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Lotfi Commemoration at Niavaran

Lotfi Commemoration at Niavaran
Lotfi Commemoration at Niavaran

The 69th birth anniversary of Mohammad Reza Lotfi, the renowned maestro of Persian classical music instruments tar and setar, will be celebrated at the Niavaran Art Creation Foundation on January 7.

Mirza Abdollah Music School, which he founded and is now its president, is collaborating with NACF in organizing the event, Honaronline reported.

Several eminent figures in Iranian traditional music will attend. Majid Kiani, accredited santur player and music researcher, Ali-Akbar Shekarchi, kamancheh player, and Arshad Tahmasbi, another master tar player will speak at the posthumous commemoration.

Shekarchi and Tahmasbi along with Houshmand Ebadi will play music pieces in memory of the great musician.

Apart from his mastery in tar and setar (stringed instruments), Lotfi was a music composer, vocalist, researcher and teacher. He was born in 1947 in the northern city of Gorgan, Golestan Province and died in May 2014.

In 1971 he established Chavoush Culture and Art Center. Houshang Ebtehaj, a prominent Persian poet, was one of his major supporters in developing the center.

He created numerous albums, among the best are ‘Love Knows’, ‘Sepideh’ (dawn), ‘Bidad’, and ‘Bal-dar-Bal’ (Wing in Wing).

Co-founding Sheida Music Group, artistic collaboration with Mahmoud Dolatabadi, renowned Persian author, and Ali Hatami, celebrated film director, and publishing Sheida Year Book are among his achievements.

He established Mirza Abdollah Music School in 1993 in which Persian classical music enthusiasts learn Persian music, old melodic figures (radif) and classical instruments as well as Persian singing as it is taught in its original oral tradition – without using musical notations.

The ceremony will be held at 9 pm at the Persian Gulf Hall in Niavaran Cultural Complex in north Tehran and is open to the public.