Shahab Tolouie and Jan Urbanec: My Lost Smile

Jan Urbanec sent us a note about his new project, and a video to go along with it. The duo pairs the bassist with Shahab Tolouie.

“It is a fusion of Flamenco, Persian traditional music and modern groove,” explains Jan. “Shahab comes from Iran, studied flamenco in Spain and lives now in Prague.”

Jan once again plays his semi-acoustic fretless, where he holds down a solid groove. Shahab plays a pretty remarkable instrument – a triple-neck fusetar, playing the theme of the song on both guitar and Persian Setar.

“The use of the little chain and coins on the 1st bass string… adds a tambourine-like sound to the overall sound,” they share.

It all adds up to one unique tune. We dig it.

Have a video to share? Email us at

An interesting footnote, from Shahab:

“I love the honesty of a good duo and trio. They’re my favorite formations. There have been fantastic [history making trios] such as the Police, Cream and the Guitar Trio. It can express the music in a very honest way. A duo is even more challenging. As simple as it may sound, yet hard as a rock. Since you can’t hide your mistakes behind other instruments, you have to play good. And that’s good about it.”

Get the Daily Bass Video in your inbox.

Sign up to get the daily bass video delivered to you.

Share your thoughts

  1. Oh man, so cool! I love the tambourine sounding piece on the bassist’s G string. Great idea.

  2. Thank you for featuring our video. :) We’re glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Very unique and awesome playing.

  4. Great Stuff! I hope you don’t mind me “stealing” some of your licks!

  5. Yay, ghosts notes used stylistically rather than in a passing phrase

  6. i love the ebb and flow of this piece