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Persian Starr & Friends featuring Samsara Sound System A Persian New Years Celebration in conjunction with St. Patrck’s Day! Norooz Celebration Festivities & Ball - LIVE PERSIAN ROCK & DANCE SUNDAY, MARCH 17Th – 2013 (St. Patrick’s Day) CAFÉ DU NORD & The American Swedish Music Hall 2170 Market St., San Francisco, CA, 94114 Tickets: $15 Persian Starr (Shirzad Sharif) was born and raised to a highly acclaimed musical family in Tehran, Iran which has nurtured the likes of the legendary Tar Grand Master Ostad Farhang Sharif, from early childhood Shirzad was exposed to the amazing intricacies of Persian classical music and while in Iran was fortunate enough to have grown up studying the Persian drum & strings under the direct tutelage of some of Iran's finest Grand Masters of Persian Classical Music. He has built and invented a highly customized Persian classical electric-acoustic string instrument which he has created & modified according to his own specifications & is the combination of 4 musical instruments combined into one instrument (Oud, Tar, Setar & Tanbur), he is also the founder & musical director of Qalandariyun, Iranian Rengi Orchestra, Som'ma and Somma Dub Ensembles. Michael Nejad was born in Iran and now lives in the Bay Area. A master musician, he can play over 56 instruments from around the world. He has invented numerous musical instruments and was featured on Season 7 of America's Got Talent’s quarterfinals performing Persian classical music on simple household objects, a rarity never seen since the days of late grandmaster Ostad Hasan Kasai. Mark Deutsch can best be described as a 21st century Renaissance man. A professional musician since the age of twelve, he is a visionary artist with a background in non-linear mathematics, sacred systems and cosmology. As a classically trained bassist and sitar player he has gained extensive experience in orchestral ensembles, world music traditions, jazz combos, and solo sitar performance. Whilst studying sitar and North Indian classical music with the legendary Ustad Imrat Khan, Mark began delving deeper into the universal fundamentals of music and their underlying frequency structures. These studies culminated in 1999 with Mark being awarded the US patent for his ground breaking new instrument the Bazantar - a five-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The result is a remarkable instrument that weaves a mesmerizing soundscape of resonance, and evokes all the power of Western classical music with the depth and nuance of Eastern traditions. The Samsara Sound System is among the outfits that has combined ambient electronica with world music in the 21st Century--specifically, world music as in the music of the Middle East, India and North Africa. The brains behind the Samsara Sound System is Professor Shehab, a Brooklyn, NY-based producer whose other world/electronica activities have included the Baraka Orchestra, the Qaballah Steppers, Dubadelic, Elixir and Scarab. With Samsara, Shehab has favored a blend of electronic programming and acoustic instruments (which have ranged from the violin and the cello to the daf). Ritual of Carousel, Samsara's debut album, was released on Shehab's independent Baboon Records in 2003.
Bio: Shirzad Sharif was born and raised to a highly acclaimed musical family in Tehran, Iran which has nurtured the likes of the legendary Tar Grand Master Ostad Farhang Sharif, Shirzad was exposed to the amazing intricacies of Persian classical music from early childhood and while in Iran was fortuna...See Full Bio