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Shiraz Arts Academy آموزشگاه فرهنگی هنری شیراز
3680 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite E, San Jose, California 95117
ART OF IMPROVISATION IN CLASSICAL PERSIAN AND WORLD FUSION MUSIC
SAMAN MAHMOUDI: Santour and vocals
KIA MOUSAVI: Guitar
FARHAD FALLAH: Tombak & Percussion
SAMAN MAHMOUDI was born in Tehran, Iran. He started playing Tombak (Persian drum) at the age of 5 under supervision of his father. Saman's natural talent in capturing the foundation of Persian classical music and instruments such as Santour was noticeable from early stages of his childhood. He continued his learning under tutelage of two Iranian master musicians, Mehdi Setayeshgar and Pashang Kamkar for one year prior to departing Iran in 1984, where soon after he resided in Austria, he performed in 1986 in Vienna, accompanying Iranian vocalist Soroosh Izadi also known as Soosan Matloobi at age 15.
Saman came to United States in 1987 and continued his work and music, mainly improvisation based on radif. He is known for his spontaneous improvising style and dominating ability on percussive instruments. Saman had the privilege of performing with or in the presence of many Grand Masters in Classical Persian Music such as late grandmaster Jalil Shahnaz, late Jalal Zolfonoun in 1997 (Hyatt downtown San Francisco), legendary Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Late Parviz Meshkatian and in one occasion with late grand master Mohammad Reza Lotfi in a fund raising U.S east coast tour for tragic Northern Iran earthquake which occured in 1990. In the recent years Saman has also been involved in organizing and leading musicians into musical worldly fusions mainly involving different cultures and their music fuse with traditional Persian music .Member of the Pangean orchestra; he has also collaborated with other musicians from other parts of the world and performed throughout U.S.A
His diverse, semi contemporary,intense and free soul approach to Iranian classical music has been definitely noticed by other musicians and artists.
— Kia Mousavi is a local San Francisco Bay Area artist. Kia was born in Tehran, Iran. He started playing Flamenco Guitar in the 80’s during the music prohibition in Iran. Kia migrated to Canada in the 90s where he studied engineering and continued to play with local gypsy and flamenco players in Ottawa, Canada. He moved to San Franciso Bay Area in 2010 and immediately plugged into the music and performing art societies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He served as board president of Golden Thread Productions Theatre Company, performed with Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Iranian Studies Program theatrical plays. He also plays supporting roles with non-profit organizations such as Flamenco Society and Diaspora Arts Connection.
He teaches Classical and Flamenco Guitar at Shiraz Arts Academy آموزشگاه فرهنگی هنری شیراز and also performs with various bands.
— Farhad Fallah was born in Karaj, Iran. He started playing Tombak since he was 15 years old. Taking Tombak Lessons by Tombak-Master Bahman Rajabi under the supervision of musician, Masoud Pourbakht, made him interested in Rhythm and Tombak. As a talented learner, he reached to the advanced level very fast and started taking master classes with musicians such as Pedram Khavarzamini and Kamran Montazeri. He then self-studied the old-fashion style of playing Tombak by following the style of musicians like late Hossein Tehrani, Amir Naser Eftetah, and Naser Farhangfar. He also began to learn the modern style of playing Tombak by Kamran Montazeri before coming to the United States to study engineering in 2015. Meanwhile, he learned Kamancheh, classical Iranian musical instrument, and attended workshops by Siamak Aghaei to grasp the foundation of Iranian traditional music. Farhad has played as a soloist and also in a band in different venues such as Roodaki Venue in Milad Tower, Tehran and Mahan Venue in Karaj, Jahanshahr. Farhad had the privilege to perform with or in the presence of Grand Masters of classical Iranian music such as Milad Kiaei and Amir Babak Rokni Valla. After achieving “The Best Tombak Soloist Award” in Chegameh Arts Institute, 2010, Iran, Farhad has started teaching Tombak and Rhythm to convey what he had learned from his instructors. As a percussionist, he also plays other musical instruments such as Daf, Udu and Kajon.