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Iran: Persian Classical Music

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About this Album

Hypnotic drumming, brilliant vocalizes, and haunting modalities reflect a centuries-old art. The pieces here represent the modern form of an ancient tradition, performed by Faramarz Payvar and his ensemble—some of Iran’s most distinguished musicians.


Faramarz Payvar, santour
Houshang Zarif, tar
Rahmatollah Badi’i, kamancheh
Mohammad Esmai’li, zarb
Khatereh Parvaneh, singer


Produced by David Lewiston
Recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Engineering: Ben Taylor
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne

All songs traditional, except track 6 by Faramarz Payvar

Art direction and design: John William Costa
Cover photograph: Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum

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