The Amir Amiri ensemble is an ensemble of virtuoso musicians from the Persian tradition: Amir Amiri (santur), Abdul-Wahab Khayyali (oud), Reza Abaee (ghaychak), Omar Abu Afech (Viola), and Hamin Honari (percussion). Inspired by the diversity and fluidity of the many musical influences of Iran, the Amir Amiri Quartet creates an engaging and distinctive sound fusing the refinement of traditional and spiritual Persian music with folkloric and modern elements. In seeking to expand the boundaries of these musical traditions, balancing heritage and innovation, they find that the possibilities are limitless. In the eclectic musical universe of Amir Amiri Ensemble, borders are abolished to make way for bewitching alchemy, a mystical conversation between these kindred-spirit musicians.
After sharing the stage for several years in Montreal, Amir Amiri (Santur) and Olivier Marin (Viola) decided to continue their collaboration and expand their musical universe. Thus, they created Ensemble Kimya, based in Paris by surrounding themselves with two fabulous musicians: Roméo Monteiro (Percussions) and Alice Picaud (Cello). Their different musical horizons meet to create the original and unusual performance ''Between Mist and Sky'', combining classical and contemporary music from Europe, the Middle East and India, in the minds of adventurous musicians Jordi Savall and Garth Knox.
Amir Amiri on santur, Sarah Pagé on harp, and Shawn Mativetsky on tabla form the trio MATIVETSKY AMIRI & PAGE, tasked with developing a new form of chamber music that is reflective of today's global society, uniting a myriad of traditions and practices. Musical adventurers, explorers, innovators, virtuosi, their collective creations combine tradition and modernity, emotion and spontaneity; a dynamic coming together of santur, harp, and tabla unlike anything you've heard before.
In search of this ephemeral moment of ecstasy that occurs when we observe the Perséides, the musicians Jean Félix Mailloux and Amir Amiri improvise melodies of pure beauty. Like a celestial and luminous phenomenon, a shower of shooting stars on a hot summer evening, the music evolves organically and gives rise to real explosions of colors. The rich and warm sound of the double bass that supports a very agile Persian santur transports us into a colorful dream world infused by oriental music and jazz. Musicians with a telepathic complicity, you will witness musical moments of a rare subtlety that will move you.
Jazz pianist Jean-Michel Plic enthralls audiences with his visceral and creative improvised performances. Amir Amiri, virtuoso of the santur, is a master of Persian improvisatory traditions, spinning mesmerizing and tantalizing melodies on his 72-string instrument. In this unique performance, Jean-Michel and Amir join forces for the very first time in an evening of musical exploration and discovery.
Iranian Canadian Santur player composer Amir Amiri and Canadian composer bass player met at the Banff center for the arts (Alberts ) in 2001; throughout the years, they have been collaborating sporadically.
In 2020, they reconnected while Amir was attending a residency at the prestigious Cite International des arts in Paris, France, where Chris Jennings has been based since 2002. Since 2022 they have been joined by Patrick Goraquer, drummer, piano player, and composer, developing a new form of chamber music reflective of today's global society, uniting diverse traditions and practices. Musical adventurers, explorers, innovators, and virtuosi, their collective creations combine tradition and modernity, emotion and spontaneity, a dynamic coming together of santur, and double bass, unlike anything you've heard before.
Amir Amiri Ensemble
This project is a collaboration between Amir's ensemble with a group of renowned Arabic string musicians. They hope to bring together some of the most proficient middle eastern musicians together and feature them in an exchange of ideas and compositions.