• Javid Afsari rad, Santur player and composer.

    24 Aug 2011, 10:13 by EchEm

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    Javid Afsari Rad was born in Isfahan, central Iran, in 1965. His first mentor on his main instrument Santur was musician Saeed Naeemi Manesh. At 16, was introduced to Radif, the Persian classical music repertoire, by the masters Parviz Meshkatian and Faramarz Payvar. His studies led him to Norway, where he later graduated from the University of Oslo in the field of Musicology. During the years Javid Afsari Rad has performed solo in world music festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, and he has done ensemble works withPandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, a classicist on the Indian flute Bansuri who has made a conscious effort to reach out and expand the audience for classical Indian music. Gathering the 10 member group of Combonations in 2000, he combined music and musicians from Iran, India, China, Morocco, Senegal, Gambia and Brazil in a fireworks of a concert show that toured Norway, Sweden and India. They released their debut album the year after. …