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Pedram Khavarzamini

Instruments:

Tombak

Traditions:

, Iranian

Pedram Khavarzamini was born in 1975 in Tehran. He learned to play the tombak with masters, Kamyar Mohabbat and Bahman Rajabi, and after five years of study, he began performing in public with Bahman Rajabi, duet for Tombak. He helped write Rajabi's second method book for Tombak, as well as collaborated with Hamid Ghambary on a 1999 book collecting the works of Amir Nasser Eftetah, one of Iran's most famous tombak masters.

Pedram has a unique way of playing the tombak, keeping a traditional basis while adding his own modern patterns. This way, he creates active rhythms and new sounds, finding a way to incorporate his instrument beautifully into each musical style he encounters. He has taught tombak for ten years at the Labyrinth music workshop in Houdetsi, Crete.

After meeting Ross Daly in Germany, Pedram left Iran to join Ross in Greece. He participated on Ross' recording, Iris, an album which unites several popular artists of Persian and Indian music, Dhruba Ghosh, Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, and Greek virtuosos Vasilis Rakopoulos, Kelly Thoma, and Giorgis Xylouris. Pedram then became a member of Ross' Labyrinth ensemble, and subsequently met and played with Greek luminaries, such as Stelios Petrakis, Vassilis Stavrakakis, Giorgos Xylouris, Kelly Thoma, as well as international musicians, Habil Aliev, Mohamad Rahim Khushnawaz, Dariush Talai,Shahram Nazeri, Ballake Sissoko, Dhruba Gosh, Khaled and Hossein Arman, and Siamak Aghaie. Also, he has recorded with great musicians, such as Habil Aliev and Siwan with Jon Balke.

Pedram has his own percussion tombak group named Varashan. He has also composed and released his first works for a tombak group named Koutah, with percussionist Hamid Ghambary, produced in Iran and Europe. He is a member of the music group, Aftab, and has performed on compositions, such as Reza Fayaz's Dargozar and Dar Khane-ye Aftab. Pedram has also worked with famous classical Persian musician, Kayhan Kalhor and Kurdish tanbur player, Ali Akbar Moradi. In 2002, Pedram performed duets with Kayhan Kalhor in Germany and with Kalhor, George Petrov, Ross Daly for the Bowed Instrument Festival. In 2003, he joined the Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble for a tour in the US and Europe, organized by the World Music Institute. In 2003, Moradi invited Perdram for the Mehregan Festival in Yazd, Iran. In 2005, he joined Pejman Hadadi and the Zarbang ensemble for a concert in Koln, Germany.