Persian Setar Hero Sahba Motallebi Shreds at the Museum of Jurassic Technology

The Museum of Jurassic Technology is an outlandish urban wondercabinent and one of L.A.'s best kept secrets. But one of the best kept secrets at the museum is not the horned woman, or the teleporting bat, or even memorial to dogs of the Soviet space program.

Instead, the museum's greatest secret is its music programing, which is always interesting and limited to only a few people who can fit in their small tea room. On Sunday March 27th, The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Information brings Persian musician Sahba Motallebi to the MJT to perform classical music from on the guitar-like tar and setar.

According to the MJT, "Tradition holds that melodies played upon a tar may furnish relief from melancholia, insomnia, and epilepsy." Motallebi won the best tar player in the Iranian Music festival (presumably spawning an upcoming video game: Tar Hero), and will certainly hold true to the Museum's stellar programing.

And yes, it does sound a little like Led Zeppelin. And yes, she freakin' shreds that tar!

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Motallebi's esteemed background and music after the jump.

Sahba Motallebi was born in 1978 in Tehran, Iran, and started playing traditional Persian music at an early age. She is a graduate of Tehran Conservatory and has studied tar and setar under master players Fariborz Azizi and Hossein Alizadeh. She continued her formal studies in composition at St Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, and attended the R.G.S University, Turkey, for a comparative study of Persian and Turkish music.

Sahba was awarded and recognized as the best Tar player by the Iranian Music Festival for four years in a row, from 1995 to 1998. In 2000 she joined the Iranian National Orchestra and since then she has performed Persian classical music around the world.

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