"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
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.
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
In an extraordinary meeting of worlds, composer and master santur player Amir Amiri boldly juxtaposes the vibrant sounds of his ancient instrument with the classical tones of a string quartet for his newest program, Parallel (Movaazi).
"Amir has a way of combining the santur sound and other classical instruments to create music for your ears."
— Sassy Jo,
“The colors created by Amiri immediately evoke to our Western ears a timeless East and a deeply seductive strangeness.”
— Frédéric Cardin,
“The santur, an instrument of the family of table zithers, is crystalline and the notes that emerge here are often airy ...”
— Yves Bernard,