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Amir Amiri – Free Lunchtime Concert!

Amir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran where much of his youth was spent studying the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music.  He also studied Indian classical music with some of the masters, including Ravi Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  While his is classically trained, Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of music, stretching beyond the constraints of classical thought.  Arriving in Canada in 1996, Amiri found the ability to do just that, while in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, a haven of inspiration to which he has returned many times.  Amiri has worked with Bob Becker, Edgar Meyer and David Takeno, as well as jazz greats Hugh Fraser, Darcy Phillip Gray, Mike Miurly, John Stetch and Bill Cahn.  Amiri has worked extensively as a percussionist, composer, musical director and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies, most notably Alberta Ballet, VIA Dance Ensemble, Lu Lu Dance Productions, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, McDonald Wilson Dance Company, University of Calgary Dance Program, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and Vertigo Theatre in Alberta and Quebec.  He has composed and performed orchestral works for santur and various instrumentation, has self-produced his own concert series called The Tehran Project, and has considerable experience in film and TV — most notably performing on the soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  In 2003, Amiri was awarded Artist of the Year from CBC Galaxie Rising Stars.  In 2008, he won Outstanding Sound Design at the Betty Mitchell Awards for the production of Helen’s Necklace.

Tuesday, November 7th at 12:30 pm          Admission: Free                Location: Concert Hall in the new L.R. Wilson Hall