Thursday, May 31, 2012

FuseTar Lucifer, new 16-string instrument, created

FuseTar "Lucifer" is a triple-necked, 16-stringed, extraordinary new hand-made music instrument, created by Iranian multi-instrumentalist Shahab Tolouie ( ) around an ambitiously broad concept that in enabling connections between world musicalities, encompasses both aural and cultural traditions.

Approximately two years ago, Shahab Tolouie began the realization of his long-term idea to gather the diverse strands of Persian, jazz and flamenco together in a manner that incorporates modern technologies in one instrument to attain the precise timbres that are optimal for live
performance of his original style - Persian-flamenco fusion.

The name is derived from "fuse" - English for "fusion" and "tar" - Farsi for "strings," hence "fusion of strings." The nickname Lucifer is that of the mythological morning star, the bearer of light.

It took a year and half for two luthiers, Mehr & Owrang (Crimson Oath), to build the FuseTar. It is made of thirteen different types of wood and weighs 2.1 kg. With an acoustic chamber approximately 2cm larger than that on a regular guitar, the FuseTar possesses three necks. The uppermost is a fretless neck, which makes possible to play the quarter-tones peculiar to eastern music. The middle neck is the "guitar neck," a combination flamenco/jazz guitar configured with the "true temperament" fretting technology, which produces more accurate intonations and longer sustain than a normal guitar and is used, for example, by John McLaughlin and Steve Vai. The third neck is a Persian "setar neck" with four strings fretted for quarter-tones, a traditional instrument whose roots stretch back 2,000 years. This is the first time a traditional Persian instrument has been modernized with the fixed, "true temperament" fretting system.

At the same time FuseTar is a unique work of art - carefully decorated by elements from three of the most significant historical periods of the Persian Empire (Achaemenid: the Lion-griffin - a protector from evil; Parthian & Sassanid: Derafsh Kaviani - symbol of independence and freedom; Lion and Sun - which have always been associated with Persian royalty) ... and Faravahar - the best-known symbol of Zoroastrianism.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

any photo of this instrument? how does it look?