Sahba Motallebi is recognized internationally for her exquisite performances of Persian music on the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments central to one of the world’s great musical traditions. Known as the “Queen of the Tar” or “Jimi Hendrix, but on Tar,” she has performed as a soloist and collaborated with such renowned artists as Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Yo-Yo Ma, and Kayhan Kalhor. She graduated from the Tehran Conservatory of Music, and was named Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival for four years running. She helped found the groundbreaking women’s ensemble Chakaveh, and, in 1999, was invited to join the Iranian National Orchestra. For nearly two decades she has lived in southern California, continuing to perform worldwide. Recently she appeared on the Grammy-winning Fandango at the Wall album. In this concert, she performs a repertoire of traditional Persian music and original pieces.
“a virtuoso performer” – LA Weekly
Co-presented by Robert Browning Associates, Lotus Music & Dance