Hassan Kassai (1928 – 2012) was an iconic master of Persian classical music and renowned player of Ney, the traditional reed flute of Persia/Iran.
He was born in Esfahan (Iran’s art capital) in 1928. He was four years old when he Entered the mysterious world of music by way of vocalizing. At the age of twelve he started playing the ney and learning its playing techniques in the prosenee of Mehdi Navai. Later he learned the basies and fundamentals of music and playing on instruments in the presence of Abolhassan Saba. Hassan was fifteen when he performed his first programe on Radio Iran. Due to his innate genious and sustained efforts he became able to fully revolutionize playing on this plain and simple instrument and gave it an unimaginable capacity. In the year 1950 he took the ney to the orchestra and gave it a lofty place among other Iranian and non Iranian instruments. Hassan Kassai’s compositions and performances are some of the most outstanding tunes and melodies of Iranian music, and undoubtedly he should be considered the most distinguished ney player of the contemporary world. His world wide tame increased with the circulation of a gramophone disc by C.B.S. of France in 1975 and the publications of some of his performances by Unesco. But become of the unappreciation of musicians and anti-music tendencies Kassai was pushed to silence in the golden years of his life, and so he chose solitude. He, whose art enjoys a spiritual and popular status, broke his heavy and philosophical silence from 1999 and created Naluable and ever lasting works for the people of his land, Iran.
“Dastagh-E Shour” is taken from side A of the LP by released in France by CBS Inc. in 1973. as a part of serial Musiques & Traditions Du Monde - “L’Iran: Le Ney”. This album has been also released by Playa Sound as “Musiques De L’Asie Traditionnelle Vol. 16 - Iran”. Ney is played by Hassan Kassai and Percussion (Zarb) played by Djahangir Behesti.
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