Writing works that have been nationally and internationally performed, winning awards and medals and loving cups together with his name on them, and starting a four-year stint with the New England Philharmonic in 2019. So I can’t let you know any more about him than what he provides, which is just that he’s great. This instrument was the one most frequently played by Ostad Elahi, née Nur Ali (1895–1974), a tanbūr grasp and influ­ential Persian thinker and jurist.

Because Haji’s skilled arms delineate the music in this arresting manner, one must assume that her mind also absorbs it like a sponge, picking up each large or small element within the scores she plays and mentally fitting them together like a master weaver creating a piece of cloth. What she does is each deeply felt and musically exacting on the similar time, and it’s a shame that she isn’t higher known. …

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