Hooshang Kamkar

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Hooshang Kamkar
Birth name Hooshang Kamkar
Born 1946 (age 68–69)
Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran
Origin Sanandaj, Kurdistan, Iran
Genres Traditional Kurdish and Persian
Years active ? - present
Website www.kamkars.net/Hooshang

Hooshang Kamkar (Persian: هوشنگ کامکار Kurdish: Hoşeng Kamkar) (born 1946) is an Iranian Kurdish musician.

He was born in Sanandaj, a city in Kurdistan province in Iran. He started his musical training with his father, Hassan Kamkar. Later, he attended the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran University, the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome and the University of San Francisco in USA.[1] He is a prolific composer, writer and translator. Among his best-known compositions are, The Victory of Bahman, Marigold, God Ship Martyrs, Abidar's Springs In Memory of Hafez, Dar Golestaneh, Shabahengam, Kuhsar Symphony, Chant of Drums.

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Along with his sister and six brothers, Hooshang is a member of the Kamkars group. They are "a Kurdish family of seven brothers and a sister, are undeniably one of the leading musical ensembles in Iran today. Their repertoire ranges from the vast array of Kurdish music with its poignant, entrancing melodies and uplifting high energy rhythms to the traditional classical music of Iran. The repertoire of Kurdish music is richly diverse and deeply rooted in the ancient history and culture of its proud and passionate people. It speaks of epic tales and wars, romantic love, and recounts ancient myths and stories of national and religious heroes, some of which date back to thousands of years to the time of the ancient Medes (the ancestors of the Kurds)."[2]

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