The Musicians

Amir Eslami plays the nei, a reed flute which represents the Simorgh.

Amir composed chapters 3 and 12.


Nilufar Habibian plays the qanun, a plucked zither with a sweet, rippling sound that represents Prince Zal.

Nilufar composed chapters 5, 8, 10 and 11.

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Saeid Kord Mafi plays the santur, a hammered dulcimer with a glittering sound that represents the mountain of gems. Saeid also plays the daff frame drum which has small metal rings that represents the soldiers. The daff also features in the celebrations at the end of the story.

Saeid composed chapters 2 and 7.


Arash Moradi plays the tanbur, a long-necked lute that evokes the royal palace of ancient Iran and represents King Sam and Queen Aram.

Arash composed chapters 4 and 9.


Chapter 6 is based on a rhythmic cycle called 'Flowing Cycle' (Dowr-e Ravân) from the repertoire of 17th and 19th century Iranian-Ottoman court music.

Chapter 13 is based on a fragment of Naqsh-e Râst, an Iranian-Ottoman piece attributed to Abd ol-Qâder Marâghi, the 15th-century Iranian composer and theorist.


The music project was conceived and initiated by Professor Laudan Nooshin (City, University of London) and the Creative Producer and Assistant Editor was British-Iranian composer Soosan Lolavar.





The music was mixed, mastered and edited by Julius Johansson and other students at City, University of London (Malhar Kawre, Mara Miron, Olivia Cepress-Mclean). The music was recorded in the sound studios of the Music Department at City, University of London. 

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