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About Araz Salek:

Born in Tehran, Araz Salek started playing the tar (Persian lute) at the age of eight under the instruction of the maestro Tofigh Iranparvar. He further studied Iranian classical repertoire, vocal and instrumental radifs under the supervision of the acknowledged master tar players Hooshang Zarif, Arshad Tahmasebi and Hossein Omoumi. In Toronto, Salek has furthered his experimental tendencies with the Shiraz Ensemble, and with a number of cross-cultural collaborations with improvising musicians from all walks of life. He released his debut solo CD Birth in 2008 to great critical acclaim. Araz has shared the stage with great musicians such as Ross Daly, Pedram Khavarzamini, and Imamyar Hasanof. He is an instructor of the Persian Music and the Tar at the Labyrinth Musical Workshops, and performs in various festivals around the world.


Songs from an Ancient Garden


Shiraz Ensemble, with the phenomenal, French-based percussionist Pedram Khavarzamini, performs instrumental music based on the "Radif" – the major treasury of Persian classical music, composed hundreds of years ago. Inspired in particular by performing traditions from the era of the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925), their concert includes both composed tunes and improvised music.

Pedram Khavarzamini: tombak (goblet drum)
Shahin Fayaz: bam tar
Kousha Nakhaei: kamanche (spiked fiddle)
Araz Salek: tar (Persian long-necked lute)

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