Album Review

Kiani, Majid – “Iran, Volume 2 ” – [Ocora | Radio France]

Max Level   1/25/2006   12-inch, International

Kiani is master of the santur, a stringed instrument seemingly identical in appearance, sound, and playing technique to the hammered dulcimer one finds in rural Appalachian music. There are also Iraqi, Turkish, and Indian versions of the instrument. However, the tuning modes used here, carefully described in the liner notes, give these pieces a unique Persian flavor. Delicate, intricate patterns repeat and then vary, raga-like, as each piece slowly develops. According to the liner notes, Kiani has been almost single-handedly keeping this particular style of traditional music alive; there were never many master players and they eventually ran out of students to teach. These 1979 recordings transported this Western listener pleasantly to another place and time. Lovely.

you heard it 38 times on kfjc! most recently:
Bahram says

I was driving and playing with different FM radio stations and all of a sudden I had to stop the car and listen to this beautiful Santur music. I immediately recorded the radio station and since it was since the music was from "Iran volume 2", I did a Google search on kfjc.org to know the player of this beautiful music, Majid Kiani.

Thank you KFJC 89.7 FM. Please play more music from Majid Kiani and I will be hooked to your radio station.

Bay Area


Max Level says

Bahram, you must have been listening to Rowan Hawthorn's excellent show.
The station doesn't have much of Kiani's music in the library, unfortunately. However, I found a nice video clip on youtube:


-Max L / KFJC


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