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"Laudation to the God of majesty and glory. Obedience to him is a cause of approach and gratitude in increase of benefits. Every inhalation of the breath prolongs life and every expiration of it gladdens our nature; wherefore every breath confers two benefits and for every benefit gratitude is due."
"Whose hand and tongue is capable to fulfill the obligations of thanks to him?"

~ Saadi ~

Masoud Habibi

Masoud Habibi became familiarized with music in his childhood and commenced learning the piano at the age of 12. At the invitation of the Kermanshah (Province in the west of Iran) Radio Station, he played the piano in the Radio Orchestra thereof in 1357 of the Iranian calendar (1978). He was invited to collaborate with the Tehran Radio and Television in 1367 (1988). The aforementioned developed a passion for learning Daf in parallel with playing the piano, the guitar, some percussion instruments and the other musical instruments.

Works

He has played the Piano and Daf in more than 2000 existing music works in the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) as well as over 130 music albums. He has also played the same musical instruments in the theme songs in about 30 Persian films, the most popular of which are Imam Ali, The Only Commander, Love Province, etc.

He collaborated with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and various other traditional Persian bands such as Aref, Bidel, and Nava. He also cooperated with assorted Folklore and Tanbur (An Iranian string instrument) bands. He has given a variety of performances of solo, duet, and trio along with some prominent Iranian masters of Persian music such as Shahriar Faryousefi, Hadi Montazeri.

Books

He has introduced a new method of playing the Daf by making his every effort and integrating scientific principles with artistic ones. This modern method has already been published in a book in three volumes to be utilized by music enthusiasts. He has written a seven-volume training book that will be launched soon.

Products

He evolved the structure of Daf and designed a new model of it, in which the same skin was employed in "side drums". This kind of Daf, which is appropriate for Orchestra players, is free from the sound alteration problem produced as a result of humidity and temperature change. All of the Daf products produced by him come in various tunes and sizes.