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ONLINE ONLY: Santoor: A Musical Journey to Iran

Friday, September 17, 2021, 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

A link to view this program online will be available beginning Friday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. at this link:

Take a quick journey to Iran with a Persian instrument called a "Santoor" and learn from Maestro Hossein Salehi:
- What is a santoor?
- What is the closest instrument in that class in the West?
- Persian music Modal System
- What are the 7 modes in Persian music?
- Introduction to Mahoor (a major scale)
- A simple melody in Mahoor vs. adding embellishments
- Hossein Salehi's composition in Mahoor named "Dawn"

Hossein Salehi is a musician and music instructor born to a musical and artistic family in 1949. At age 7 he began a lifelong journey of learning santoor (Persian Hammered dulcimer) under his father Maestro Abbas Salehi. At age 10 he started competing in and winning local musical competitions at school district in Tehran, Iran. By 15, he won the national first place award for being the best in his age group on the Santoor. He was honored to play alongside renowned Iranian musicians on national television. In 1998-1999 Hossein received an Oregon Historical Society Folklife Program Apprenticeship Award as a Master Artist, which has been one of his greatest honors. In 2009, Hossein's dream of a non-profit music and performing arts school was realized when he founded the ArtMax Academy, a nonprofit school of Music and the Performing Arts. Visit for more information. In 2011 Hossein was hired as Adjunct Professor by the Music Department of Portland State University. He was a recipient of a Master Artist Award presented by Oregon Folklife Network in 2018-2019.

In addition, teaching to over one thousand students during six the recent decades and overseeing dozens of musical projects, conducting several workshops in Oregon and beyond and several concerts with renowned musical bands such as Pink Martini, Portland, Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra is just part of Maestro Hossein Salehi's artistic achievements.

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