the last day of the gala on Thursday, Persian media reported on Friday.
Trumpeter Pete Clagett, keyboardist Roberto Verastegui, drummer Matt Young, and bassist Jair-Rohm Parker Wells are other members of ‘Animation’ who accompanied Belden in the Tehran performances.
In his short speech before the concert, he expressed his happiness to have been visiting Iran, adding that he and his companions found love and happiness in the presence of the Iranian audience.
He assured the audience that he would praise and say good things about Iran when he returns home.
The musician also referred to their trips to the historical cities of Isfahan and Shiraz and added that they were delighted to see the cities and meet their good people.
In addition, Belden said that during their trips, they met several young Iranian musicians who were very talented.
He asserted that he liked Iran and its people very much and especially enjoyed Persian kebab.
He called music the common language among all nations and said that he has found many friends through music in different countries.
His speech was followed by performances of several pieces, some of which were from his Grammy nominee compositions.
Speaking of his interest in visiting Iran again, he said that he would download their performance in Tehran on internet sites to let other people watch and see where the concert was performed.
Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, secretary of the festival Ali Riyahi and musician Loris Tjeknavorian were special guests of their performance.
The 30th edition of Fajr International Music Festival ran from February 13 to 20 in different venues across the Iranian capital Tehran.