Six Songs from Qajar Period

Vocals: Khosro Ansari
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Setar: Amir Hosein Pourjavady

Kamanche: Saeed Kamjou
Tombak: Mehrdad Arabifard
Vocals: Khosro Ansari

 In classical Persian music the metric song is referred to as the tasnif.
Amir Hosein Pourjavady studied setar playing and the radif (classical repertoire) of Persian music with Dr. Darvish Safvat for ten years. Later he improved his knowledge and technique of setar playing with Hossein Alizadeh and Darvish Talai. He received his BA in music from the University of Tehran (1995), his MA in Ethnomusicology from the CUNY Graduate School (1999) and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA (2005). Pourjavady has published numerous articles on the history and theory of Persian music in the Safavid and Qajar Periods. Currently he is an Assistant professor of Music at the University of Tehran.
Saeed Kamjoo started playing the Kamanche at the age of seventeen under the guidance and supervision of Ardeshir Kamkar, Ali Akbar Shekarchi and finally Ostad Ali-Asghar Bahari. He received his BA in 1996 from the University of Tehran where he completed his studies with Dr. M.T. Massoudieh and Majid Kiani.

In recent years, he has participated in more than 30 recordings as a performer, composer and arranger and also performed in more than 300 concerts all over Asia, Europe and North America. In 1996 the Borneo University of Art awarded him with a medal of honor. He also recorded sound tracks for Helen of Troy, Hidalgo and the passion of the Christ. In addition to tombak and daf, Arabifard is proficient on the kamanche and Violin.

Published [01/09/2005]



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