Pouria Akhavass is a musician and traditional Persian vocalist from Tehran Iran, Born in 1981, he holds a bachelors degree in Persian Literature from the University of Iran. Pouria started music when he was six years old and began singing when he was seven. Pouria loved singing to himself by listening to the older generation of Persian vocalists on the radio or with cassette tapes. In 1995 Pouria started to sing with the master Razavi Sarvestani (who was knowledgeable about Mastero Taherzadeh’s radif and Persian radif -the system of Persian classic music). Pouria was also one of the Mr Bor
He has trained in Mystical & Traditional Music from 1989 under supervision of famous masters as follows: Mr.Seyed Khalil Alinejad, Mr.Taher Yarveysi, Mr.Iraj Dashtizadeh & Mr.Hossein Mehrani.He is professional in Tanbour, Tar, Sitar, instrumentalist. In addition he is making Tanbour & Sitar. He has teaching Tanbour in several Institutes behind some research about Tanbour style in ancient.
Fariborz Azizi is a Los Angeles-based Tar and Setar player, composer, music educator and researcher.
Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1961, Azizi has studied under the tutelage of some of the most highly acclaimed masters of Persian classical music, including Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Dariush Talai, Arshad Tahmasbi, Massoud Shaari and Hamid Motebassem.
In a career spanning over three decades, Azizi has been recognized as one of the most influential music educators of our time. He has instructed and mentored hundreds of students of varying ages and nationalities on the tar and setar,
Negar Bouban is an Iranian musician and Oud player, Born in Tehran, Iran, 1973. At the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, getting an MA degree in Architecture, with the design of Tehran future Conservatory, focusing on special acoustic design for Persian music rehearsal venues, she studied music and musical acoustics at the same time which finally ended in a PhD in Art Studies focusing on Persian Music Theory.
Mastered playing Oud and Persian Radif with the renowned Iranian Oud master Mansur Nariman, Negar has been working with different bands of Persian Classical music for over a hundred live perform
Amir Eslami Mirabadi was born in Iran and immigrated to Vancouver in 2015. He studied at the Tehran University of Art, receiving a BA in music in 1996 and an MA in music composition in 2002. He later served as a faculty member at the university, including as Head of the Iranian Music Department and Dean of Administration for the Music Faculty.
Amir has won multiple Iranian and international prizes (Italy, Australia and Netherlands) in music composition. He has released four music albums as a composer and more than ten music albums as a Ney (Persian Traditional Flute) player. His pieces have been performed in I
World-renowned, Pejman Hadadi is considered one of the most innovative Iranian percussionists. He was born in Tehran, Iran on February 19, 1969. At the age of 10 he began studying Tombak, the central drum in traditional Persian music with Master Tombak player, Assadollah Hejazi for 2 years and owes the foundation of his training to this Master’s precise teaching. He continued his training for a brief time with Master Tombak player, Bahman Rajabi who exposed him to an entirely different approach of playing the instrument. Pejman tirelessly followed the various styles of famous Tombak players and was captivat
Parisa Kasheffi was born in 1359 SH. She was a music-major in art school and was taught by many well-known tar players such as Hosein Alizadeh, Fariborz Azizi and hooshang Zarrif. Other than her primary instrument, the Tar, she plays the Kamancheh and was taught by Saeed Farjpouri.
Afterwards, she pursued her love of music by majoring in music at university.
She was a member of bands such as Sepehr, Shahrzad, and Shemshal. Parisa Kasheffi is currently continuing her career as a Tar teacher.
Negar is a virtuoso of the Kamancheh, a composer and an author. She is renowned within Iran and the diaspora as being one of the most gifted Persian classical musicians of her generation and is unique in being the only musician in Iran, female or male, to have worked with all the most acclaimed Persian classical Maestros and ensembles: Maestro M.R. Shajarian, Maestro Ardeshir Kamkar, Maestro Sh. Nazeri and Maestro Hossein Alizadeh. Negar Kharkan has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the globe on numerous extensive world tours. In 2015 she will be releasing her new album ‘Sayeh h
Behzad Mirzayi has been a Tombak instructor at Pars Music Academy since 2006 to this day. He himself has been playing the Tombak from an early age. He began his lessons 1991 and was taught by many great instructors including Morteza Momtaz, Daryoush Zargari, Bahman Rajabi and Pejman Hadadi. Aside from Tombak, Mirzai is also able to play the Tar and the Santour.
Behzad has taken part in many significant and popular shows including the Commemoration of Maestro Alizadeh in 2003 and in the series of shows conducted by Alizadeh titled "Ham Avayan" which was performed in many cou
She has started to learn music by playing the Tonbak at the age of 7. She has started to sing at the age of 10 in the presence of her father, who is expert in the radif of Iranian vocal music and playing the Ney.
She has completed Mahmud Karimi’s vocal music radif under the instruction of “Mrs. Parisa” at the age of 15; in addition, passed an advanced course in the presence of her. She has entered to Tehran Conservatory of Music at the age of 18 and started to educate in the field of playing iranian musical instrument (sitar). She has Associate of Arts degree (A.A) in the field of music and B
Sanaz Nakhjavani Kanun player, graduated from Tehran Conservatory of music ( Honarestan musighi ) in Piano and Kanun . Sanaz has Bachelor of music from Soureh higher Education Institute in Tehran and Bachelor of Spanish Language and Literature from Allameh Tabatabai University. In 2008 she moved to Istanbul, Turkey in order to improve her kanun performances skills . She benefited from the master of Kanun Ahmet Meter. She finished her MA in Turkish music from Istanbul Technical University, Conservatory of Turkish music. In 2010 she started a PhD program in ethnomusicology at the same University, which is still in
Khashyar Parsa has mastered at playing the Santour, the Daf and the Tonbak. He was born in the year of 1357SH and graduated from art school in 1377.
He attended Soureh college of Music and was taught by Nader Sinki, Behzad Zakeri, Reza Mehi and Reza Shafiyian and Bijan Kaamkar. He achieved first place in the Fajr Music Festival of 1375.
He also entered this Festival once again, this time as a part of the Hamnavazan Fakhteh band in 1392. He earned a spot at the top 5 greatest youth musical groups in the year of 1389. Khashyar has recorded a number of albums including the Bayate Tork Entesharat Mahour and has
Noushin Pasdar, graduated art school in 1981 and received her masters degree in arts. She was taught by Mansour Nariman, Hossein Behrouznia, Arshad Tahmasebi, Hossein Alizadeh, Mohammadreza Ebrahimi and Yurdal Tukjan, a turkish musician. Noushin has performed in many big events in and outside of Iran as well as worked along side Iranian musicians and producers to record music. She has also taught in the boys and girls’ conservatory, in the University of Applied Sciences and in Pars Music Academy.
Sepehr Rafiiean born on 1973.He was educated in social research and sociology from university of Tehran
1- 1987: Begin learning music under Kazem Davoodian’s instruction
2- 1989: Learning Abol Hasan Saba Radifs and Faramars Payvar pieces from Reza Shafieyan,
3- 1991: Learning parts of Mirza Abdolah’s Radif under Majid Kiani’s instruction
4- 1993: Dulcimer playing Master Courses under Parviz Meshkatian instruction
5- 1995: Learning parts of composition under Kazem Davoodian’s instruction Musical Teaching Experience 1994- present: Teaching how to
Hannaneh, born in 1985, started learning music with Ghanoun instrument under Maestro Maliheh Saeedi as she entered the Women’s music college. After receiving the diploma, she got admitted to Elmi-karbordi Music University and in 1384/2005 got her BSc’s with specialization in Ghanoun instrument.
During her studies in college and university, she learned to play Daf and Tombak from Maestro Mohmmad Esmaeili and piano from Ms. Azar Saberian and Mr. Karbakhsh. After her diploma degree, she learned about Orff music and its teaching method from Mr. Nasser at Pars music institute. She has participated in Fa
Composer, Multi-instrumentalist (Tar, Setar, Rabab, Uod), Music instructor (from 1996) Studied with Maestro Houshang Zarif, Maestro Hossein Alizadeh and Maestro Dariuosh Talaie.
Member of the Hamavayan Ensemble for the first joint performance of Mr. Jivan Gasparyan (from Armenia) and Mr. Hossein Alizadeh called "Endless Vision", nominated for the Grammy Awards in 2006.
Member of the Hamavayan for the last eight years, performances include the "Novel Mystery" concert in Tehran (1996) and for the Tokyo Summer Music Festival (2006).
Kaveh Sarvarian composes and plays various traditional-folk wind and percussion instruments. His specialty is the Persian Ney. With a Master of Art in Composition (M.A.) and eight years of experience as professor of music at the University of Art and other private institutes in Tehran, he has worked within various types of music including: Traditional Persian, Persian Folk, Fusion, Free Jazz, World, Classical and Contemporary.
Awards for his accomplishments include, best soundtrack for the document “The Hidden Tear” in the National Media Festival, Iran, 2006, and best composition for “Quartet
Clarinetist Robin Seletsky is a classically trained performer who is equally at home with the klezmer style. She lives in upstate New York and recently retired as principal clarinetist with the Glimmerglass Opera Festival after 32 years. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, later attended the Juilliard School, and is a former Assistant Principal Clarinetist of the San Antonio Symphony. Although she grew up with the sounds of klezmer from listening to her father, Harold Seletsky (“The Prez of Klez”), it wasn’t until the midst of the klezmer revival that she began h
Yasamin was born in Tehran on November 4, 1992. She graduated from Tehran music school and started to learning “Oud” under instruction of her first teacher Mohammad Firouzi In 2005 for six years in Tehran music school. In the following years, she benefited from the guidance of Shahram Gholami and Hossein Behrouzinia and she learned Radif of Persian classical music with Darioush Talaei and Siamak Jahangiri.
Nowadays she is student of undergraduate of music in Tehran university. Yasamin has played for diverse bands of music such as “New music orchestra” (conducted by Alireza Mashayekhi) ,
Maryam Soroushnasab, Tar and Setar player since 1992.
BA in music from Tehran Art University.
Got certificates for teaching music to children from Pars institute in Tehran and Motzarteom University of Salzburg.
Performed in different music groups and ensembles; her latest performance was a repertoire by Amir Eslami as Tar soloist with Ambelside Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver.
"Reyhan" and "oinar", music albums arranged by Maryam Soroushnasab, released by Ava Khorshid Records in Tehran.
Teaching and education is his passion and he has been teaching Persian music to people of all ages for about 10 years now. Hooman started learning music with piano at the age of 6 and in the course of 5 years attended classes by maestros such as Mostafa PoorTorab and Farman Behbood. He continued his musical journey by learning both Iranian traditional and classical music. He has mastered the rhythms of Iranian music and fundamental theories of classical music. He is also a professional Recorder player.
Starting in 2009, he started the efforts to create a multimedia educational software packages