Day & Night

Hossein Omoumi
Kia Tabasian
Zia Tabasian
Abolhassan Sabâ
Great Mediterranean Composers


First part (dastgah-e Segah and Nava)

01. Daramad-e Segah
02. Samani
03. Zabol
04. Bahar-mast
05. Kereshmeh and Mouyeh
06. Mokhalef
07. Masnavi-ye Segah modulated to Nava
08. Shesh zarbi-e Nahoft
09. Chahar mezrab-e Nava

Second part (Avaz-e Bayat-e Tork and Afshari)

10. Do zarbi-ye Bayat-e tork
11. Chahar Mezrab-e Bayat-e tork
12. Feyli
13. Shekasteh
14. modulated to Afshari
15. Raghs-e chupi
16. Ghara-ii
17. Daramad-e Dashti
18. Zard-e malijeh
19. Gilaki20.Karevan
21. Deylaman
22. Pacheh leyli
23. Reng-e Dashti

Ney and Vocals: Hossein Omoumi
Setar: Kiya Tabassian
Tonbak: Ziya Tabassian





Ostad Abolhasan Saba performing SetarIf there are a few artists who have heavily influenced the twentieth century Persian classical music by their work and style, Abolhasan Saba is for sure one of them.

More than fifty years after his death this multi-instrumentalist, composer, researcher and master of Radif (the Persian Classical Repertoire) continues to pour vitality and freshness through his important contributions.

Saba was born in Tehran at the turn of the Century, in November 17th, 1902 into a family that had for long embraced music and literature by tradition. His familiarity with music began when learning the basics of Setar from his father Kamal ol Saltaneh and Tombak from his aunt's maid. He finished school at the American College of Tehran (later called Alborz) and let his ever growing desire of studying music to be fulfilled by attending, nothing less than the courses of the greatest masters of the Persian Classical Music of the moment: Mirza Abdollah Farahani for Setar, Darvish Khan for Tar, Hossein Esmail Zadeh for Kamancheh, Hossein Hang Afarin for Violin, Ali Akbar Shahi for Santoor and Haji Khan for Tombak.

In 1923, as Colonel Ali Naghi Vaziri founded his Superior School of Music, Saba was one of the first students attending Violin courses and even becoming part of the Vaziri Orchestra as the first Violin. But according to Sasan Sepanta (Persian Music specialist and historian) in his Perspective of Music in Iran, Vaziri had to convince young Abolhasan’s father to let him enter his School, amidst an atmosphere of fierce opposition to the foundation of the institution (Many cultivated spheres would consider Vaziri’s views as being too much of a Western style and opposed the creation of the school).

Saba was soon to become one of Vaziri’s favorite students and assistants, learning fast the secrets of Violin and the theory of European Classical Music. Quite naturally in 1929, the Colonel appointed him as the head of the School of Fine Arts (Conservatory) in the Caspian city of Rasht. Indeed, no need to insist on the fact that this was a dreamed position for Saba, as he would have been able to resume research and collection of folkloric music and melodies of the regions of Gilan and Mazandaran. Later he composed numerous classical melodies based on those researches including famous “Zard e Malijeh”, “Koohestani”, “Deylaman” and “Tabari”, most of them in Avaz e Dashti or Avaz e Bayat e Tork modes.

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