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by Naser Cheshmazar
Naser Cheshmazar (1950 to 2018) was an Iranian musician and composer. Naser Cheshmazar was born Naser Sazat Azar in Ardabil, Iranian Azerbaijan, Iran, on December 31st 1950 (a part of Persia at that time, it remains unconnected to the separate Republic of Azerbaijan). His own father, Isma'il Azar, taught him in the early stages of his music education, and his childhood instrument of choice was the accordion. He first played it on the country's radio network from as young as twelve years old, and received a special music award at high school for his playing of the instrument a year later. At the age of 17, Azar then led a concert at the Iranian embassy in Iraq, and at 18 toured further abroad with the female vocalist Googoosh. Two years after that, he went to the United States to practice more musical genres, including 'jazz', and on his return took the professional name 'Naser Cheshmazar'. He became the head of an orchestra for a short while, before taking over some of the TV and radio work previously done by the broadcaster Parviz Gharib Afshar, who had exiled himself to the USA due to the changing political situation. During this time, he studied music further under Morteza Hannah and Milik Aslanih, finally completing graduate courses with them and returning to the US in 1979 to take a further five year 'jazz' music course. As well as becoming a respected musician, he also developed as a composer of music in many styles, such as solo vocal and choral music, instrumental music, electronic music and music combining multiple genres (the latter included crossovers of classical music, musical theatre, 'blues', 'folk' music, 'jazz' and popular music). As one of the pioneers of electronic music back in his home country, Cheshmazar released an extremely popular album in that vein, called "Rain of Love" (1994). He was also instrumental in the production of the soundtrack for the film "Loot" (released in Iran in 1984 and directed by Iraj Ghaderi), following which he began a parallel career in the field of film music. Naser Cheshmazar died from a heart attack in Tehran on May 4th 2018, aged 67.
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Posted: 19th June 2018
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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