Musical Traditions from the Middle East

Teaching Artist: Sandy Weltman

Farshid Soltanshahi and Sandy WeltmanFeaturing a wide array of exotic instruments, this performance focuses on the rich musical heritage of the Jews, Arabs and Persians. Through ancient stories and song, two of St. Louis’ most talented multi-instrumentalists, Farshid Soltanshahi, a native of Iran, and Sandy Weltman, lead the journey far to the Middle East.

Born in Iran in 1966, Farshid Soltanshahi started playing guitar at the age of 16. Later, Farshid turned to his native Persian music, especially the setar (a Persian lute). In 1996, in collaboration with jazz guitarist Pascal Scheaffer and bassist Bruno Barge, he formed the Latin jazz band, Internote, which toured Germany, France, and Luxembourg, where they recorded their debut CD.

Audience: Grades K-8
Format: Performance
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/Culture, Social Emotional Learning
Teaching Artist: Sandy Weltman and Farshid Soltanshahi

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