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Artist Profiles: Mohammad Reza Lotfi

Mohammad Reza Lotfi

Mohammad Reza Lotfi was born in 1947 in Gorgan, northern Iran. Encouraged by his elder brother, he learned to play the tar and showed his talent by winning the first prize in Iran’s Young Musicians Festival in 1964. The following year, he started his studies at the National Conservatory in Tehran under Habibollah Salehi and Master Ali Akbar Shahnazi. While at the conservatory, he also studied western classical music and the violin which led to his collaboration with various orchestras under the direction of Hossein Dehlavi. Some of his other eminent teachers were Abdollah Davami, from whom he learned the Radif, and Master Hormozi, who taught him the setar.

While attending the College of Fine Arts at Tehran University, Lotfi became the student of Master Nour-Ali Boroumand. He also worked at the Center for the Preservation and Propagation of Traditional Iranian Music, both as a soloist and a conductor. His other accomplishments were teaching at the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Adolescents, researching folk music for National Radio and Television, and appearing at the Shiraz Arts Festival.

After graduating in 1973, Lotfi joined the faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. He continued his collaboration with Radio and Television and co-founded the Shayda Ensemble. Between 1978 and 1980, Lotfi became the Head of the School of Music at Tehran University. He served as the director of the Center for the Preservation and Propagation of Traditional Iranian Music and the Chavosh Conservatory. In 1984 Lotfi was invited by Fondazione Cini to participate in a seminar and perform concerts in Italy where he resided for two years. He has been living in the United States since 1986 and has performed widely throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. A prolific musician, he has made numerous recordings both as a solo artist and with major Iranian musicians such as Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Hossein Alizadeh, and Parviz Meshkatian.

Lotfi is one of the greatest contemporary masters of the tar and setar. He is among the major figures who, in the past twenty years, have revolutionized the Persian traditional (classical) music. His innovative approach of combining the classical with folk elements, both in terms of music and technique, has injected a new vitality into a very old tradition. His original creativity and the deep-rooted emotional quality of his playing have made him the father of a new aesthetics in Persian music.

Mohammad Reza Lotfi died on May 2, 2014 in Tehran, Iran.

Partial discography:

The Abu-Ata Concert (Kereshmeh Records, 1996)
Mystery Of Love (Kereshmeh Records, 1996)

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Artist Profiles: Majid Derakhshani

Majid Derakhshani

Majid Derakhshani is considered one of the best tar players in Iran with the respectful title Ostad, meaning a master who can give the best performance on a classical instrument. His teacher on setar and tar was the legendary Mohamad Reza Lotfi. He has also recorded with the most famous Iranian singer Mohammadreza Shajarian.

Discography:

Music of the Persian Mystics (Arc Music, 2003)

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Tar Virtuosa Sahba Motallebi to Perform in Miami

Sahba Motallebi

Tar and sitar master Sahba Motallebi is set to perform Saturday, January 27th accompanied by Naghmeh Farahmand at North Beach Bandshell in Miami.

Sahba Motallebi is an award-winning Iranian musician. She began studying music as a young girl in Sari, northern Iran. Shortly after graduating from the Tehran Conservatory of Music, she co-founded a pioneering women’s music ensemble and later joined the Iranian National Orchestra, beginning her career as an international performer.

She left Iran in 2003 to pursue graduate studies, closed to her there because of her faith. Sahba is also recognized as an innovator in the teaching of Persian music, putting instructional materials on the internet and teaching students online.

8:00 p.m.
North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33141

Tickets: www.seetickets.us

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Artist Profiles: Keyvan Saket

Keyvan Saket

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.

Discography:

Shabi Ba Khorshid
Yadgare Khone Sarv
Jamedaran (2009)
Sabokbal
Sashti Avaz Learn
Afsaneh
Didare Shargh Va Gharb
Ghasedak
Shargh Andoh
Bi Karvane Koli
An Soye Abo Gel
Zendegi

Web site: http://www.keivansaket.com

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Artist Profiles: Fariborz Azizi

Fariborz Azizi

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.

website: fariborzazizi.com

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Sahba Motallebi and T.J. Troy at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Hills

Sahba Motallebi
Sahba Motallebi

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.

Music Vault Academy
25255 Cabot Rd #100, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Tickets are still available at www.musicvaultacademy.eventbrite.com or by calling 949-257-2744.

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Artist Profiles: Sahba Motallebi

Sahba Motallebi
Sahba Motallebi

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.

Discography:

Presentation of Young Artists (2003)
Dashti-Nava (2005)
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)

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Maestro Hossein Alizadeh with Pejman Hadadi to Perform Mystical Persian Music in New York

Hossein Alizadeh
Hossein Alizadeh

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.

Alizadeh’s discography includes Echoes of Light, Birds, If Like Birds and Angels, I Could fly…, Ney Nava Plus Avay-E Mehr Nowruz & Savaran-E Dasht, Torkaman, Monad, Endless Vision, Half Moon, and Art of Improvisation.

Pejman Hadadi has been a member of the admired Dastan Ensemble for 20 years, and collaborated with numerous master musicians of Persian and world music traditions.

Time: 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)
Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue
Downtown Brooklyn
917-267-0363

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