Strum­ming me softly: The Night of Per­sian Mu­sic

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

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.tick­ or at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.soure­nase­ — J.L.

Sourena Se­fati

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