Hamid Motebassem

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Video Index

– Childhood and Adolescence

– Studying in Tehran and Joining the Chavosh Group

– Immigration to Germany

– Continuing Career Path in the Tar and Setar Association and the Percussion Group

– Description of Professional Resume (Part One)

– Description of Professional Resume (Part Two)

– Relationship Between Three Generations of Iranian Musicians

– How do you envision the future of Iranian music?

– Changes and Developments in Iranian Regional and Classical Music

– Differences between your teaching method and traditional methods

– Why Iranian music doesn’t become global

– The impact of the digital world on the music industry

– The reason for the resemblance of Iranian pop music to lamentation singing

– What position does Iranian music hold in the West?

– Which composer do you lean towards more?

– How do you know when the stages of creating a piece have reached completion?

– What is your engagement with music?

– The key to success in maintaining work and effort

– Moments from your performances that you have felt proud of as an Iranian musician

– Stages of creating a piece

– Sources of inspiration for creating music

– How much has the taste of today’s listeners influenced your art?

– Dealing with negative criticism

– What was the best advice you have ever received?

– How does technology and social media influence the rise or fall of music?

– What surprises you the most in today’s world?


Hamid Motebassem was born in 1958 in Mashad, Iran. He was raised in a musical family, where his brother was a violinist and his first teacher was his father, Ali Motebassem who played the Tar. His subsequent teachers included the masters Habiballah Salehi, Zeydallah Toloie, Houshang Zarif, Hossein Alizadeh and Mohammad Reza Lotfi. Motebassem studied in the Tehran School of Art and the Conservatory of Persian Music. He was a member of the Chavosh Cultural Center where he taught music. One of the original members of Aref Ensemble, he founded Dastan Ensemble as well as Ensemble Chakavak, Mezrab & Pardis upon immigration to Germany in 1986.

Hamid Motebassem is the founder of the Society of Tar and Setar and has since 1994 organized annual seminars dedicated to the two instruments. He has performed on numerous albums of contemporary Iranian composers.

His own works include compositions for traditional instruments:

  • The recordings Bamdad
  • The Scent of Norooz
  • The Song of the Sea
  • Saz-e No, Avaz-e No, Dastan Trio
  • Dastan Duet
  • Hanaie and Shurideh, which won the title “Musical Shock“ in the music journal, Le Monde and received the 2003 Best Music of the Year Award from the French Ministry of Culture.
  • Birthday: 1958
  • Birthplace: Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran
  • Interview date: 02.08.2017 – 05.08.2017

Musician, Tar and Sitar Player

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