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Hossein Farjami: The Art of the Santoor from Iran: The Road to Esfahan

Track List

>Dastgah Shur
>Nagmeh Bayat-E-Tork
>Nagmeh Esfahan
>Dastgah Homayun

Album Notes

Personnel: Hossein farjami (santoor, daf); Gilbert (tonbak); Abdollah Khorvash (Keyboards).

Includes liner notes by Shusha Guppy, Hossein Farjami, and Diz Heller.

Audio Mixer: Linus Burdick.

Recording information: Blue Moon Studios, London, England.

The santoor is an instrument that was created in the Middle East, probably somewhere around the 11th century. It spread all around Asia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe, from the guqin in China to the cymbalum in Eastern European countries. Now living in London, Hossein Farjami is one of the best-known Iranian santoor players today. Besides being an accomplished musician (also playing the oud and various percussion instruments), he enhanced the design of the santoor by extending its range; it can be played in several keys, minimizing the needs to retune it. Accompanied by the tonbak (a typical Iranian drum) on this CD, Farjami offers listeners several medleys of Iranian folk songs as well as traditional classical pieces. ~ Bruno Deschênes



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