Keyvan Saket is an Iranian composer and tar and setar instrumentalist. Keyvan is a master of traditional Persian music who, after recording and touring extensively throughout Iran and abroad with traditional ensembles, began experimenting with creative arrangements of well-known Western classical music using the tar and setar.
Saket was born in 1960 in Mashad, Iran. He learned tar from his uncle, Manoucher Zamanian. In 1989, Saket joined the Aref Ensemble under the leadership of Parviz Meshkatian.
In addition to his work with Aref Ensemble, Keyvan Saket created the Vaziri Orchestra.
Shabi Ba Khorshid
Yadgare Khone Sarv
Sashti Avaz Learn
Didare Shargh Va Gharb
Bi Karvane Koli
An Soye Abo Gel
Hossein Alizadeh, born in Tehran (Iran) in 1951, studied with various masters of traditional Persian music including Ali Akbar Khan Shahnazi, Nur Ali Borumand, Abdollah Davami, Mahmood Karimi, and Houshang Zarif.
He further expanded his formal education by studying composition and musicology at the University of Berlin. Alizadeh was awarded a position with the National Orchestra of Iran and later became the conductor and soloist of the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra.
He founded the Aref Ensemble and performed with the Shayda Ensemble, both dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Iranian classical music, and participated in the orchestra of the Bejart Ballet Company in a performance of Gulistan by Maurice Bejart.
In 2000, the Ministry of Culture in Iran declared him to be the best contemporary artist. He has composed many works of contemporary and neo-classical Iranian music and published a number of etudes for tar and setar.
Notable works include Hessar, Ney Nava and Song of Compassion, as well as film scores for Gabbeh, A Time for Drunken Horses and Turtles Can Fly. In addition, he recorded the entire body of the radif based on the interpretation of Mirza Abdollah.
He has performed extensively throughout the United States of America, Europe and Asia and taught at the University of Tehran, Tehran Music Conservatory and the California Institute of the Arts.
His album Endless Vision received a Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album of 2006.
in 2016 he toured with percussionist Pejman Hadadi.
* Nava (Mahoor Institute, 1976)
* Paykubi (Mahoor Institute, )
* Chahargah & Bayat-e Tork (Mahoor Institute, )
* Savaran-e Dasht-e Omid (Riders of the Plain of Hope)(1977)
Fariborz Azizi was born in Tehran (Iran) in 1961. He has performed on tar and setar for more than 30 years. Before devoting himself to classical Persian music, he obtained a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tehran University.
He first became attracted to music during his teenage years listening to the radio show Golchin Hafteh. He was heavily influenced by Chavosh musical masters including Hossein Alizadeh, who has been his master for more than 10 years.
Since 2006, he lives in Los Angeles where he teaches tar and setar classes, holds lectures, performs concerts and composes traditional and contemporary Persian music.
Iranian tar and setar maestra Sahba Motallebi and percusionist T.J. Troy are set to perform on Saturday, October 15 at The Music Vault Academy in Laguna Hills, south of Los Angeles.
Sahba Motallebi is one of the leading performers of the tar and setar, lute-style stringed instruments that are fundamental in Persian classical music. For the past years, Sahba has lived near Los Angeles.
T.J. Troy plays percussion from various parts of the world. He is one of the most multidimensional and sought after percussionist in Los Angeles. He is principal percussionist for MESTO, an internationally recognized orchestra specializing in Middle Eastern Classical Music.
Sahba Motallebi is recognized internationally as a modern expert of the Iranian tar and setar, lute-type stringed instruments that are essential to one of the world’s great musical traditions. Sahba started studying music as a young girl in Sari, a small coastal city in the north of Iran.
In 1993, at the age of 14, she initiated her studies at the Tehran Conservatory of Music, where she was recognized as Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival for four consecutive years.
After graduating in 1997, Sahba Motallebi helped found the pioneering women’s music ensemble Chakaveh. In 1999, Motallebi was invited to join the Iranian National Orchestra.
In 2003, Motallebi left Iran to pursue graduate studies in music in Russia, Turkey, and the United States and has lived near Los Angeles for the past years. She continues to perform worldwide, and has released several CDs and published two books on Iranian classical music.
Sahba Motallebi is also much-admired as an innovator in music education, with her online instructional materials and courses reaching students throughout the world.
Presentation of Young Artists (2003)
Solace of the eyes (2006),
Ever lasting songs of Iran Vol. I & II (2001)
Ancient Heritage anew (2011)
Dream and Illusion (2012)
A Tear at the Crossroad of Time (2014)
Hossein Alizadeh, a master of the tar and setar lutes, and Pejman Hadadi one of the most innovative Iranian percussionists are set to perform on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at Roulette in New York.
Alizadeh, deemed one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, has had a successful solo career, performing both in Iran and throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He was the conductor and soloist in the Iranian National Orchestra of Radio and Television, established the acclaimed Aref Ensemble, and worked with the Shayda Ensemble.