15 January 1975 (age 42)
Shahab Tolouie (شهاب طلوعی) – Iranian composer, fusionist, guitarist and singer. Born 15 January 1975 in Shahsavar, North Iran.
Known as pioneer of an exciting exploration smelting musical traditions of the two powerful musical lands of Iran and Spain by combining them into his own expression of Persian and Flamenco fusion.
Shahab Tolouie developed his talent through contact with some of the best Iranian musical masters of his time. This intense influence did not diminish his interest in flamenco, however, it continued to grow and profoundly affect him to the point that, following his graduation from high school, he departed for Seville, Spain. There he studied his flamenco master course, attaining the highest level of achievement, "Nivel Alto."
After returning from Spain, Shahab Tolouie was recognized as one of the best Iranian guitar players by "The House of Music of Iran."
The fusion of Flamenco and Persian music became his goal and now defines his distinct style "EthnoFlamenco." Here he found his musical home, choosing lyrics from the ancient Sufi poems of Moulana Rumi, the unique Ghazals of Hafez and the poems of Ferdousi.
As a multi-instrumentalist, he incorporates different traditional Persian instruments such as the Setar, Laud, Mandola, Daf and Dammam, along with the Flamenco Guitar, in his compositions.
His most important instrument, however, is his voice. Powerful and dynamic, it is flavored with a special richness typical of eastern vocalists. When combined with his unique manner of singing, that voice is an essential and very expressive part of his musical presentation.
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