Mohammad Heydari was a santur player, who lived and performed in Iran until the 1979 revolution. He migrated to Italy and ultimately to Los Angeles.
The santur is a hammered dulcimer with a 3-octave range. To achieve its range, it has 18 bridges and strings made of three different metals.
Heydari (January 1937-August 23, 2016) was the composer of the nostalgic songs “Zahre Jodai” and “Bahar Bahar,” both of which were performed by the popular female Iranian singer Hayedeh, who also moved to Southern California.