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Khorshid Dadbeh is a young Iranian tar, tanbour, and setar player. She grew up in an artistic family and started her musical journey playing setar with her father and after went to study at the Conservatory of Tehran. She studied tanbour with Sohrab Pournazeri and tar with Houshang Zarif, Katrin Kimiai, and Ali Ghamsari.

She stepped into professional activities when she was only sixteen years old performing with the Shams Ensemble. During all these years she has had the privilege of joining artists and musicians in their tours, both internationally and within Iran. 

Khorshid Dadbeh completed her musical studies with a master’s degree at Codarts, the University for the Arts in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She is currently performing music compositions and improvisations from Iran and collaborating with international musicians. She is a very talented artist and performed already at festivals like Le Guess Who? and the Sacred Music Festival of Fez.

As a solo artist she plays her repertoire from Iran in different ways: the more ”traditional, classical way”, so acoustic like; and also with a more contemporary set-up, in which she uses loops to create a tapestry of sounds.

Apart from her solo career she also has a duo named Hamraaz with a duduk and flute player. Furthermore she established a musical collective called Jansouz which is named after the artistic name of her grandfather, a renowned maestro in the field of singing and the cultural history of Iranian music. At the moment her brother Sepand and herself form the duo Jansouz.

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