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Music

Neil has been a musician since he was 7.  He started performing at age 12, and has done more than 1,000 performances in many parts of the world, many with his wife, singer / dancer Robyn Friend.

He started on the flute and flamenco guitar.  As a teenager, he was introduced to a musician from Turkey and started studying and playing Ottoman art music.  Just a few years later, he was introduced to a master musician from Iran (Mortezâ Varzi), and started studying Persian art music.  He has played the târ (a long-necked lute from Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkey), the ney  (the wooden flute of Turkey), and the kaval  (the wooden flute of Bulgaria) each for more than 40 years.