72 Names (Hallelujah) Day 21 : Iranian instrument the Santur, interview & played by Hamid Reza Rasti

The Santur is a Persian hammer dulcimer with 72 strings and shares many similarities with the Indian santoor. It comprises of a trapezoidal box (usually made of walnut or other exotic woods) with the strings lying horizontally on top. It is played with light weight mallets (mezrabs) and typically has a range of around three octaves.

In this video I interview Hamid Reza Rasti, one of the only player of Santur in the country! In the video he describes about the 72 strings and the history of the instrument and then he gave a 5 minute performance and I was taken back. When I tried after to do improvisation like I did with the most classical melodies on my first album I just couldn’t interfere with the distinctive sound and melody, please watch and enjoy.

If you would like to contact Hamid about to learn more you can contact him on frasti1351@yahoo.co.uk

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Tally Koren

International award-winning singer-songwriter is starting to make waves around the globe. She has been receiving great critical acclaim for her recent performances including the ‘Tate Britain’, the ‘Marbella Film Festival’, the ‘House of Lords’. A BBC Radio 2 playlist artist and the Fringe Award Winner for‘Best Singer-Songwriter’ 2011 Tally’s music has been featured on radio by Chris Evans, Graham Norton, and more In addition Tally is very passionate of using her music to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians and has recently received a prestigious award as an “Ambassador for Peace” in the House of Commons.

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