Masoumeh Jamalinia, Iranian Setar Player

A chance posting on an email discussion list led me to Masoumeh Jamalinia, a young Iranian journalist working for BBC Monitoring in Tbilisi. Putting her in touch with The Sayat Nova Project, who were recording the minority and majority traditional music of the region, we all met up at a Persian Tea House in the Old Town of the Georgian capital for an impromptu recording and photo session.

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Ashiq Qarib, Ethnic Azeri Musician

Ashiq Qarib is a 75-year-old ethnic Azeri bard from Algeti, a village in a mainly Azeri-populated region of Georgia. According to the Sayat Nova Project, Ashiq Garib has become the main mentor and teacher for a new generation of Ashiqs and Saz players. Ethnic Azeri Ashiqs in Georgia, for example, can be considered more melancholic in their choice of subject matters than their counterparts in Azerbaijan proper.

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