About this concert:
This concert features one of the most resepcted masters of Persian/Kurdish music, Aliakbar Moradi who is known for his work in the instrument tanbur. Coming from Kermanshahan within the province of Kurdistan, his work has helped introduce this instrument as part of music ensembles. Once very insular, it has since expanded to be played in front of larger audiences and has a very distinct and ancient sound developed over millenia. Music is held in high esteem in this territory and the depth and diversity of the music make this region one of the most important within the musicology of Iran. Certain unique qualities of the tanbur music of Kermanshahan, such as those found in the intervals, rhythms, and melodic cycles, lend support to the view that this music bears close resemblance to the ancient music of Iran.
Meditative improvisation blends with centuries-old compositions in this collection of pre-Islamic Yarsan religious music, thought to be one of the most ancient, deep-rooted musical traditions in the world.
The tanbur has always been considered a sacred instrument associated with the Kurdish Sufi music of Western Iran.
Blended together with the traditional Persian vocals, this concert will be a meditative journey through an ancient sound.
About the Musicians:
Aliakbar 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 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 as he builds a center for learning and musicianship . He also is the leader of the family legacy as the Moradi family.
In addition to studying tanbur with his father Ali Akbar Moradi, Kourosh Moradi studied daf with master Sufis of the Yarsan order and tombak with Master Hamid Moghadam while growing up in Kurdistan. Coming from a musical family, Kourosh has recorded and performed around the world continuing the family legacy of the tanbr with many esteemed masters of Kurdish/Iranian music. He now lives and teaches in Southern California, continuing the family legacy of performance and instruction of this deeply rooted traditional music and sharing it with new audiences from around the world. He continues to perform in conjunction with his father and the continuation of the tanbur to the next generation. www.yarsanmusic.com
Percussionist Pezhham Akhavass is known as a virtuoso percussionist of the Tombak and Daf percussive instruments. He has a degree in music from the University in Tehran and has recorded and performed around the world with the leading masters of Persian music. He now lives in San Francisco, where he teaches and performs. Pezhham's unique approach to rhythm has defined him as one of the leading figures in his generation for his ability to create new and innovative techniques in tombak, creating a new dimension in sound. www.akhavass.com
Mehdi Bagheri, born in 1980, is one of the most talented musicians of Kamancheh from his generation. As a well known Kurdish Iranian musician, he began being a
serious student of music from the age of 12. After exploring many different instruments including Tombak and Setar, he found his true love in the Kamancheh. Mehdi received his masters degree from the Arak University in 2004 and was a student of masters of Kurdish music including Ardeshir Kamkar. Mehdi has performed around the world and recorded with the masters of Persian music. Since 2010 he resides in Southern California where he is sharing his music through concerts and teaching.
Ghazeleh is a female vocalist from Iran. Born in Iran, Ghazeleh has studied with many different persian vocalist and is an accomplished singer. In addition to music, she has studied architecture. While a student at the school of art, she began learning radife avaz or the collection of Persian suits organized by scale and melody type that form the basis for improvisation under supervision of master Persian artists. At the same time she started learning setar with Mohammed Reza Ibrahimi. Her passion towards learning Persian music and singing in particular opened doors to extremely valuable teaching sessions with a number of masters such as Ostad Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammed Reza Lotfi, Mohsen Keramati, Asghar Shahzeidi and Narbeh Cholakiyam and at last into the first grade students of Mohammed Reza Sharjarian.
When & Where
Promoting the art of classical Persian music in the San Francisco Bay Area www.akhavass.com