My performance begins with an improvised composition for voice and setar. It is followed by a piece called “The Beginning,” which I wrote for four instruments and present here as a picture-in-picture (PIP) video.
Reza Yazdanpanah is an Iranian musician who is an improviser, performer. and composer. Since 2009, he has been a music faculty member at the University of Guilan, where he taught Persian classical repertoire, Radif, and Improvisation on tar and setar (Persian plucked Chordophones). Tamashay-e- Saba, Eshq Amad, and Goshayesh are his recorded compositions based on folkloric, traditional, and classical Persian music.
In 2016, focusing on children’s music education, he established his private music school (Yazdanpanah Music School) in Shiraz, Iran with his brothers. His recently published book is called Shur-e-Tar (published by Mashahire Honar) which is a comprehensive guide for both music educators and self-teaching students and is gear toward the elementary level.
Since 2019, he has started working at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at the University of Guelph. His research interest is creating musical improvisational games for children as social practices to equip them for their future lives.