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Meet the Tar İnstrumentalist Iranian Girl: Negar Amjad

Hi Negar! Your covers and energy impressed us. We wanted to talk to you about music.

Hi. Thank you for inviting me for this interview.

Where did you get your music education? What drove or inspired you to music?

I was very interested in music from the beginning and one day I decide to go music academy and started learning it from music academies. I have been continuing it professionally for 4 years now.

The greatest love in the world for me I can say music. Besides my main motivation was my father. Even now he is very happy that I am a musician.

My mother accompanies me in this way, and they have always supported me. I appreciate them for supporting me.

Let's start with Iran. How is the music in Iran? Is the point of view towards music always the same, are there any exceptions?

Iranian music is a piece of traditional music also known as original Iranian music, Iranian classical music, and instrumental music, including instruments, songs, and chants, has been practiced among the Iranian people from the years BC to the present day. Also, music is more present simpler and more enjoyable, and I think it is more understandable and more available nowadays.

Yes, there are different perspectives that emerge every day. And it has an impact on the style of music.

Do you think it is directly proportional to society? Does the society you live in also affect your art?

Yes, it does. The interest of the people of a society and their point of view can lead to the development of a work of art. All works of art are related to society because they originate from within society.

Yes, as I said, the people of a society influence all works of art, and music is one of them. In my community, my interest in traditional music motivates me to be more active in this field.

You play the piano, besides, there is an instrument of your own country. We were very curious if you could give us some brief information about it.

Of course, I am a Tar player.

The Tar is an Iranian stringed instrument that is played with a percussion instrument. Tar is common in Iran and some other parts of the Middle East, such as Tajikistan, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and other parts of the Caucasus, for playing the traditional music of these countries and regions.

Do you sing? Or are you just in favor of stealing?

No, unfortunately, I sing and I'm just a musician. I hope I can learn it in the future.

As you know, Turkish and Persian cultures are quite intertwined. We can understand this when we look at the literature. Arab, Iranian and Ottoman cultures were blended. Do you think this may be reflected in the music? What do you think about this subject?

Yes, we can see these subscriptions everywhere. This effect can now be seen in music as well. This is also the case in the poems of famous poets such as Rumi and Hafez Saadi.

Music is heard with the hearts of human beings. Human hearts are connected, and music strengthens the bond between hearts.

Are you interested in Turkish culture and music? Maybe your favorite artists?

Yes, I'm interested in Turkish music and I will try to get more information about it.

So who is the artist that influenced you the most?

From the beginning, I was very interested in the voices of Homayoun Shajarian and Mohammad Reza Shajarian. The Shajarian family has a heavenly voice, and I can say that I am very happy to hear their voice.

Finally, what do you want to say?

Thank you for giving me an interview experience in such a beautiful magazine.


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