Evening of Persian classical music to be presented

Evening of Persian classical music to be presented...
davisenterprise.com 08/02/2018 Fun

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By Enterprise staff
The classical music of Iran, known as radif, will be presented by two young musicians carrying on this musical tradition, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East in Davis. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.
Behfar Bahadoran, who has played in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Lincoln Center in New York City and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will bring his talents to the Village Homes Community Center on Sunday, Feb. 25. Courtesy photo

* * * For more information, call 530-867-1032 or email info@TimnaTalMusic.com.
Behfar Bahadoran is a musician from Iran and holds a bachelor’s degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. He moved to the United States in 2005 and developed his career as a musician and a music instructor in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
He has performed at many prestigious venues, including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Freer Shackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and many more.
He studied violin with maestro Homayoun Khorram and Iranian percussion instruments with Ramin Rahimi and Arsalan Sedigh. Behfar also has performed as a percussionist, composer and a tar player (a traditional lute-shaped instrument from Iran) with many well-known musicians such as Kaze Davoudian, Majid Derakhshani, Dawn Avery, Amadou Kuyateh, John Wubbenhorst and Pezhham Akhavass.
He continues his journey in the field of art and music by performing and composing music and creating artwork in different media.
Akhavass is a world-class percussionist, founder and music director of Akhavass Productions, and modern-day virtuoso of Persian percussive instruments tombak and daf.
Born in 1980 in Iran, he began learning youth music theory and tombak at the age of 5. With the support of his father, Akhavass studied tombak with Naser Farhang Far and Saeid Roudbary.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Sureh University of Tehran in 2005, a bachelor’s degree in world music from San Francisco State University in 2016 and currently is in the master’s program at SFSU.
Akhavass worked professionally in his 20s with the renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri from 2000 to 2007. He has recorded and performed with many master world-class musicians such as Hossein Alizadeh and Aliakbar Moradi, as well as many great world musicians from different cultures, including world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Akhavass was the featured percussionist on the 2010 Masters of Persian Music tour of the United States. He had the honor of performing in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals.
In addition to tombak and daf, he is knowledgeable about Persian instruments setar, tanbour and oud and has studied other percussion instruments, including Indian tabla with the guidance of legendary Ostad Zakir Hussain, kanjira and gatam.
Akhavass lives in the San Francisco, where he teaches, performs, produces concerts and gives educational demonstrations on Persian classical music and Persian instruments.
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