List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2011-09-10

    Aliakbar Moradi in Concert: Sacred Songs of Kurdistan-2011 Tour

    Los Angeles Saturday - September 10, 2011     04:46 PM





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    In a rare U.S. appearance, Ali Akbar Moradi performs at Santa Clara University exploring the rich history of the traditional and sacredl music of Kurdistan performing with his son Kourosh Moradi, Pezhham Akhavass and Mehdi Bagheri as part of this ensemble.

    Ali Akbar Moradi is the undisputed master of the Kurdish instrument tanbur, a three stringed, long necked lute, and was named one of the top 50 master musicians in the world. This performance will feature a series of sacred and secular pieces that demonstrate the unending beauty of ancient Persia, telling a story of an ancient land with roots deep and vast.

    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.

    Accompanying him and continuing the family legacy of the music will be his son Kourosh Moradi who will accompany him on the tanbur and Pezhham Akhavass, a virtuoso of Persian percussion, who will add his masterful Tombak drum to the family ensemble. Mehdi Bagheri will perform Kamancheh, and represents the finest in the younger generation of Kurdish/Iranian music.

    Santa Clara


    Los Angeles



    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. He also is the leader of the family legacy as the Moradi family.


    In addition to studying tanbur with his father, 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 musicial 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 has become a kind of ambassador of music in the United States as he now lives and teaches in Southern California, continuing the deep rooted history of this ancient music and sharing it with new audiences from around the world. He continues to perform in conjunction with his father and continue the family legacy of sharing the music and the continuation of the tanbur to the next generation.


    Percussionist Pezhham Akhavass is a modern day master 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.


    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.


    Tanbur- 3 stringed lute, ancient and haunting, spiritual/sacred, entrancing

    Daf- frame drum with metal ringletts in its interior, crisp sharp sounds that have trance like effects

    Tombak - goblett drum of Persia that makes intricate and delicate rhythms with the rolling and snapping of the fingers on the side of the drum in patterns that make complicated rhythms and sounds

    Kamancheh- a Persian upright fiddle with a bowed string instrument, in the violin family

    $20 for students with valid student ID at the door
    $35 General Admission

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    FYI This concert is part of a national tour. Other appearances include:

    Sunday, October 2nd
    **Los Angles **
    World Festival of Sacred Music
    St. John's Presbyterian Church
    19414 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
    See more info at
    Tel: (949)433-5162

    Friday, October 28th, 2011
    ** San Jose/ Santa Clara **
    Santa Clara University Recital Hall
    Santa Clara University Hall
    Franklin Street Building#114
    Santa Clara, CA 95053
    Tel: (408) 364-6013
    Tickets: $20 student/35 general admission

    Friday, November 4
    ** Los Angeles **
    Skirball Cultural Center
    Los Angeles, Skirball Cultural Center, Magnin Auditorium
    2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
    8:00 PM
    Tel: (818)-527-6040
    Ticket Link:

    Saturday, November 5
    **Orange County **
    Council Chamber Hall, Irvine Civic Center Plaza
    1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine,CA,92606-5207
    Tel: (818)-527-6040
    Ticket Link:

    Saturday, November 12
    ** Michigan **
    Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
    St. Luke's Episcopal Church
    247 W. Lovell Street, Kalamazoo, MI
    Tickets $15 General, $12 Seniors, $5 students

    Friday, November 18th
    ** Washington D.C.**
    Bettis Theater
    George Washington University
    800 21st Street, Washington D.C. 20052
    Tel: (703) 861-7566
    Tickets$ 25/30

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