Negar Bouban, Aoud solo

with Negar Bouban, Tehran

Negar Bouban

Negar Bouban is an Iranian musician and Oud 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 Persian music rehearsal venues, she studied music and musical acoustics at the same time which finally ended in a PhD in Art Studies focusing on Persian Music Theory, with a comparative study of rhythm in Iranian music and Persian language, with the Iranian Music master Hossein Alizadeh as her music supervisor.

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Mastered playing Oud and Persian Dastgah Music with the renowned Iranian Oud master Mansur Nariman, Negar has been working with different ensembles of Persian Classical music for many live performances and recordings since 1994, along with frequent recitals and radio programs. She’s also worked as an instructor of Oud and Persian music (theory and practice) for over 15 years, and cooperated with Mansur Nariman in notating and editing of his two books for Oud players: “42 pieces for Oud” and “The seven Dastgah-s of Iranian Radif for Oud”. Negar has been an instructor of Oud at Tehran Conservatory of Music and a lecturer at the Music Departments of Tehran University and Shiraz Azad University for years now.

With a basic knowledge of acoustics and musical acoustics, Negar got interested in principles of Iranian music of the past. With the well-known researcher Dr. Khosro Moulana, she studied the main generative ideas in the music treatises from 10th to 16th century (A.D.) by Farabi, Safi-aldin Ormavi, and Abdolqader Maraqi, as well as other sources of information on music of the past, like miniatures and wall paintings. This led Negar to one of the most peculiar music projects of the recent years in Iran: the revival of the repertoire attributed to Maraqi; a project directed by the established musicologist Mohammad Reza Darvishi to gather the repertoire of the 16th century musician and have it played and recorded. The project was published in 2011 under the title “Showqnameh”.

Negar Bouban always enjoys exploring different music worlds and for that she has experienced a variety of music collaborative projects, of which the most recent and a very successful one has been with Eurasians Unity: a jazz-based project that won the RUTH prize at the TFF Rudolstadt 2015. Negar is also 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. Manifestations of this were made in her solo albums:

  • Payapey” (continuous)- Tehran 2008
  • Be Hengam” (In Turn)-New York 2010
  • Dar Gozar” (Through)-New York 2012
  • Her 4th solo album “DASTANI NA TAZEH” (A-NO-NEW-STORY) is a live solo stage performance and is just released this summer in both CD and DVD format.


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