A prominent figure in Iranian Music
Nasser Farhangfar was born in Tehran in 1947, and died in 1998. He started playing tombak at an early age of nine. At this time he regularly went to the local traditional Zourkhaneh, not to watch the athletes, but to listen to the rhythms of the zarb used in training the athletes. Later he studied with Mohammad Torkaman to have a better understanding of the fundamental techniques of tombak. Torkaman was one of the best students of Master Amir-Nasser Eftetah.
Farhangfar continued his music studies with masters like Nour Ali Boroumand and Abdollah Davami. In 1970 he started to work at the National Radio and Television with Master Aliasghar Bahari and Lotfollah Majd. He also worked with Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Parviz Meshkatian, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, and Dariush Tallai in the orchestra of Center for the Preservation and Dissemination of Music. He had also performed in numerous concerts at Shiraz Arts Festival.
Farhangfar was considered to be one of the top musicians of Iran. He had his own style and technique in playing the tombak; he was familiar with the Radif and kept many of forgotten old songs as well. His unique development of rhythm had always melodically inspired those who played with him. Aside from his mastery of tombak, Farhangfar was a poet and familiar with the art of calligraphy. He was one of the most important figures who had influenced the understanding of the rhythms of Iranian music and his book on this issue, "Mizanol A'zam", is published.