Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Araz Salek began studying the tar from an early age. He continued his studies under two master tar players: Hooshang Zarif and Arshad Tahmasebi. Salek started teaching tar at music schools in Tehran and Toronto since 2000. He has been a guest teacher at the University of Alberta and the Labyrinth Workshop in Crete, Greece. In 2017 he co-founded Labyrinth Ontario, where he serves as Artistic Director. He has performed at major venues in the Toronto region, elsewhere in Canada, in Iran and across Europe. Since 2012 he has been part of the Toronto / Crete quartet “This tale of ours,” with Pedram Khavarzamini, Kelly Thoma, and Ross Daly. He has appeared on several recordings and in 2008 released a critically well-received solo album, Birth.