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Negar Booban

Negar Bouban Iranian musician and Ud player, born in Tehran, Iran, 1973.

At the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, getting an MA degree in Architecture, with the design of Tehran future Conservatory, focusing on special acoustic design for Iranian music rehearsal venues, she concurrently studied music and musical acoustics.
Mastered playing Ud and Iranian Radif with the renowned Iranian Ud master Mansur Nariman, Negar has been working with different bands of Iranian Classical music for over a hundred live performances and several recordings since 1994, along with frequent recitals at the Faculty of Fine arts, Fajr and Yas Music Festivals, and radio programs. She's also worked as an instructor of Ud and Iranian music (theory and practice) for 10 years, and cooperated with Mansur Nariman in notating and editing of his two books for Ud players: "42 pieces for Ud" and "The seven Dastgah-s of Iranian Radif for Ud". Negar is an instructor of Ud at Tehran Conservatory of Music now.
With a basic knowledge of acoustics and musical acoustics, Negar got interested in principles of Iranian music of the past and with the well known researcher Dr. Khosro Moulana, she went through the treatises from 10th to 16th century (A.D.) by Farabi, Safi-aldin Ormavi, and Abdolqader Maraqi, as well as other sources for research, like miniatures and wall paintings. This led Negar to a research career and academic life, lecturing at Universities of Tehran, Honar, and IRIB (Faculty of Radio and Television). Following the path, she has also done a PhD in Art Research, her thesis on a comparative study of rhythm in Iranian music and Persian language, with Iranian maestro Hossein Alizadeh as the music supervisor.
Negar Booban is deeply involved with the art of improvisation, both in traditional way of Dastgah concept and in free improvisation on themes of various origins and modes. A manifestation of this is made in her solo Ud album: "Payaapey" (continuous), with each piece improvised on a pre-composed short theme, recorded in one take. The album was released in August 2008.