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Motebassem Launching National Concert Tour

Motebassem Launching National Concert Tour  Motebassem Launching National Concert Tour

Iranian composer, tar and setar player Hamid Motebassem will start his national concert tour mid-August in Tehran.

The concert is titled ‘Saze-e Del, Avaz-e Del’ (Instrument of Heart, Song of Heart). Singer Hossein Alishapour, 42, and percussionist Behnam Masoumi, 30, will perform along with Motebassem.

On August 19 and 20, the concert will be performed at Roudaki Hall. Isfahan, Abadeh in Fars, Ahvaz in Khuzestan and Yazd will be the next stops of the performers, the website reported.

Each concert will be in two parts: one for tar musical pieces and the other for setar, and will include Motebassem’s old and new compositions.

The renowned composer has also planned a series of training workshops alongside his concerts. In the workshops he will teach the principles of playing tar and setar. He will also elaborate on how to develop auditory skills and give participants a long practice timetable.

Motebassem, 58, is the founder of the Society of Tar and Setar and has since 1994 organized annual seminars dedicated to the two instruments. He has performed in numerous albums of contemporary Iranian composers as well as in all the soundtracks of Dastan Ensemble since 1992.

Born in Mashad, he was raised in a musical family, where his brother was a violinist and his first teacher was his father, Ali Motebassem who played the tar.

His subsequent teachers included Masters Habiballah Salehi, Zeydallah Toloie, Houshang Zarif, Hossein Alizadeh and Mohammad Reza Lotfi.

Motebassem studied at the Tehran School of Art and the Conservatory of Persian Music.