Homayoun Shajarian, born in 1975, is the son of master vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian. He began playing tombak (goblet drum) at the age of five and later attended the Tehran Conservatory of Music.
As well as tombak, Homayoun plays the kamancheh and studies the vocal tradition with his father. Since 1991 he has played in many ensembles accompanying his father on tombak in concerts in Europe, Iran and North America.
As a disciple of his father, Homayoun has developed many similar vocal qualities and will continue a new generation of the great Persian vocal tradition.
Without You (World Village, 2002)
Masters Of Persian Music – Faryad (World Village, 2003)
Na Shakiba (Ryan Production, 2004) Mayeh-ye Dashti / Mayeh-ye Isfahan (Celestial Harmonies, 2009) Simorq (Celestial Harmonies, 2013)
Emshab Kenar-e Ghazalhaye Man Bekhab (Barbad Music, 2017)
Ba setareh ha
Ab, nan, Avaz
Ey jan-e jan bi man maro
Beyond Any Form
Neither Angel Nor Devil
The Occult And The Intoxicated – Mastoor o Mast
The Lords Of Secrets – Khodavandane Asrar
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.
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)
Behnam Samani was born in 1967 in Tschaher Mahai Bakhtiari in Iran. He studied tombak for 13 years with D. Mohebi in Isfahan. He has been performing in Europe since 1987 and has collaborated with some of the most celebrated iranian musicians including F. Paewar, M. Zarief and R. Badie. He has also worked with international artists such as H. Charasia, D. Schneider and H. Mitschke on several theatre and music projects. Behnam Samani has performed with Zarbang and Karavane and leads the Ensemble Samani.
Behnam Samani has performed in some distinguished festivals including the Music Festival in Sao Paolo, Persian Music Festival in Munich, Persian Music Festival in Sweden and Italy, Rhythm Stick Festival in London and Rhythm Festival DU Zurich and has played in such prestigious concert halls as the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Gasteig in Munich and Rasa in Utrecht. He has performed for the SWF and WDR Radio Stations and has made numerous recordings and television appearances.
Tombak master Ali Reza Analouei was born in Esfahan, Iran. His grandfather, Naser Ali was a renowned Master of Sufism (a worldview and way of life which affirms the noblest aspects of Human character). Inspired by this example, Dr. Analouei has undertaken the lifetime quest to amplify and apply the concepts of Sufism, Erfaan, and music within his playing, his teaching, and his personal development.
He has always been inspired by, and closely followed the work and style of Iran’s late master of tombak, Jahangeer Malek. Over the past two decades Dr. Analouei has played internationally in many concerts and ensembles, including various radio and television shows.
He is the founder of the Sama Ensemble, and is currently a member of several important music groups based in the Mid-Atlantic U.S.
At the age of ten he began playing tombak, earning him a prize from Tehran high schools, and then became a member of the Kakh-e Javanaan (youth club) Ensemble.
Shahab Paranj, born in Tehran, Iran in 1983, started playing the tombak as a child, encouraged by his father who was a santur player. He played tombak at an arts and music secondary school, and later at the College of Music in Tehran. He studied tombak with Homayoun Shajarian, Kambiz Ganjei and Ardeshir Kamkar, and also studied cello with Majid Ismaili and Karim Qorbani.
In 2001 he began performing with the Khorshid Ensemble, directed by Tahmoures Pournazeri, and later joined the Shams Ensemble. He also plays with the Symphonic Orchestra of Iranian Television and produces music for commercials. Shahab studied composition at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Tombak and daf master Pezhham Akhavass has a unique approach to rhythm has gained him recognition as one of the most distinguished Iranian percussionists of his generation.
Born in 1980, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from Tehran’s Sureh University. He began learning music theory under the instruction of Naser Nazar at the age of five.
With the support of his father, be began studying the tombak under the guidance of Naser Farhanghfar. He also met members of the Masters in Persian Music, including Hossein Alizadeh and Kayhan Kalhor, and performed with them both locally and on tour in Iran and Europe.
He has collaborated with Irish harp player Diana Rowan and world music sensation Mamak Khadem.
Currently, Pezhham lives in San Francisco, California where he teaches private classes in tombak, daf and setar.
The Sky At Dawn, with Diana Rowan
Shahram Nazeri (Quartertone Productions, 2007) Tombak (2008) Percussions (2008) The Passion of Rumi, with
Liberated [Raha], with Payam Jahanman
Song-of-Sparrows [Avaze Gonjeshkha], with Hossein Alizadeh
Breeze and wheat field [Nasim o Gandomzar], with Aliakbar Moradi The Road, with Mamak Khadem (Innova, 2015)
Pedram Khavar Zamini, one of the world’s leading Iranian tombak players, has been living in France for few years now. Tombak is the main percussion instrument in classical Persian music, and Pedram is considered to be one of the most innovative players.
He started to learn playing the tombak alongside masters Kamyar Mohabbat and Bahman Rajabi. Pedram was a talented student.
Pedram founded his own tombak percussion group, named “Varashan”. He released his debut album “Koutah”, featuring compositions by Pedram for tombak, with Hamid Ghambary, which was produced in Iran and Europe.
Because of his rhythmical knowledge and his technique, he collaborated with important classical Persian musicians such as Sharam Nazeri, Dariush Talai, Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Akbar Moradi.
From 2002 to 2004, he toured the United States with Kayhan Kalhor’s Ensemble, organized by the World Music Institute, and in Germany with George Petrov and Ross Daly for the “Bowed Instrument Festival”.
After meeting with Ross Daly in Germany, Pedram decided to leave Iran and join Ross in Greece. He recorded “Iris” with and under the direction of Ross Daly, which was a meeting point of Pedram with some very popular artists from India and Iran: Dhruba Ghosh, Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, Hamid Khabazi, along with the Greek virtuosos Vasilis Rakopoulos, Kelli Thoma, Giorgis Xylouris.
Pedram also became a member of the Labyrinth group, led by Ross Daly. Always eager to explore in different musical worlds, Pedram, so far, has met and played with numerous gifted musicians for all around the globe such as Habil Aliev, Mohamad Rahim Khushnawaz, Dariush Talai, Sharam Nazeri, Djamchid Chemirani, Ballake Sissoko, Zohar Fresco, Kelly Thoma, Ellika Frisell, Dhruba Gosh, Khaled, Hossein Arman, Giorgos Xylouris, Siamak Aghaie, Stelios Petrakis, Vassilis Stavrakakis, etc. He has also recorded CDs with celebrated musicians such as Habil Aliev and Mohamad Rahim Khushnawaz.
Since 2005, he has developed his career as a soloist. In 2008, he recorded a CD with Siwan Project (Jon Balke, Amina Alaoui, Jon Hassell) on the the ECM label. As a result of this project, Jon Hassell invited Pedram to play with his band Marifa’s street for some concerts in Norway.
Pedram created the Abi Trio (Blue Trio) with Siamak Aghaie (santur) and Hamid Ghanbary (percussion), using the traditional Persian repertoire but giving a bigger role to percussion.
His dazzling tombak technique, coupled with his Persian, Indian, Turkish, and Jazz musical influences have given him the privilege of being a unique tombak player.
Pedram knows how to mix the traditional Iranian foundation with his own modern patterns. Through this alchemy, he creates new sounds. He has an extremely developed sense of improvisation.
“One of the foremost exponents of the younger generation is definitely Pedram khavarzamini who studied for many years with the great Master Bahman Rajabi,” said Ross Daly. “Pedram, apart from having worked extensively with major Iranian artists as both a soloist and accompanist, has also done a lot of groundbreaking work with ensembles of exclusively percussion instruments. The percussion group Koutah which he founded is without doubt at the forefront of what is in fact a new development in Iranian music which promises to open up many new avenues of expression in an already rich tradition.”
* Dar gozar, with Reza Fayaz (Kargah-e-mouseghi, 1998)
* Koutah (Avay-e-doost, 1999)
* Soor-va-soog, with Jahan Giri (Khane Honar, 2000)
* Dar khane aftab, with Reza Fayaz (Hozey-e-honari, 2001)
* Iris, with Ross Daly (Protasis, 2003)
* Zikr, with Kjetil Selvik (Etnisk Musikklubb, 2004)
* Ston Anamniseon Tin Exoria, with Mitsos Stavrakakis (Seistron Music, 2005)
* Ey ke Deldari, with Mohsen Keramati (Beethoven, 2006)
* Koutah (Seistron Music, 2006)
* Siwan (ECM, 2008)
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