2018 San Francisco World Percussion Arts Festival
Pezhham Akhavass, percussionist, will be performing at the 2018 San Francisco World Percussion Arts Festival on 21-22 July. The SF Arts Festival is known worldwide as a gathering for percussion players and masters of the art.
Iranian composers release album in the US
The album “Bazgasht be royapardazi” [Back to dreaming] is a joint work by Mohammad Shabani (percussion) and Armin Morshed (composer and guitar player) which has been released in Iran. It will also be released in the US in digital format.
Artist: Armen Chakmakian
(Persia Digest) - The “Ceremonies” track, from an album by the same name, is a fusion piece of duduk and Western music performed on the piano, as well as eastern percussion instruments that ultimately create a very beautiful piece.
Don’t distance yourself (music)
Artist: Morteza & Majid Yeganeh rad
Album: The other indescribable moment
(Persia Digest) - Dour Masho [Don’t distance yourself] is the first track of the album “The other indescribable moment” inspired by Khorasani music and performed with percussion instruments which play the biggest part in this album together with the vocals.
Artist: Ali Samadpour
Album: Goosh 1 [Listen 1]
Genre: Persian Classic
(Persia Digest) – The piece Nima from the album Goosh 1 [Listen 1], was initially a song based on a poem by Nima Yushij, pioneer of the modern poetry movement in Iran. It was later accompanied with percussion instruments.
Artist: Constantinople Band
Genre: World music
(Persia Digest) – “Vermiculus” is performed by the Iranian-Canadian band “Constantinople”. It is a fusion piece of European music played with “Daf” percussion instrument. Percussion instruments can be combined with music from around the world.
Beats of gypsy (music)
Artist: Emad Tohidi
Album: Beats of gypsy
(Persia Digest) – The album “Beats of gypsy” is by Emad Tohidi, the skilled daf player who familiarizes us with various cultural spaces of percussion instruments.
Ashian-e Dard [Nestling pain] (music)
Artist: Saeed Bahrami
Album: Bezan Baran [Hit O Rain]
Genre: Classic Persian
(Persia Digest) – The album Bezan Baran [Hit O Rain] has various pieces in the Persian traditional style, performed with the lute and accompanied by percussion instruments.
Davat [Invitation] (music)
Artist: Mehdi Saki
Album: Kamakan [Still always]
(Persia Digest) - Davat [Invitation] by Mehdi Saki has been composed for percussion instruments. The vocals have also been arranged in a manner as to portray the percussion sound. The rhythmic lyrics in this song are based on the musical rhymes of southern Iran.
Siah moo (music)
Artist : Ali Zand Vakili
Album: Single track
Composer: Mohammad Zand Vakili - Faraz Helmi
Genre : Fusion
Year : 2014
(Persia Digest)- This is a cheerful piece in which the Iranian singing form and Latin American music form a fusion. Latin American percussion instruments have been combined with the trumpet and piano to create a different atmosphere. Midway through the piece, the ambience changes to an Iranian rhythm with the tonbak and tar instruments and takes the listener into yet another absorbing ambiance.