Chan Centre Dot Com Series

Amir Amiri Ensemble

Fri Jan 29 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

A digital production presented by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Read about the virtual experience here


Tehran-born, Montreal-based composer/santur player Amir Amiri arrived in Canada just over two decades ago and immediately began collaborating with jazz, western classical, and avant-garde musicians, dancers, and theatre artists. This explosion into new creative directions was matched step for step by a deepening connection to his roots in Persian classical and folk music. Now a veteran of over twenty residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and a sought-after performer and educator from coast to coast, Amiri beautifully interlaces traditional Persian music with diverse modern elements.


The 72-stringed santur is an ancient hammered dulcimer at the very heart of Persian music. Amiri’s relationship to the instrument is spiritual, almost symbiotic, and he moves across it with meditative agility. Hypnotic melodies arc across subtly complex rhythmic patterns as Amiri calls upon centuries of tradition with an instrumental voice very fluent in the musical dialects of the here and now. He’s joined by Sardar Mohamad Jani (oud), Reza Abaee (ghaychak), Hamin Honari (percussion), and Omar Abu Afech (viola) for a program of Amiri’s luminous compositions intertwined with arrangements of traditional Persian folk and classical pieces.


"The delicate mallets in his hands are a flying blur... hypnotic"
The Ottawa Citizen


Filmed in Montreal in December 2020.

Run-time: 45 minutes

Fri Jan 29 2021 7pm

Access to this performance ended on May 31, 2021

Online from Jan 29 - May 31

Tune into the watch party at 7pm PT on Friday Jan 29 to view and interact with other audience members in a live chat, OR watch on demand at any time following the premiere until May 31, 2021.

We've gone digital!

In order to keep our patrons, artists, and staff safe, we’ve temporarily moved Chan Centre-presented performances online for the 2020-21 season.

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