This is an excerpt from a session I had with Navid Ardakani, one of Los Angeles’ finest Santur players. He is the husband of our families’ dear friend Faye. The Santur has 18 sets of strings, strung in groups of four. Half of them are bronze, the other half are steel. It is fascinating to watch Navid play and to learn from him. This particular piece is a meditation in Bb.
While I am posting this many month after it was initially recorded, I had the wonderful opportunity to play with Navid out at the Free Hands Academy Stick Night Bel-Air on Saturday, August 24. We performed a piece similar to this one and then did a version of Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street”.
I am not aware of any video of this performance, I will say it was a wonderful performance – and unbeknownst to me – his first public performance! He was cool and collected, something I really needed after such a nervous outing for my first solo set. I had the opportunity to play music with him this last weekend and each time is better than the last, I can’t wait to play again!