For the first time, Sina Sarlak joins Nava Ensemble for an exclusive concert at NeekOn’s First Bi-Annual Festival.
11 AM-Noon (Doors Open at 10:30AM)
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Tickets: $15 – 37
Sina Sarlak -Vocal, He started singing as a child and was only 7 years old when he first sang in one of the national TV series. Since then he started music and singing seriously and passionately. He learned complete percussion (Tombak) lessons with Jamshid Mohebbi and continued professionally for 6 years with the Great Master of Tombak Naser Farhangfar. He has won many first place awards at festivals for his singing and percussion performances. He has also studied with the Great Master of vocal Mr. Mohammadreza Shajarian during his training to become a professional vocalist. He spent years of learning (Tar) another music instrument with Master Keyvan Saket. He performs concerts around the world and recorded 27 albums with various composers and bands.
Saeed Kamjoo-Kamancheh, born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, is a Persian musician and composer. He started learning kamancheh at the age of 17 under the supervision of Ardeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music under the guidance of such renowned masters as Ali Akbar Shekârchi and Ustad Asghar Bahâri. He is a graduate of Music department from Tehran University. His approach to playing kamancheh is based on his perception of the values in classical Persian music. Although his music has its roots in Classical Persian music, he allows himself to explore new musical styles. Kamjoo moved to Montreal in 1997 and has been collaborating with various ensembles in Canada, the USA and Europe. He has recorded many albums and performed in numerous music festivals around in Canada, the USA, Mexico, U.K, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Turkey and Hong Kong. Saeed Kamjoo has also performed as a guest artist with Dastan Ensemble, one of the most renowned Persian musical groups. His composition for string quartet and vocal based on poetry of Omar Khayyám (12th c.) was played in Toronto in 2012.
Arjang Faramarzi-Tombak, In 1976, Arjang was born in a family who was interested in music and highly appreciated it. The sound of the tar of his brother, Arash, who was one of the Master Houshang Zarif’s students, his parents’ encouragements, and also his persistence were reasons that made Arjang to be absorbed into the land of music.Around age of 11, Arjang began playing tombak under supervision of Late Master Naser Farhangfar, the poet and the genius in tombak, at Zoroastrian Youths Organization (Faravahar). Arjang enjoyed the valuable time of the sessions with Master Farhanfar till the last moments of Master’s life, and later he continued to improve his techniques supervised by Arash Farhangfar, the Master’s son. Arjang also learned playing barbat (oud) from Hossein Behrouzinia. He also completed Harmonic course presented by Mohsen Elhamian. Arjang has B.Sc in medical-engineering.
Amir Nojan-Setar was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1980. He is a Persian classical musician best known for his skills at playing Setar, a Persian lute. He is also known for his comprehensive knowledge of Persian traditional/classical repertoire known as “Radif”. He started studying the traditional Persian music at the age of 12 and he has benefited from the teachings of great masters of Persian music such as Ustad Dariush Talaei, Ustad Jalal Zolfonoon and Ustad Mohammad Reza Lotfi. While still in Iran, he established and directed “Nava Ensemble” in 1998 and has continued that work in the USA. Amir has played concerts in Iran, Europe and the USA as a composer, soloist, improviser and ensemble player. Amir has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Alim Qasimov and Shahram Nazeri at Stanford University, where in 2011 he gave a lecture on “The History of Setar and its significant role in the Iranian classical music. In 2012, Amir founded the first professional academy for the teaching of Persian music and arts named “Shiraz Arts Academy” in Northern CA (San Jose).