“You’ll be mesmerized by his Santur playing” CBC Radio host – Errol Nazareth
“It reminded me that good music is made of dreams and echo of dreams”— Prince Amyn of Aga Khan
Sina Bathaie, composer, Santur player based in Toronto, Canada is known for his unique style and approach toward Persian contemporary music. His hypnotic performances have garnered him fans from across the globe. Sina has been featured at festivals such as Luminato, Pacific Contact, Folk Music Ontario, CINARS, Mundial Montreal, Prismatic Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Fete de la Musique Mont Tremblant, as well as TV and radio appearances at CP24 and CBC Radio Metro Morning.
Sina developed his own style of music through music residencies and artistic collaborations and achieved a unique sound in world fusion music with his ensemble that includes Cello, Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Santur. His latest album Ray of Hope was released on Windcatcher Records in 2017 and was nominated for Best World Music Album of the Year in 16th annual Independent Music Award in NYC. His debut album Sound of Silence was released in 2012 and received warm critical acclaim.
Born in Iran, Sina started learning Santur at the age seven from his father, Master Javad Bathaie and studied Persian classical repertoire (Radif) with the instrument Oud. He later studied Composition and Orchestration at Berklee College of Music and has scored movies such as The Horse Latitudes, Un royaume déménage, Ameno and Mr Settled Immigrant.