Artist Profiles: Houman Pourmehdi

Houman Pourmehdi

Houman Pourmehdi plays tombak (goblet drum). He is well known for his diverse abilities as a musician, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. Pourmehdi’s deep understanding of the Persian musical heritage and his belief in exploring new territories make him a unique musician. He has played a pivotal part in advancing the tombak’s role in ensemble work with his distinct style in playing tombak.

Pourmehdi has won acclaim throughout the world both as a solo artist and as an accompanist for some of the world’s most prestigious and renowned artists such as Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Wadada Leo Smith, Rajeev Taranath, John Bergamo, to name a few.

Discography:

Quest, with Amir Koushkani ‎(Songlines Recordings, 1998)
Maiden’s Prayer, with Lisa Lynne (New Earth Records, 2001)
Lulka, withVanja Lazarova, Miroslav Tadić (Third Ear Music, 2003)
Earthsea, soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande, 2004)
Psalms album ‎(Al Urmawi Center For Mashreq Music, 2005)
Hand’Stan ‎(Hands On’Semble, 2006)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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