Javid Afsari Rad, Composer and Santur

Javid Afsari Rad was born in Isfahan, central Iran, in 1965.  His mentor on the santur, a traditional Persian instrument, was Saeed Naeemi Manesh.  Later he was introduced to Radif, the Persian classical music repertoire, by the masters Parviz Meshkatian and Faramarz Payvar.  His studies led him to Norway, where he graduated from the University of Oslo in the field of Musicology.  As a musician and composer, Javid is highly inspired by the mysticism in Rumi’s poetry.  Rhythm is a vital element which reflects the ecstatic philosophy of the sensually divine thirteenth century poet Rumi, and Javid’s compositions are an endeavor to honor and communicate the great vitality and energy seeping out of Rumi’s mysterious poetry.  As a composer, Javid Afsari Rad received the Norwegian KORK award in 2007 for his commissioned work with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. The prize is awarded to an established artist who is viewed as an innovative and essential contributor to orchestral and musical life.  Together with the ney, percussion, oud, string quintet, and vocals, Javid creates masterful performances with his fellow artists, ranging from soft heartfelt moments to the exhilarating joyful state of musical enchantment pivotal to the Sufi’s dance.

“The experience with composer and musician Javid Afsari Rad was one of the greatest ever for us…with dancing rhythms and quarter tones, the orchestra felt transported to Iran and found itself among the ornaments and exaltation of love in the Sufi’s poetry.” - the Norwegian Radio Orchestra


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