Gadi Halili- Musician

Gadi Halili was born on August 22, 1969 and grew up in Tel Aviv. His parents immigrated to Israel from Iran in the 1950′s, hailing from the city of Mashhad, which boasted a large Jewish community. Gadi was raised on Persian music, and over ten years ago began to learn to play the Santoor, studying with a private teacher who immigrated to Israel from Iran, bringing with him the secrets of this ancient instrument. The Santoor has a history of over 3,000 years. The instrument is mentioned in the bible in The Book of Daniel by its original name psaltery.  The earliest archeological evidence of the Santoor is a rock carving from 667 B.C.  Throughout the ages, a repertoire of classical Persian pieces was performed in the courtyards of Persian kings and princes, as the musical tradition of the Persian empire was passed on from generation to generation through the playing of this instrument.
The Santoor is composed of 72 copper-steel strings tuned to half and quarter tones and is played by striking the strings with delicate wooden mallets. The body of the instrument is trapezoidal-shaped; its pure and varied sounds reflect the beautiful Mediterranean scenery and evoke a magical atmosphere of calmness and peace. The exquisite sound of the Santoor transports the listener to places far away and long ago. Gadi performs solo pieces of varied styles  and lengths.
( Translation Ilene Moskowitz)

Gadi plays persian Santur
Gadi plays persian Santur

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