Dariush Dolat-Shahi began studying Persian folk music at the age of ten at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. After graduating with a degree in music from Tehran University, he was offered a fellowship at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht and the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. In the late '70s - early '80s, Dolat-Shahi came to the United States to attend Columbia University. It was there that he studied with electronic music pioneers Mario Davidovsky, Vladimir Ussachevsky, and Bülent Arel and recorded Electronic Music, Tar and Sehtar at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. It's a unique album that seamlessly blends two seemingly disparate musical influences to wonderful effect. Highly recommended - download.