Arslan Hazreti

Azerbaijani kamancha player

Arslan Hazreti was born in Tabriz, Iran in 1976.  He began learning kamancha (Azerbaijani spike fiddle) at the age of 13.  When he was only 18 years old, Arslan performed on a self-built kamancha at the Fajr Music Festival in Tehran with Khananda vocalist Aghakhan Abdullayev and Qawwali vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  Arslan studied Mugham (Azerbaijani modal theory) under such masters as Cavit Murtezaoğlu and Adalet Vezirov.  He moved to Istanbul in 2004.  He has accompanied Susan Deyhim and Aynur Doğan, and has taught at Ross Daly’s Labyrinth Musical Workshop.  Arslan appears with the Mad Twinz and Abbos Kosimov in the Stereognosis music video for “Farewell”, which also features B-Boy Neguin and graffiti artist Omar Kabbani of Ashekman.   Here he is playing live on the banks of the Bosporus in Istanbul: