Artist Profiles: Dariush Talai

Dariush Talai

Tar and setar virtuoso Dariush Talai is recognized today as one of the finest performers of traditional Persian music. He was born in 1952 and his tar studies at the age of 10 with Maestro Ali-Akbar Shahnazi. Talai continued his studies with other teachers such as Abdollah Davami.

Talai is not just a leading exponent but also a philosopher and aesthetician of Persian music. He has invented a system of notation, codifying the concept of the radif, and also added a complete analysis of its syntax and modal structure


Iran Vol.1: Anthologie De La Musique Traditionnelle (Ocora, 1979)
Tradition Classique De L’Iran : Le Tar (Harmonia Mundi, 1980)
Le Son Direct Du Concert Iran Du 11 Mai 1982 Sur France Musique ‎(Ocora, 1988)
Musique Iranienne ‎(Harmonia Mundi, 1989)
Iran Les Maitres De La Musique Traditionnelle Volume 1 (Ocora, 1991)
Iran Les Maitres De La Musique Traditionnelle Vol. 3 ‎(Ocora, 1992)
Radif 1 (Al Sur, 1994)
Radif 2 – The Integral Repertory of Persian Art Music (Al Sur, 1994)
Radif 3 (Al Sur, 1994)
Radif 4 (Al Sur, 1994)
Radif 5 (Al Sur, 1994)
Farah – Musique Pour Schéhérazade ‎(Amori, 1995)
Setar Solo – Shur, Bayat-e Esfahan, Segah ‎(Mahoor Institute Of Culture And Art, 1998)
Daryoush Tala’i Madjid Khaladj En Concert ‎(Al Sur, 2000)
Saye Rowshan – Solo Tar ‎(Mahoor Institute Of Culture And Art, 2003)
Chahargah ‎(Mahoor Institute Of Culture And Art, 2003)
Calligraphies Vocales • L’Art Du Chant Classique Persan (Accords Croisés, 2004)
Delgosha – Tar & Setar Improvising ‎(Barbad Music, 2010)
War & Peace – Avaz-e Bayat-e Esfahan, Dastgah-e Segah ‎(Mahoor Institute Of Culture And Art, 2012)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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