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Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Araz Salek began studying the tar from an early age under the instructions of Tofigh Iranparvar. He continued his studies of tar and radif with Hooshang Zarif and Arshad Tahmasebi. Araz has been teaching tar and radif at various music schools in Tehran and Toronto since 2000. He has been a guest teacher at the Labyrinth Workshop in Crete, Greece. In 2017 he co-founded Labyrinth Ontario, where he serves as Artistic Director. He has performed at major venues in the Toronto region, where he now calls home, elsewhere in Canada, in Iran and across Europe. Since 2012 he has been part of the Toronto / Crete quartet “This tale of ours,” with Ross Daly, Pedram Khavarzamini, and Kelly Thoma. He has appeared on several recordings and in 2008 released a critically well-received solo album, Birth.