Alborz Trio
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Alborz Trio

Albuquerque, NM | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Albuquerque, NM
Established on Jan, 2017
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Sourena Sefati (composer/santour), Deborah Leah Ungar (clarinet), Gregory Gutin (percussion) have combined their talents to share the music of Iran with audiences.  Their repertoire highlights the special qualities of the Iranian Santour, Bb and G clarinets, and various percussion accompaniments through new arrangements of folk music as well as contemporary compositions using the dastgãh tradition.  The dastgãh in Persian music is similar to the western musical scales (major and minor) and also Maqams in Turkish and Arabic music. Their programs explore dastgah-e Homayun, Nava and Shur among others through arrangements and improvisations, including Kuch (Migration) and Gazaal, Dokhtar-e Boyerahmadi, Omid (Hope), Farah Afza, Khalseh and Kabooki.

Sourena Sefati was born in Ramsar, Iran in 1977. He began learning Santour at age eleven with Masters Esfandyar Shiroodi and Eskandar Hassas.  He learned from “Radif Mirza Abdollah” as the Radif of Persian Classical Music with Masters Majid Kiani and Amir Okhovvat . Also, he learned the modern technics of playing Santour with Master Ardavan Kamkar (1997-2000). Sefati composed Iranian music for different ensembles. “Az Roozegare Rang Amiz (From Deceitful Ages)” is one of his albums recorded by Sepido Siah ensemble in 2012.  He has performed on more than 50 albums in Iran with ensembles such as Sepido Siah, Bidel, Hazar Avaz, Rastak, Parnian, and Molana, and in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He was soloist at Iran Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (2009 to 2014), Iranian Chamber Orchestra (2009), and Mehrnavazan National Orchestra (2011). Sourena moved to the United States in 2014 and teaches Iranian music in Albuquerque. He joined Rahim AlHaj’s ensemble in 2016.

Deborah Leah Ungar is a pianist and multi-instrumentalist with a background in classical and world music. She is a recognized performer and educator in the classical genre. She performs with Sourena Sefati and Alborz Trio, Zevk Ensemble, and other classical and world music groups.  She has performed traditional and contemporary music of the Balkans, Turkey, and Greece for folk dance groups and festivals around New Mexico and nationally.  Deborah Leah Ungar is Adjunct Faculty at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Program and serves as an educational consultant to arts organizations locally and nationally in developing meaningful arts programming for their youngest audiences.

Gregory Gutin ~ Percussionist: Cajon, Darabuka, Bendir, Daf
A native of the Rocky Mountains, Gregory has lived in Northern New Mexico since 1992 as a musician, artist, educator and art therapist. He has worked in the Santa Fe Public Schools as a teaching artist with the Partners in Education Artworks Program for over 12 years, using both music and visual arts as a vehicle for inspiration and change. He works as a counselor with local youth to help inspire them towards a healthy, creative and mindful relationship with the multi-layered world we inhabit.  He plays regularly with local groups EvaRusnik, Trio Andaluz and the Zevk Ensemble, along with a variety of other musical collaborations.


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