Hossein Alizadeh, Sallâneh (Persian Classical Music)

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Hossein Alizadeh, Sallâneh (Persian Classical Music)

Hossein Alizadeh, Sallâneh
Mahoor Institute, Iran | 2007 | APE + mp3 320k + booklet 300 dpi | ~300 + 150 MB
Persian Classical Music

Hossein Alizadeh, Sallâneh (Persian Classical Music)

Solo improvisation of Iranian master Hossein Alizadeh on "sallaneh" which is an innovation in the Persian art of instrument making.

The sallaneh (سلانه) is a newly developed plucked string instrument made under the supervision of the Iranian musician Hossein Alizadeh, and constructed by Siamak Afshari. It is inspired by the ancient Persian lute called barbat. The barbat used to have three strings but Sallaneh has six melody and six harmonic strings giving Alizadeh a new realm in lower tones.

Hossein Alizadeh, Sallâneh (Persian Classical Music)

For more on sallaneh see (in Farsi)

Hossein Alizadeh

Hossein Alizadeh was born in Tehran in 1950. He is considered as one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, exemplifying excellence in traditional Persian music today. He studied the classical Persian composition system, the Radif, under various masters, including Houshang Zarif, Ali Akbar Shahnazi, NurAli Borumand, Mahmood Karimi, Abdollah Davami, Yousef Foroutan, and Saied Hormozi. He later recorded the entire body of the Radif based on the interpretations of Mirza Abdullah for Tar and Setar.

Alizadeh received a BA in Music Composition and Performance from the University of Tehran, and then studied Composition and Musicology at Berlin University. He has taught at University of Tehran and Tehran Music Conservatory.

He has performed, as a solo artist, in Iran, North America, Europe and Asia. He was the conductor and soloist in The Iranian National Orchestra of Radio and Television. He established the acclaimed Aref Ensemble and has often worked with the Shayda Ensemble. His first professional experience in Europe was performing with the famous Bejart Ballet Company’s orchestra for Maurice Bejart's ballet, Gulistan.

Some of Alizadeh's most noted works are The Nava Improvisations (1976), Riders of the Plains of Hope (1977), Hesar (1977), Revolt (1983), Ney Nava (1983), Dream (1986), Torkaman (1986), Raz-O-Niaz (1986), Delshodegan (1987), Song of Compassion (1991), New Secret (1996), A Time for Drunken Horses (2000), Turtles can Fly (2004), Endless Vision (2004), Nive Mang (2006), Under the Razor (2007) and Ode to Flowers (2007). Endless Vision has been nominated for the Best World Music Album of the Year 2006 in the 49th Edition of the Grammy Awards.

Alizadeh established the Hamavayan Ensemble in 1989 as a venue for advancing traditional Iranian choral singing. Composed of some of the best known performers of Iranian instruments and vocalists, this ensemble has produced many of Alizadeh's compositions including New Secret, Gabbeh, Songs of Compassion, Endless Vision and Ode to Flowers.

For a discography of Hossein Alizadeh see Wikipedia:

Hossein Alizadeh, Sallâneh (Persian Classical Music)

Hossein Alizadeh playing sallaneh in a concert organized with Jivan Gasparyan in Tehran, 2003
(From the picture gallery of the concert at