Iran Music Ancient Persian Harp

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A group of Iranian musicians led by Abdolali Baqerinejad is slated to hold a concert using replicas of various ancient Persian harps. 

The group will introduce and play Sassanid and Elamite harps as well as a 13th-century harp, Fars News Agency reported. 

The concert will also provide participants with basic information on the history of the Persian ‘Chang’, a musical instrument similar to the harp.

Baqerinejad has made the instruments, using ancient pictures and manuscripts about the design of Chang. 

One of the harps designed by Baqerinejad has been made based on a 6,000-year-old instrument, believed by some experts to be the world’s first string instrument. 

Chang was a popular instrument in ancient Persia and a recurring theme in many of the country’s miniatures and manuscripts. 

The concert will be held from March 11 to 13, 2009 in the Iranian city of Karaj near the capital of Tehran.

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