Amir Amiri

santur

"The delicate mallets in his hands are a flying blur and the air in the Canadian Museum of Civilization theatre is ringing with hypnotic sound as Amir Amiri gives a brief demonstration of the instrument he has loved since he was a boy."

— The Ottawa Citizen, Steven Mazey

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Biography

Santur player, composer, and cultural inventor Amir Amiri has spent his decades-long career  exploring  the  limits  of  his  music,  and  keeps  coming to the conclusion that there are none. As a santur player, Amir  seeks to bring this ancient instrument into the musical conversations of our time, engaging across borders and transcending genres. Dazzlingly virtuosic and with a keen imagination, Amir creates an enchanting and  unique musical universe with every performance.

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Projects

A duo combining the verve of Jazz  with the refinement of Persian classical  music.

Ethno-roots: a meeting of folk/roots traditions from cultures an ocean apart.

Reviews

RADIO-CANADA
Ici Musique

 

“The colors created by Amiri immediately evoke to our Western ears a timeless East and a deeply seductive strangeness.” 

—  Frédéric Cardin,
December 2017

LE DEVOIR

 

“The santur, an instrument of the family of table zithers, is crystalline and the notes that emerge here are often airy ...” 

— Yves Bernard,

October 2017

OTTAWA CITIZEN

 

"The delicate mallets in his hands are a flying blur and the air in the Canadian Museum of Civilization theatre is ringing with hypnotic sound as Amir Amiri gives a brief demonstration of the instrument he has loved since he was a boy."

— Steven Mazey,
May 2005

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