The gestures Arash Boulori, Pouya Damadi and Ata Ebtekar (alias Sote) use to communicate during their performance are similar to a format common in Persian music: question and answer, action and reaction, often based on improvisation. The three men on stage look at each other, nod and smile. Noisy samples drawn from studying the materiality of Persian instruments unify with harmonies, the combination of which sometimes eerie and obscure, other times much like familiar Persian music. An exciting dialogue evolves between Pouya’s tar, Arash’s santour and Ata’s laptop. 04 FEBRUARY 2020 | AG 14 by NILOUFAR NEMATOLLAHI
From the forthcoming Sote (Ata Ebtekar) ‘Parallel Persia’ LP [DIAG054] due out on Diagonal on the 26th April. Featuring: Arash Bolouri (santour) and Pouya Damadi (tar) Mastering: Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering Artwork: Pedram Sadegh-Beyki (Pitheorem) and Leila Hobooty
So excited to announce that Sote‘s new album “Parallel Persia” will be out soon in late April on Diagonal Records. I got the chance to play Santour in this album beside my talented friend Pouya Damadi on Tar.
‘Artificial Neutrailty’ is the first in a series of new electro-acoustic works from Ata Sote Ebtekar, released by Diagonal in 2019. It precedes a full-length LP, ‘Parallel Persia’, that arrives in May — accompanied by a new AV show.
Music : ATA ‘SOTE’ EBTEKAR (ELECTRONICS & ACOUSTIC) ARASH BOLOURI (SANTOUR + EXTENDED TECHNIQUE) POUYA DAMADI (TAR + EXTENDED TECHNIQUE)