London, England – Zarbang has a new CD entitled
Persian and Middle Eastern Percussion, on ARC Music.
Zarbang was created by leading Iranian percussionists Behnam Samani, Morteza
Ayan and Siavash Yazdanifar in Germany with the double aim of introducing
Iranian percussion instruments to international audiences and combining them
with percussive and melodic instruments from other cultures.Zarbang’s
strength lies in its ability to create a new sound by fusing instruments of
various cultures while staying true to the essence and origin of each
instrument. Their new sound entails the use of vocalization, melody and
various effects in the context of percussion.
Zarbang’s repertoire of
composed pieces and structured improvisations are dynamic, meditative and
internal on one hand and ecstatic and trance inducing on the other with the
latter drawing upon Sufi and ancient Iranian rhythms where the daf plays a
pivotal role in inducing trance states.