Nahoft Music Center
Nahoft Music Center was established in 1989 by Jahanshah Saremi, with Instructional and cultural objectives. Since correct and methodical foundations in artistic fields for children and adolescents always entail brilliant future results as well as many achievements in line with sublime cultural values, with regards to its cultural and artistic commitments, this center has focused on training children and adolescents in Tar and Setar performance. In addition to providing a correct instructional methodology for Tar and Setar, which consists of accurate techniques of performance, theories of music, solfeggio, the works of Persian classical music maestros and the radif of seven dastgahs of the Persian music, it also aims to acquaint the trainees with artistic music and make them much more determined in traveling on the road to the cultural values of Persian music.
The curriculum of Nahoft Music Center is as follows:
1. Tar & Setar Teaching Methodology An Elementary Course (Book1&2) Based on the Compilation of Roohollah Khaleghi Instruction & Methodology by Jahanshah Saremi Under the supervision of Hossein Alizadeh
2. Book Three of Music School compiled by Moussa Ma’roufi
3. Book One of Setar and the intermediate level of Tar and Setar by Hossein Alizadeh.
4. Ten Pieces For Tar vols: (1, 2 , 3 , 4) by Hossein Alizadeh.
5. The works of Persian classical Music by such maestros as Gholamhossein Darvish, Aliakbar Shahnazi, Alinaghi Vaziri, Roukneddin Mokhtari, Aboulhassan Saba etc.
6. Mirza Abdoullah’s radif – the version of Noorali Boroumand
7. Old songs by Amir Jahed and Aref- the versions of Abdoullah Davami – (Faramarz Payvar)
One of the major activities of this Center was the establishment of Nahoft Ensemble in 1995. This Ensemble consists of young trainees who started their activities under Jahanshah Saremi’s supervision.
The followings are the main goals of the Ensemble:
1. Attracting and Fostering youths’ faculties in music.
2. Offering different trainings in the field of solo and Ensemble performance.
3. Elevating youths’ standard of musical culture.
4. Facilitating concert and stage performance for youths.
After receiving the preliminary trainings, the young candidates of Tar and Setar of the Center will enter Nahoft Ensemble. This, in fact, consists of another section of their instruction not attainable in private classes. This Ensemble has also attracted those trainees of other instruments such as Kamancheh and Santur etc.
The establishment of an instructional and educational site is another step taken by Nahoft. Its goals are as follows:
1- Introducing the activities of Nahoft Music Center.
2- Introducing the activities of Nahoft Music Ensemble.
3- Giving comprehensive music instructions to Tar and Setar students specially those who are in other cities and countries and naturally lack instructional facilities.
4- Familiarizing the youths with maestros of music.
5- Having direct and quick contact with music trainees.
6- Bringing young trainees into Nahoft Ensemble.
7- Exchanging ideas with other educational music centers.
This site is completely private and has no connection with any other organization – state or private. Its budget comes directly and solely from Nahoft Music Center and incomes gained by concerts performed by the Center. The Centers shows appreciation and welcomes experts for their suggestions and cooperation and those of music lovers.
* Nahoft means covered or hidden. In music, however, it is one of the twenty four branches of Persian classical music, the name of one of the gushehs of dastgah-e-Nava (a name of Iranian classical music modal system)