Strumming me softly: The Night of Persian Music
Sourena Sefati began studying the santour, a traditional Iranian hammered dulcimer instrument, with master teachers when he was eleven years old. Now a respected composer and performer of santour music, Sefati has been soloist with the Iran Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, the Iranian Chamber Orchestra, and the Mehrnavazan National Orchestra. In 2014, he moved from Iran to Albuquerque, where he teaches Iranian music and performs with the Rahim AlHaj Trio. New Mexico native Issa Malluf, who began as a self-taught musician, has developed an international reputation as a specialist in Middle Eastern, North African, and Arabic percussion. He has also played with Rahim AlHaj, as well as with A Hawk and a Hacksaw and Peter Buck of R.E.M. Sefati and Malluf play together in The Night of Persian Music at the San Miguel Chapel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $20 ($13 for children), available at www.ticketleap.com or at the door. For more information, visit www.sourenasefati.com. — J.L.