In my musical travels I met a extraordinary man named Kourosh Zolani who grew up in a small village in Iran and chose to bring the native Santur into the modern chromatic scale, bringing traditional Persian music into modern places. Go see him in Los Angeles if you get a chance!
He has 3 free shows and demonstrations of the Chromatic Santour coming up in LA:
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Venice Library – 4:00PM
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Brentwood Library – 3:00PM
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Palisades Library – 3:00PM
Here’s a demo of how the Behrad Zolani Santour instrument works, and a composition of Kourosh’s youthful inspiration gives a sense of his Persian roots.