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.

A quartet of Canadian musicians by way of Iran, creating music steeped in Persian tradition for the 21st century.

The santur meets viola, cello, and percussion in this innovative quartet exploring classical and contemporary music from across three continents.

Amir joins forces with improvising genius Jean-Michel Pilc for an utterly free and unscripted musical experience

Reviews

MOBTRÉAL

 

"Amir has a way of combining the santur sound and other classical instruments to create music for your ears."

— Sassy Jo,
May 2020

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

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