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Alborz Trio: The Sound of Peace

Music Mode

Dig Dastgãh, a modal system of scales or instructions for melodic structures used in Persian music: The melodies described by the forms (there are 12 Dastgãhs) are used to elaborate on, balance, modulate and ornament the temporal and tonal direction in musical compositions. In realization this sort of musical complexity is quite as much beautiful as it is sublimely different from the sounds and scales we are used to hearing in Western music. Local players the Alborz Trio—Sourena Sefati (composer/santour), Deborah Leah Ungar (clarinet) and Gregory Gutin (percussion)—have become adepts at this ancient and arcane aural practice. They'll be presenting a recital of Persian music compositions, arrangements and improvisations based on the ideas enumerated in Dastgãh-based music theory on Saturday, April 1, at the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque. The concert is called The Sound of Peace. Sefati is an expert on the tradition, having performed for a multitude of recordings and concerts in his homeland of Iran before emigrating to the US in 2014, while Ungar and Gutin are longtime members of the local music community, serving as academics and working musicians involved in projects as diverse as the Rumelia Klezmer Band and Trio Andaluz. Tickets range in price from $15-$20; children under 12 may attend for free. (August March)

Saturday April 1, 2017

3701 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110






Deborah Leah Ungar

Phone: 505-577-2676
Website: Click to Visit

A performance featuring the Iranian santour, Bb and G clarinets and various percussion instruments combined to create modern folk music based in the dastgãh tradition.

Alborz Trio: The Sound of Peace - Albuquerque 

Date: April 1, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Doors: 5:30 

First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

$20 Adults; $15 students and seniors; Children under 12 Free 

Tickets available through Eventbrite, www.sourenasefati, 505-577-2676 and at the door.


Sourena Sefati (composer/santour), Deborah Leah Ungar (clarinet), Gregory Gutin (percussion) have combined their talents to share the music of Iran with local audiences. The dastgãh in Persian music is similar to the western musical scales (major and minor) and also Maqams in Turkish and Arabic music. The program will explore dastgah-e Homayun, Nava and Shur among others through arrangements and improvisations, including Kuch (Migration) and Gazaal, Dokhtar-e Boyerahmadi, Omid (Hope), Farah Afza, Khalseh and Kabooki.


Sourena Sefati was born in Ramsar, Iran in 1977. He began learning Santour at age eleven with Masters Esfandyar Shiroodi and Eskandar Hassas. He learned from “Radif Mirza Abdollah” as the Radif of Persian Classical Music with Masters Majid Kiani and Amir Okhovvat . Also, he learned the modern technics of playing Santour with Master Ardavan Kamkar (1997-2000). Sefati composed Iranian music for different ensembles. “Az Roozegare Rang Amiz (From Deceitful Ages)” is one of his albums recorded by Sepido Siah ensemble in 2012. He has performed on more than 50 albums in Iran with ensembles such as Sepido Siah, Bidel, Hazar Avaz, Rastak, Parnian, and Molana, and in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He was soloist at Iran Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (2009 to 2014), Iranian Chamber Orchestra (2009), and Mehrnavazan National Orchestra (2011). Sourena moved to the United States in 2014 and teaches Iranian music in Albuquerque. He joined Rahim AlHaj’s ensemble in 2016.


Deborah Leah Ungar is a pianist and multi-instrumentalist with a background in classical and world music. She is a recognized performer and educator in the classical genre. She performs with Sourena Sefati, Zevk Ensemble, Rumelia Klezmer Band and works as a freelance accompanist and chamber music performer in and around the southwest. With her former group, Rumelia, she performed traditional and contemporary music of the Balkans, Turkey, and Greece for folk dance groups and festivals around New Mexico and nationally. Deborah Leah Ungar is Adjunct Faculty at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Program and serves as a consultant to arts organizations locally and nationally in developing meaningful arts programming for their youngest audiences.


Gregory Gutin ~ Percussionist: Cajon, Darabuka, Bendir, Daf

A native of the Rocky Mountains, Gregory has lived in Northern New Mexico since 1992 as a musician, artist, educator and art therapist. He has worked in the Santa Fe Public Schools as a teaching artist with the Partners in Education Artworks Program for over 12 years, using both music and visual arts as a vehicle for inspiration and change. He works as a counselor with local youth to help inspire them towards a healthy, creative and mindful relationship with the multi-layered world we inhabit. He plays regularly with local groups EvaRusnik, Trio Andaluz and the Zevk Ensemble, along with a variety of other musical collaborations.


For more information: Deborah Leah Ungar, 505-577-2676, or