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Virtual Concert: "Distant Harmonies"

May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ali Akbar Moradi
Arash Moradi
Kourosh Moradi
Event Sponsor: 
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts, and the Department of Music
Photo of Ali Akbar Moradi

Virtual concert by Ali Akbar Moradi, joined by Arash Moradi and Kourosh Moradi.  Event is free and open to the public.  Please use the registration link provided to receive the Zoom link.

Part 1: Ali Akbar will play the tanbour maqams and some of his compositions based on the Maqam-e-Qaribi and maqam-e Saro-Khani.

Part 2: Tanbour solos by Arash and Kourosh, trio tanbour and percussion.

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 Aliakbar 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.

Kourosh Moradi studied tanbour with his father, Aliakbar 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.

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