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July 12, 2010
Internet Radio Marks the Online Debut of Iranian Musician Kourosh Zolani
By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor
Kourosh Zolani, a well-known composer and musician from Iran who has been credited for creating the only playable chromatic santour in the world, has announced his debut on internet radio, which will widen his scope of listeners and will provide a new international acclaim to the artist. Available online at the website www.kouroshzolani.com, Zolani developed chromatic santour with an aim to pave the way for a fusion of traditional and contemporary, and his presence at the Internet radio approves of his distinct art form being accepted warmheartedly by the music lovers worldwide.
Earlier, after the invention of his unique instrumental invention, Zolani has almost revamped the landscape of classical Persian music, and now after his online debut, his music has been made available in streaming format upon a number of Internet radio stations, such as All About Jazz / AJJ Radio, BLIP.fm, Ivvox, iSound, Last.fm, Magnatune, Mog, Napster and Yahoo! Music. Additionally, the artist has also been a part of various Iranian TV and radio appearances that aired upon the MELI TV, KIRN and KRSI.
He has completed his music composition studies at the University of Art in Tehran, and while going through the course he thought of inventing a new tuning system for the ancient Iranian instrument, and the invention completely changed the diatonic form of the instrument to give way to more chromatic versatility. Leveraging the new technique developed by Zolani, musicians and composers are able to play the instrument in much more complicated orchestrations than what it could be played in previously.
The artist also claims a degree in film scoring from UCLA's School of Entertainment as his achievement, and currently performs in various high-profile concerts in different parts of the world, ranging from Washington, D.C. to the ancient Roman city of Jerash in Jordan.
In Nov. 2009, Zolani released a collection of his original work titled Memoirs of Sangesar in Nov. 2009, and the offering was promptly welcomed and appreciated by the global audience.
Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Erin Monda