“Their rock star status …is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience...” (Sarasota Herald Tribune). Sybarite5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US. From Visconti to Vrebalov and Coltrane to Radiohead, Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and commanding performances are turning heads throughout the music world. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. This program features Iranian
About Ehsan Matoori
Ehsan Matoori was born in 1979 in Iran. At the age of 9 he began learning the Santoor based on Maestro Faramarz Payvar’s method. He studied instrumental and vocal Radif (the Persian musical repertory) with Parviz Meshkatian and Pashang Kamkar. In 2001 he became a Santoor teacher at the Center of Art and Culture in Isfahan and several music schools in Tehran. The traditional style of Santoor playing, however, did not satisfy Ehsan’s creative and searching soul. He was looking for expanding his techniques through learning a modern style of playing Santoor, so he took lessons from Ardavan Kamkar, one of the greatest contemporary Santoor players known for his distinct playing style and tuning techniques. After moving to the USA in 2013, Ehsan has performed with some well-known world music masters including Sandeep Das, Jamal Mohamed, Paul Sriji, Maeve Gilchrist, Matthew Coley, Andrew Bleck, and Taher Khan. He has also been a member of SMU world music ensemble since 2013. Ehsan currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where he teaches Santoor. He is the founder and director of AramArt world music & art institute.
“In a program of serial high points, there were too many to mention ...”The Washington Post
Additional support provided by Debra & Michael Raizman, Yukiko Ueno & Eran Egozy, Randolph Hawthorne & Carliss Baldwin, and Marylen Sternweiler.
This performance is also made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.