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Darius Kadivar writes: I'd like to name Kamran Hooshmand as Iranian of the Day, Kameran initiated a very original Orchestra in 1987 called "1001 Nights" at a small acoustic venue in Austin called Chicago House. Kamran Hooshmand brings the sounds of his native Iran and Persian music with the oud, guitar, rabab, santour, saz, and vocals; Ken Maranian's playing marks a distinctive sound from Armenia and the Caucuses on the clarinet, zurna, and duduk; while other members of his orchestra like Don Weeda brings in Eastern European and Balkan flavors on the accordion; and Lauren DeAlbert adds the beats with her dumbek, darabukkah, riqq, zils, dijiridoo, castanets, dafs and various other percussion instruments. Perhaps the highlight of the group's performances has been their live production of an original score to the 1924 silent classic film, "The Thief of Bagdad." >>> Music from Hooshmand "Ojala"

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