Santur, harp, and tabla as you've never heard them before.”

Amir Amiri on santur, Sarah Pagé on harp, and Shawn Mativetsky on tabla form the trio MATIVETSKY, AMIRI & PAGÉ, tasked with developing a new form of chamber music that is reflective of today's global society, uniting a myriad of traditions and practices. Musical adventurers, explorers, innovators, virtuosi, their collective creations combine tradition and modernity, emotion and spontaneity; a dynamic coming together of santur, harp, and tabla unlike anything you've heard before.



All photos by Caroline Tabah


Amir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran where much of his youth was spent studying the santur, a 72-string hammered dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music. Classically trained, Amiri has always sought to explore the limits of his music, stretching beyond the constraints of classical thought. Amiri has worked extensively as a performer, composer, musical director and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies, orchestras, concert series, and has considerable experience in film and television. While continuously exploring the limits of his music, Amir keeps coming back to the conclusion that there are none. 

To encapsulate the career of Montreal-based harpist Sarah Pagé, one would have to draw long, constellation-like shapes across genres, borders and histories. While perhaps best known as a founding and longtime member of roots rockers The Barr Brothers, a brief consideration of her resume reveals the fact that she’s equally at home within traditions as without them. Her first solo LP, Dose Curves, affirms this versatility and reveals Pagé as one of Canada’s most accomplished experimentalists. 

Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada's leading ambassadors of the tabla, pushing the boundaries of tradition. Acclaimed as an exceptional soloist and a leading disciple of the renowned Pandit Sharda Sahai, Shawn Mativetsky is highly sought-after as both performer and educator, and has performed at venues around the world. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His most recent work involves explorations with tabla, effects pedals, and synthesizers, along with the use of magnetic tape recording and manipulation.


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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

We thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its financial support.

We thank the Maison de la culture Ahuntsic for having hosted us for a research/creation residency.