The Scent of Persia (2018)

Meshkatian, Olianasab, Rezvani

Arezoo Rezvani

Khazan means “Autumn” in Persian. Khazan symbolizes the beauty and dreamy colors of the season, which are played on the Persian santoor, the daf, and the cello.

Shur (Dastgh-e Šur) is one of the seven “Dastgah” in traditional Persian music, and maybe the most important one. Dastgah is a system of modes, like scales in Western music. Many pieces of folk music from all around Persia use Shur or a related mode.

Each season of the year brings with it a feeling of nostalgia and separation. Fasle Deltangi is something that comes back every year and overtake us with these feelings. With this music, we try to bring forth these emotions.

The santoor is an Indo-Persian instrument with a rich cultural history. The oldest predecessor of the santoor was played in Mesopotamia (the current Iraq and north-east of Syria) between 1600 and 911 BC. In its history, the santoor and its family of instruments were also named “Shatha Tantri Veena” in ancient Sanskrit, meaning “100-string Vina”. Nowadays, the santoor is not just a traditional instrument in the cities of Jammu and Kashmir but is also the national instrument of Iran. In Kashmir, the santoor was used to accompany folk music, but also Sufi hymns. The instrument is made of walnut or maple and has a characteristic shape that slightly differs between the Persian and the Indian variant. The Persian santoor has 72 strings and a trapezoid body. The Indian santoor has a more rectangular body and sometimes more strings. In this EP, Arezoo Rezvani plays the Persian santoor.

The Daf is a frame drum from the Middle-East, that was used in popular and classical Middle-Eastern music. Daf means “to hit” in Hebrew. The instrument is made from hardwood with many metal ringlets. The membrane is usually made from fish skin, but sometimes also from that of the cow, goat, or horse. The daf belongs to one of the oldest and most influential Persian/Kurdish percussion instruments and usually accompanies the tanbur, violin, oud, saz, or singers. The oldest predecessor of the daf goes back to the dynasty of the Sassanides in Iran, long before the rise of Islam in the area. It is used in many different cultures and regions for different reasons. Some cultures use it in religious music, whereas others play the daf on festive occasions or in times of mourning.

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Maya Fridman

Born on November 7th, 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Maya Fridman is a talented young cellist residing in The Netherlands.

From her early years of playing the cello, Maya was recognized as a prodigy and was taken under the hood of the Foundation of Yuri Bashmet, where she took part in TV and radio programs. While studying at the Moscow State College of Music named after Alfred Schnittke, she was awarded as the First Prize Winner in the International Festival of Slavic Music among many other reputable awards.

In 2010, Maya has been granted admission at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied under Dmity Ferschtman. Here, on the 10th of June, 2016, she successfully finished her Master’s Degree with honours.

During these six years of studying, Maya has participated in several masterclasses and has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Pieter Wispelwey, Gary Hoffman, Frances-Marie Uitti, Anner Bylsma, Ernst Reijseger, and many more.

For the last five years, Maya has been performing regularly in The Netherlands and Germany. Her projects include a successful collaboration with singer- songwriter Jyoti Verhoeff. In December 2013, Jyoti and Maya became finalists of the Grote Prijs van Nederland, where Maya was awarded the Best Musician of 2013 Prize.

She has also accompanied legendary guitar virtuoso Harry Sacksioni on his Jubileum tour and joined bands such as Faun and Cesair as a special guest.

Furthermore, Maya performs together with Aengus Hackett and Mauricio Ramirez under the name of Dinosaur Trio. Dinosaur plays a variety of rock, jazz and improvised music and has toured trough Ireland in the summer of 2014.

In 2015 she released her debut album The Invisible Link which she recorded together with Daniël Kool and released under TRPTK.

Her next album will feature her own arrangement of Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel for cello and piano, on which she worked together with pianist Artem Belogurov. Her arrangement received an acknowledgement during her graduation exam and was nominated for the Amsterdam University of the Arts Graduation Prize 2016 as best work.

Farid Sheek

Farid Sheikhbahaei (Farid Sheek, 1994, Isfahan) plays various instruments, among which Piano and Daf. He lives and tours in The Netherlands and his mission is to connect the beauty of Western and Eastern music. 

photo: from artist's website gallery

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The Scent of Persia (2018)

Meshkatian, Olianasab, Rezvani

Arezoo Rezvani

Cables: Furutech
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Loudspeaker: KEF Blade 2 - Amplifier: Hegel H30

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