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Amir Amiri

Amir was born in Tehran, Iran, where he studied the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer. He specialized in the Radiff system of Persian classical music and graduated from the University of Tehran with an honors degree in composition. His principle teachers included Meheran Ghalaee, Majeed Kyanee, and Parviz Meshkatiyan. He also studied Indian classical music (Ragas) with teachers Ravi Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Since arriving in Canada, he has welcomed the opportunity to work with western classical musicians Bob Becker, Edgar Meyer and David Takeno, and has also collaborated with Hugh Fraser, Darcy Phillip Gray, Mike Murly, John Stetch and Bill Cahn. Amir has worked as a percussionist/ composer for the theatre production of The Odyssey (Banff Centre Theatre Arts Program and Manitoba Theatre for Young People). He has played and composed for Manitoba Theatre Centre, Vertigo Theatre, VIA Dance Ensemble, Lu Lu Dance Productions, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Alberta Ballet, McDonald Wilson Dance Academy and University of Calgary Dance Program. Amir has been commissioned by CBC radio and has composed works for santur and orchestra in collaboration with Andrea Young. He was awarded the 2003 CBC Artist of the Year from the Galaxie Rising Stars Program and The Betty Mitchell Best Composition and Sound Design award.

MOODY AMIRI



There are no borders between east and west in the eclectic music of Moody Amiri, a duo comprised of Amir Amiri (santur) and Richard Moody (viola). Inspired by the diversity and fluidity between their respective Persian and western classical and jazz training, Amiri and Moody have created an engaging and distinctive sound fusing elements of traditional Persian music with jazz, classical, Indian, and modern spiritual styles. Amiri (Canada-Iran) and Moody (Canada) met in 2011, and in their collaboration seek to expand the boundaries of their respective musical backgrounds. Balancing tradition and innovation and finding that possibilities are limitless, Moody Amiri has already gained recognition for its groundbreaking contributions to the international music scene. MoodyAmiri released their debut recording "Safar" in March 2014 and has been nominated for world music album of the year by WCMA. www.moodyamiri.com

ENSEMBLE KAMAAN

Sobhgah from Olivier Marin on Vimeo.


In the eclectic musical universe of Ensemble Kamaan, borders are abolished to make way for a bewitching alchemy through the mystical conversation between Amir Amiri’s santur, Showan Tavakol’s kamancheh and Pasha Karami’s tombak. Drawing on the cultural diversity and fluidity of their Iranian homeland, these three virtuosos create a unique fusion that combines the refinement of traditional and classical Persian music with regional rigour and folkloric flights.

Ensemble Kamaan ventures into innovative territory and epic journeys free of boundaries with imaginative pieces that expand the borders of these musical traditions. The breath-like yearnings of the kamancheh, the tombak’s heartfelt rhythmical flow, and the sweet fervour of the santur invoke ancient and nostalgic tales, balanced by familiar and overarching universal connections.In the eclectic musical universe of Ensemble Kamaan, borders are abolished to make way for a bewitching alchemy through the mystical conversation between Amir Amiri’s santur, Showan Tavakol’s kamancheh and Pasha Karami’s tombak. Drawing on the cultural diversity and fluidity of their Iranian homeland, these three virtuosos create a unique fusion that combines the refinement of traditional and classical Persian music with regional rigour and folkloric flights.

Ensemble Kamaan ventures into innovative territory and epic journeys free of boundaries with imaginative pieces that expand the borders of these musical traditions. The breath-like yearnings of the kamancheh, the tombak’s heartfelt rhythmical flow, and the sweet fervour of the santur invoke ancient and nostalgic tales, balanced by familiar and overarching universal connections.


NEW PROJECT : PERSÉIDES
Perséides is an ensemble consisting of Jean Felix and Amir who met in Montreal late winter 2016, the meeting was an instant spark Drawing on the cultural diversity and fluidity of their musical background ,Jean Felix and Amir virtuosic command of their instruments create a unique fusion that combines the refinement of traditional and classical Persian music with Jazz and classical western music. Ensemble ventures into innovative territory and epic journeys free of boundaries with imaginative pieces that expand the borders of these musical traditions. The breath-like yearnings of the bass with heartfelt rhythmical flow, and the sweet fervour of the santur invoke ancient and nostalgic tales, balanced by familiar and overarching universal connections.


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