Salar Nader is one of the most sought-after young percussionists of his generation. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1981 to Afghan parents forced to flee their home during the Russian-Afghan war. Nader was just five-years-old when his family settled in the San Francisco, Bay Area. At age seven, he began studying with the legendary tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain. Nader already played tabla and was familiar with the basic rhythms of Afghan and Indian folk and pop music. He began classical training early, first concentrating on the spoken rhythmic language of North Indian percussion, tabla bols. He is an Afghan Ambassador to Children of War Foundation, and has also been an “Artist in Residance” at the following Universities in the U.S., University of Washington, Seattle, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, M.I.T., Cornell University, and Brandeis University. When Salar is home he makes time to teach privately and gives tabla lessons online. Salar believes strongly in passing down the knowlegde that has been shared by his Guru, Ustad Zakir Hussain.