Medes and Persians: A Concert

Ali Akbar Moradi
Arash Moradi
Mehdi Bagheri
Kourosh Moradi
Sat May 21st 2022, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Event Sponsor
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
Event is open to
Experience Type
Campbell Recital Hall541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Join us for an evening of music with Maestro Ali Akbar Moradi, joined by Arash Moradi, Mehdi Bagheri, and Kourosh Moradi. 

Part I – 20 minutes 
A tanbour and percussion duet by Maestro Ali Akbar Moradi and Kourosh Moradi. 
Part II – 50 minutes 
Ensemble performance of seven music pieces composed by Maestro Moradi, based on the Maqam Gharibi (one of the majlessi Maqams).


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  • Photography and videography are not allowed during the concert.
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  • Food and drinks are not allowed in Campbell Recital Hall.
  • Masks are strongly recommended but not required.


  • If tickets are no longer available, you may join the waitlist to see if a ticket becomes available.
  • On the day of the event, you are also welcome to come to Campbell Recital Hall and wait in line for any unclaimed seats. These seats will be made available on a first come, first serve, basis starting at 6:40.

About the Musicians: 

Ali Akbar Moradi began playing the tanbour at the age of seven and learned not only the music but the Kurdish maqam repertoire. He has won awards, recorded several albums, and performed in Europe, the United States, and Canada with singers like Shahram Nazeri and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In addition to teaching the tanbour in Tehran and his hometown of Kermanshah, Ali Akbar is a dedicated scholar of the tanbour and continues to develop the legacy of the instrument and the regional Kurdish music.

Arash Moradi is the eldest son of Ali Akbar Moradi. Arash started learning tanbour at an early age from his father whom he later accompanied in numerous concert and festivals throughout Iran and Europe. Arash lives in London where he teaches tanbour, runs workshops on Persian and Kurdish music, and collaborates with musicians from around the world.

Mehdi Bagheri has become one of the most renowned practitioners of the Persian kamancheh of his generation. A composer and multi-instrumentalist born in Kermanshah, Kurdish provinces in Iran. Mehdi received his master’s degree from the Arak University in 2004, studying with luminaries of traditional Iranian music, while simultaneously pursuing a degree in dramatic theater. He has performed at festivals worldwide and continues to pursue his work in various fields such as music of the film, eclectic music and Iranian classical music inside Iran and abroad.

Kourosh Moradi studied tanbour with his father, Ali Akbar Moradi, studied daf with master Sufis of the Yarsan Order and tombak with Master Hamid Moghadam while growing up in Kurdistan. Kourosh has recorded and performed around the world continuing the family legacy of the tanbour with many esteemed masters of Kurdish/Iranian music. He continues to perform in conjunction with his father and carry on the family legacy of sharing the music with audiences around the world. He now lives and teaches in Southern California. 

Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts


  • Nearest parking to Campbell Recital Hall is the Tresidder Parking Lot, located at 436 Mayfield Ave, Stanford.
  • The next nearest parking lot is the Wilbur Field Garage, located at 560 Wilbur Way, Stanford.
  • Please pay attention to all posted signage about parking hours or any other restrictions.