dial:music, episode 19: setar

Has live music become irrelevant because of the playlists on your smartphone?

No, quite the contrary.
Let’s investigate how much music fits into the world’s smallest performing space; Berlin’s last existing telephone booths. Analog meets acoustic, nostalgia meets the contemporary. Enjoy the trip.

Visit our older sista with synthetic music for dancing, the Teledisko:

Have a look at these people recording international musicians in Berlin’s staircases:


Episode 19 – we proudly present Jawad Salkhordeh


He plays an improvisation on the Persian lute Setar.




Jawad Salkhordeh is a percussionist from Qaemshahr in northern Iran, not far from the Caspian Sea, in the province of Mazandaran. He started playing music as a child, together with his uncle, Abdolhasan Khoshroo. Khoshroo is a master singer and player of the Laleva (flute) and a prominent figure in the Folk Music from the province Mazandaran. As a teenager, Salkhordeh picked up the Tombak by accident for a school event. It has been his main instrument ever since but he also perfected his playing skills on Daf, Duf, Udu an various other percussion instruments. Salkhordeh also plays the Setar, a Persian long-necked lute. To develop the social aspect of drums in society, he currently attends an advanced course in Music Therapy.

He studied with the Tombak-Master Bahman Rajabi (*1939). Rajabi added ten new Riz to the previous five traditional Riz (the most difficult playing technique in which the fingers roll on the skin rapidly and periodically in a given manner) also combining the rolls of the right and left hand.

You can listen to Salkhordeh playing Tombak in our episode 13

dial:music, episode 13: tombak

Salkhordeh plays the Daf in our episode 15

dial:music, episode 15: daf

And Salkhordeh plays Duf in our episode 17

dial:music, episode 17: duf

People who he has played with include the Syrian Oud player Nabil Arbaain and he has shared the stage with the choreographer Modjgan Hashemian.
Salkordeh is a member of the Trio Moj, together with the Setar and Tar player Mohammad Reza Alizadeh and Pouya Khoshravesh, who plays Oud and Kamancheh. Because they all are from Mazandaran, they play classical Persian music and Folk music from Northern Iran.
In 2016, Salkordeh founded the Duo Safar together with the drummer Jacob Przemus.
You can see them in the busking areas at Rudolstadt Festival on July 7th.

You can learn to wake up the bass from a Daf in a workshop with Salkhordeh on July 9th at Groove – Center for Percussion in Berlin.




Our loveable series takes a summer break. We will be back with Hurdy-Gurdy on August 4th.


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