Mezrab Ensemble is a six person strong group which was founded by Hamid Motabassem in 2005. Since then the ensemble has toured in several prestigious music festivals and international cultural centres like Muzikpublique (Belgium), Cultuurcenter Griffion Amsterdam (Netherlands), Glatt und Verkehrt Krems (Austria), Die Glocke Bremen (Germany), Internationales Gitarrenfestival Fribourg (Switzerland), Festival Gaude Mater (Poland) and many more winning international acclaim for their fine tuned and subtle repertoire.
When: 30th November 2012, 19.30
Place: Hörsalen, Kulturhuset in Stockholm
Tickets/Biljetter: Buy online here or at Kulturhuset, Stockholm
Combo Ticket Hamed Nikpay and Mezrab Ensemble concerts: Adult 320 kronor, children/senior 220 kronor. Can not be bought online, call 08-508 315 08.
Link to Tickets: Click here to buy online, visit Kulturhuset or call 08-508 315 08.
• Sepideh Raissadat recorded her first album with Master Parviz Meshkatian at the age of eighteen. She was the first female vocalist to have a solo public performance in Iran after the 1979 revolution. As a child, she began studying Persian classical music with famous Iranian Diva Parisa and later with renowned masters ParvizMeshkatian and Mohammad-Reza Lotfi. Sepideh obtained a B.A. degree in painting and subsequently pursued her studies in musicology at the University of Bologna. She has been invited by prestigious institutions including the UNESCO, the Vatican, and international media such as BBC and RAI. She has had numerous performances in Europe, notably with Italian musicians, Franco Battiato, Andrea Parodi and Maraghi Ensemble. Sepideh is currently continuing her academic research n Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto.
• Hamid Motebassem was born in 1958 in Mashad, Iran. He was raised in a musical family, where his brother was a violinist and his first teacher was his father, Ali Motebassem who played the Tar. Motebassem studied in the Tehran School of Art and the Conservatory of Persian Music. He was a member of the Chavosh Cultural Center where he taught music. One of the original members of Aref Ensemble, he founded Dastan Ensemble as well as Ensemble Chakavak upon immigration to Germany in 1986. Hamid Motebassem is the founder of the Society of Tar and Setar and has since 1994 organized annual seminars dedicated to the two instruments. He has performed on numerous albums of contemporary Iranian composers. His own works include compositions for traditional instruments, the recordings Bamdad; The Scent of Norooz; The Song of the Sea; Saz-e No, Avaz-e No, Dastan Trio; Dastan Duet; Hanaie and Shurideh, which won the title“Musical Shock“ in the music journal, Le Monde and received the 2003 Best Music of the Year Award from the French Ministry of Culture.
• Naghmeh Farahmand a multi-skilled Iranian percussionist was born in 1980.She is the daughter of a leading master percussionist Mahmoud Farahmand.Naghmeh has studied Iranian traditional rhythms on tonbak under supervision of his father while learning Sufi and Kurdish rhythms on daf and dayereh from Bijan Kamkar and Masoud Habibi.In addition,she has also studied santoor with guidance of Faramarz Payvar and Pashang Kamkar and is also skill full in other percussion such as darbuka,djembe,udu,kanjira,cajon and drumset. Naghmeh has performed with well-known ensembles in Iran and festivals and concerts around the world such as Germany, Switzerland, Japan,Holland, France, Italy, Kuwait, Austria,England and USA while collaborating with Iranian TV for more than a decade.
In 2010,she moved to Canada and began collaborating with top performers of world music (Arab, Turkish, Indian, Bulgarian) and jazz. She has had vast experience teaching at different institutes of music for fifteen years and has also conducted workshops throughout the world. She is the founder of Sharghi percussion ensemble and is in the process of completing her CD Drums and Dreams that will be available for release soon.
• Arman Sigarchi was born in 1984 in Rasht, Iran. With ten years I started making music. My first teacher was my father – a well-known music teacher in Tehran and northern Iran. I was trained in the following musical instruments: oud, Setar, Tar and Tombak. Throughout my career I have worked with many Iranian musicians, among others, Shahram Nazeri, Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Hamid Motebassem, Majid Derakhshani, Salar Aghili, and Ali Reza Ghorbani. I’ve played in the following musical groups and ensembles: Sheyda, Chavosh, Raz o Niyaz, Pardis and Khorshid. For three consecutive years, 2001, 2002 and 2003, I won as oud soloist each of the first prize at the Fajr Music Festival (the most prestigious music festival in Iran). I’ve toured in Germany, France, Morocco, China and Armenia, of which 1999 to 2001 each in Germany, next in 2005 in Le Monde Arab Institute in Paris and 2009 in the Conservatorium Khachatourian Aram.
• Pejman Zahedian Was born in 1986 in Tehran.
He was raised in an art loving family, where he became attracted to the Iranian music. He started learning music by playing the Santour and the Setar. After immigrating to The Netherlands, he met Hamid Motebassem, one of the greatest masters and composers of Persian music. He began to study the Persian repertoire of music (Radif). At the same time he was studying the Modern Harmony Method with Arno Dieteren. The instrument Tar became one of his interests, and he added the Tar to his instruments. In 2005, he won the Mondial Music festival in Maastricht(the Netherlands), by a trio performance. (Setar, guiter, and vocal) He also played in many festivals such as, The Gaude Mater Poland, The Guitar Festival Switzerland, The Glatt & Verkehrt Festival Austria etc. Currently, he performs in ensembles Mezrab, PARDIS, Simorq.
• Ramin Azimian Was born in 1976 in Ahwas Iran. His Father whom played the violin thought him the fundaments of playing the violin at the age of 5 years. In the year of 1985 he immigrated to Germany. Later on he became a member of the ensemble Saba, which was founded by his Father Ali Azimian and Behzad Roushanpoor. In that ensemble he got the chance to play the Tar and felt in love with it immediately and took a few lessons by Majid Derachshani. In the year of 1995 he went to the U.S to study computer science and graduated in year 2001.
Afterwards he returned to Germany and started taking lessons at a higher level by Composer, Tar and Setar virtues Hamid Motebassem, by whom he has been studding the repertoire of traditional Persian music “radif “ and Composition. For the last few years he has been involved in Mezrab , PARDIS and Simorq.