Dr. Hossein Omoumi (Iran), voice and nai
Hossein Omoumi was born to an artistic family in Isfahan, the capital of Persia from the 16th to 18th centuries and home to many artists and musicians. He began his musical training by studying singing with his father. At age 14, fascinated by the sound of the ney (Persian reed flute), Dr. Omoumi began to study the recordings of Master Hassan Kassa’i. In 1962, he entered the National University of Iran to study architecture, where he also entered many musical competitions. His ney-playing caught the attention of the judges, and with their recommendation he entered the National Conservatory of Music, where he studied music theory and vocal repertoire with Master Mahmood Karimi. In 1969, he finally met Hassan Kassa’i himself, and under his supervision Dr. Omoumi began to study ney in depth.
In 1972, Hossein
Omoumi received his doctorate in Architecture from
the University of Florence, Italy. He then divided his time between teaching
architecture and music, collaborating with the Iranian National Radio and
Television and teaching ney at the Center for
Preservation and Dissemination of Music, the National Conservatory, and
has been invited to teach at many distinguished universities, including UCLA,
the Sorbonne, and the
Dr. Omoumi has brought both his artistic sensibility and his training in design to bear in his innovations to instrument design. He has added a key (hand-carved out of horn) to his ney-s to extend the range and flexibility of the instrument. He has also devised a system for tuning the tombak and daf. For more information visit Dr. Omoumi’s website: www.omoumi.com.