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Jan 30: Persian Music Night with Ali Akbar Moradfar

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Published on January 27th, 2013 | by Caesar (ENGAGE)


Event Details:

Hussain Qomsheh • Tar
Jaleh Khalili • Santur, Tonbak, Daf
Mehrab Mojarad • Vocals


30 January 2013 – 7 pm
al-Maidan Cultural Centre
Abdullah al-Salem School, Maidan Hawalli
(Between Sha’ab Leisure Park and Kuwait Hyatt Hotel)





Programme Details

Maqam Shoor
a. Moghadameh – Parviz Meshkatian, composer
b. Solo by Saturn – improvisation
c. Raze Del (Secret of the heart)


Aref Ghazvini, composer
d. Chahar mezrab Khazan (Autumn)
Praviz Meshkatian, composer
Maqam Homayoun & Isfahan


a. Moghadameh – Faramarz Payvar, composer
b. Santur Solo – Chahar mezrab


Faramarz Payvar, composer
c. Tar & Vocal
d. Yad bad – Praviz Meshkatian, composer
e. Santur Solo – Improvisation by Ali Akbar
f. Taghatam deh (Give me patience )


Homayoun Khoram, composer
g. Sari galin – Tar Solo


Folk music from northern Iran (Azerbaijan)
h. Seh Godar


Folk music from central Iran (Shiraz)
i. Bargeh Khazan – Autumn Leaves
j. Folk music from southern Iran (Shoushtar)




Ali Akbar Moradfar was born in 1976 in Ahwaz, Iran. At the age of eight he began his musical studies on the santur in The Organization of Preservation and Publication of Iranian Traditional Music. He has studied with Iran’s most eminent santur players; Meshkatian, Ardavan Kamkar and Reza Shafieian and continued his studies of Persian classical repertoire (the Radif) with a number of renowned masters such as Majid Kiani, a well-known interpreter of the Radif.
The traditional style of santur playing, however, did not satisfy his creative and searching soul. He still seeks to expand his technique and create a contemporary style for this national Iranian instrument, continuing his studies with the master Kamkar. Moradfar promises to bring Persian classical music to a wider international audience and to expend traditional Persian culture worldwide. To this end he has worked with several cultural and art institutions  and with radio broadcasts. The santur is a Persian hammered dulcimer fashioned in a trapezoid-shaped box shape, often made of walnut or other exotic woods. The Persian classical santur has 72 strings.



The name santur was first referenced in ancient Persian poetry. Similar forms of the santur have been present in neighbouring cultures like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Armenia, Turkey, Iraq and Greece. The eastern European version of the santur is called the cimballum, which is much larger and chromatic and is used as an accompanying instrument in gypsy music. The traditional method of santur playing usually assumes that the right hand is stronger than the left in terms of control and weight. Therefore, almost every phrase starts with the right hand, as do the accentuations within the phrases, which can be easily discerned by the trained listener.

The contemporary santur player, most develop the dexterity and strength of his left as well as his right hand, widening the santur’s technical range. The contemporary santur players must have extraordinary ability to play different melodies with each hand simultaneously.





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About the Author

Caesar is the Founder and CEO of Kuwait Music. A passionate musician and web nerd, Caesar spends most of his time thinking about how to build a healthy music business in the region Follow Caesar at the below links: Google+

2 Responses to Jan 30: Persian Music Night with Ali Akbar Moradfar

  1. abdul qadir says:

    great! This instrument is from the family of the instrument called Santoor.

    It will be amazing!

    Thanks Caesar.

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