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ARMAN RASHIDI

Arman, born on 17 december 1986 in Tehran, studied in Tehran. He grew up in a middle-class family and at the age of 8, he first became acquainted with the santur, which was played in the family by his father.

 

His family was musical and very tasteful. His mother also had a very beautiful voice and performed the folk songs beautifully.

 

He first started playing the santur with Mr. sahlrood in Tehran and at the teen ages he performed santur with his brother Keyvan Rashidi who is also a musician, tonbak player and percussion instrument at school ceremonies.

 

Those performances gradually took a better shape and this two brother expanding their artistic activities at the music group which formed by Mr. haddadi.

 

During these years Arman learned to play percussion instruments from his brother and played percussion instruments at the same time, but he never unaware of the santur and in the short time with Mahyar Tarihi who was his friend, he continued playing the santur for improving the quality of his musical performance.

During his university, he also arranged performances and concerts, and professionally pursued music, that during this six month he took courses with the professor siamak .

After graduating in business administration, he moved to Turkey and began a new chapter in his career.

In the first years, he started performing street music alone, and it didn't take too long to band a group and continue street music with the band.

In 2014, he made his television debut on the KTV channel in Istanbul with the band Shitband, and gradually introduced himself to the Turkish market.

During these years he continued to work with both his band and other groups, and street performances became official concerts.

From 2015 to 2020, he had successful concerts in several important provinces of Turkey, including Konya, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Denizli and several other cities.

 

He never stopped researching and study , he also wrote the first teaching method of Santour in Istanbul Turkish, and he trained many students.

He also has many students in the field of percussion instruments.

He continues on his path, poisoned and full of energy.

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The santur (also spelled Santoor ou Santour) was invented and developed in the area of Iran and Mesopotamia : This instrument was traded and traveled to different parts of the world.

 

Each country customized and designed its own versions to adapt to their musical scales and tunings. The santur was originated in the country that is known today as Iran. 

 

The original santur was made with tree bark and stones, and strung with goat intestines. The Mesopotamian santur has been claimed to be the father of the harp, the Chinese yangqin, the harpsichord, the qanun, the cimbalom, and the American and European hammered dulcimers.

 

The trapezoid framework is generally made out of either walnut or maple wood. The top and bottom boards sometimes can be either plywood or veneer. On the top board, also known as the soundboard, wooden bridges are placed, in order to seat stretched metal strings across. The strings, grouped in units of 3 or 4, are tied on nails or pins on the left side of the instrument and are stretched over the sound board on top of the bridges to the right side. On the right side there are steel tuning pegs or tuning pins, as they are commonly known, that allows tuning each unit of strings to a desired musical note or a frequency or a pitch.

 

The oval-shaped Mezrabs (mallets) are feather-weight and are held between the thumb, index, and middle fingers.

Interested in learning how to play santur? Book now an introductory lesson with renown artist Arman Rashidi.

DAF

The Daf (def, defi, erbane, duff) is a frame drum used in popular and classical music. Moreover, is it also used in regilious ceremonies among Kurds, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Turkey, Greece Spain. 

Dafs can be played to produce highly complex and intense rhythms, causing one to go under a trance and reach an ecstatic and spiritually-high state.The presence of Iranian dap in the reliefs of Behistun suggests the daf existed before the rise of Islam. also show ancient Indians playing this instrument by beating it with metal or wooden sticks like dholak or simply using their hands. 

Dafs were part of religious music in Iran much before Sufism.

Intrigued? Artist Arman Rashidi will be more than happy to make you discover the sonority and rhythm of Daf during an introductory lesson.

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