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BIOGRAPHY OF Abdul Rahman Surizehi
« on: December 25, 2009, 10:48:29 PM »
Abdulrahman Surizehi both as a performing artist on Benju and a composer and arranger of contemporary melodies. The Baloch music is related to the musical traditions of southern Afghanistan, western Pakistan and eastern Iran, and has its very distinctive scales and rhythms. In dialog with tradition, Surizehi creates vital and creative musical expressions and styles within the Baloch musical traditions. Abdulrahman Surizehi is a world-class artist, and those in the know regard him as the world’s best player of the Balochi instrument Benju. He is originally from Balochistan, an area located in eastern Iran, western Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, and came to Norway in 1987. He works as a musician, appearing both solo and in various world music projects. He has a vital and creative way of playing and possesses a vast repertoire in Balochi folk music, and at the same time he is an innovative developer of the Balochi music tradition. His performance style is characterized by tremendous vitality and creativity. He has a large repertoire of pieces from within the Balochi tradition, while at the same time he further develops the tradition with his own innovations.

Abdulrahman Surizehi is considered among connoisseurs as the worlds leading performer on the Balochi instrument Benju. He reveals a vitality, creativity and exhibits extensive knowledge of Balochi tradition, as well as an outstanding mastering of comprehensive repertoires on the Benju. This he has picked up through innumerable meetings and recordings with several great masters both in Iran and Pakistan. The Benju is a dulcimer like instrument, which appeared in Balochistan in the first part of last century, presumably by way of Japan. In Balochistan it was developed and improved; the Balochi Benju is approximately one meter in length and is about twice the size of its closest relatives. The main string is double with accompanied strings on each side.

Abdulrahman benefited considerably through having a good teacher in his father, Joma Surizehi, who is considered central in improving the instrument, as well as consolidating the Benju in Balochi tradition. Abdulrahman lives in Oslo, and has in Norway been a contributor in several fusion based music projects, but is progressively performing on the international arena. He is known to a world audience through participation at festivals and concerts, and also for his brilliant contributions on Balochi recordings with the well-reputed French label Ocora, and with The EM Label. He has built up considerable prestige and fame among connoisseurs of Balochi tradition both inside Balochistan and beyond. In addition to Benju, Abdulrahman plays the double headed drum Doholak, Tanburag, Tabla and Sorud. On this album he is only playing Benju, as well as being composer and arrange some of the melodies.

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