Classical Persian music is an ancient art form. Its roots can be traced back to the flourishing cultural germination that took place under the Parthian (349 B.C.-226 A.D.) and Sassanid (226-651 A.D.) dynasties. This music is organized into seven scales and modes, called Dastgaahs with five smaller sub-sets to these scales, called Aavaaz. Each of these scales require specific emotional considerations exemplified by special melodic patterns called Gushes (pronounced goo-sheh).
Spontaneous emotive improvisation is at the heart of this art form but must adhere to the paths governed by the Gushes. At first this may sound constricting for the musician yet there are approximately 250 different Gushes distributed among the seven Dastgaahs, creating a myriad of possibilities. Presently, the integrity and character of this precious and antiquitous music must be preserved by those who have lived and breathed its essence for a great number of years; a time requirement that encompasses most of their lives. Kamil Alipour is such a musician.
He began studying the Taar at the Tehran Academy of Music, under the guidance of Ustaad (master) Ali-Akbar Shahnaazi. Later he attended Tehran University, where he expanded his knowledge of Persian classical music theory, while studying Setaar, Daff, and traditional singing techniques. He plays all the instruments found on this album, with the exception of the Zarb. He also has composed and arranged all of the music in this recording.
Kamil Alipour shows adept versatility on, both, Taar and Setaar, creating beautiful solo improvisations, some of which took as much time to record as it takes you to listen. His music is technical as well as logical and emotional as well as spiritual. In short "a mere pleasure". . Read more on Last.fm.
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