Ostad Ali Akbar Moradi and Pezhham Akhavass
Ali Akbar Moradi :is the master of the Tanbur, a kind of long necked lute of Persia that originates from Kurdistan known to be a sacred instrument of the Sufis. This three stringed instrument is thought to be one of the oldest in the world, having a documented 5000 year old history. Moradi's mastery of the tanbur and his commanding vocals, make him one of the leading masters of traditional Persian music in the world today. Born in Guran, Iran, Ali Akbar Moradi “the best tanbur player alive” (songline Magazin issue 26, 2008) began to study tanbur at age seven, eventually mastering the entire Kurdish magham repertoire. His incomparable style has afforded him performances throughout the world representing the top mastery of this region and the music of Kurdish Iranians. He currently resides in Kurdistan, Iran where he teaches tanbur and continues to develop the legacy of the instrument and the music.
Pezhham Akhavass is a well known percussionist/musician and modern day master of the Tombak. Pezhham was born in 1980 and graduated with bachelor's degree in music from Sureh University of Tehran. With the support of his renowned artist father Mostafa, Pezhham began studying the Tombak at the age of five with the guidance of Naser Farhanghfar. From 1989-1991, he continued studying Tombak with Saeid Roudbary. While in college, Pezhham also studied the Setar with Hamid Sokoti and Masoud Shaari. Pezhham also plays the Oud and Tanbour. In addition to the Tombak, Pezhham has studied other percussion instruments: daf, Indian tabla, kanjira and gatam. His unique approach to rhythm and style have resulted in him being termed one of the most distinguished tombak players of his generation. From 2001-2007 Pezhham began working professionally with the renowned vocalist, Shahram Nazeri where he toured and performed in concerts extensively through Iran and Europe in many notable music festivals.
Kurdish and Persian classical music duet with two great master musicians Ali Akbar Moradi on Tanbur the ancient Persian string instrument and Pezhham Akhavass on Tombak the goblet drum from Iran. They have been collaborating together since 2003 and they have had so many performances in the music festivals. At this tour they bring the songs of magham from Kermanshah (East Kurdistan) and rhythmic Persian patterns.
The Kurdish maqam (which differs from the Eastern Arab, Turkish, and Persian forms) is a modal piece for tanbur, a long-necked lute, and voice. Lyrics are taken from sacred poems. Maqams are exclusively performed in religious ceremonies such as the jam, are meant to be heard only by initiates, and have been transmitted from generation to generation by the oral tradition for centuries.
In order to investigate the rhythmic aspect of Persian classical music the rhythmic structure of Persian poetry, the old Persian rhythmic cycles (egha) and the rhythmic characteristics of both improvised and composed music must be taken into account.