Qajar Tasnifs

Performed by: Abdollah Davami
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Performed by: Abdollah Davami

Tar: Darvish khan
Kamanche: Baqer khan Rameshgar

(2 CDs)

 Over the last century, Abdollah Davami was undoubtedly the most prominent figure in the realm of Persian vocal music. His prominence was partly due to the fact that he played a seminal role in the preservation of the nineteenth-century tasnifs (metric songs) and their subsequent dissemination among the next generation of musicians. Furthermore, he was responsible for putting together a vocal radif (a collection of gushes arranged in seven dastgahs). This radif is considered to be the first attempt in organizing the vocal repertoire of Persian music and therefore is held today with great veneration among Persian musicians. It was transcribed first by Abolhasan Saba and Faramarz Payvar in 1940s and 1950s and finally recorded in 1970s.
The present set of two CDs includes the reproduction of two collections of tasnifs that were recorded by Davami in two stages of his life. The first CD comprises the tasnifs that Davami recorded in (the capital of Georgia) in 1914 accompanied by two master musicians, Darvish Khan (tar player) and Baqer Khan Rameshgar (kamanche player). The second CD encompasses a collection of seventeen tasnifs that Davami recorded for one of his students, Karim Salehazimi in 1977. ...


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