Hamid Motebassem

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Hamid Motebassem
Hamid Motebassem playing setar
Background information
Birth name Hamid Motebassem
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Origin Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
Genres Persian traditional music
Occupation(s) Composer, performer
Instruments Tar, Setar
Website www.motebassem.com

Hamid Motebassem (Persian: حمید متبسم) (b. 1958 Mashhad) is a classical Persian musician and tar and setar player.

His first teacher was his father. Later, he studied with musicians like Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Hossein Alizadeh and Hushang Zarif. In 1991, Motebassem founded Dastan ensemble [1] which is one of the outstanding ensembles of contemporary Persian music.


- Simorq (based on Ferdowsi's Shahnameh) for voice, choire and orchestre of Persian instruments [2]

- Zemzeme-haa [Whispers], for voice and Persian instruments [3]

- Darya, for traditional Persian instruments.


  1. ^ www.dastan.net
  2. ^ Seemorgh Project website
  3. ^ New female-hope for Persian classical music