BARAN ENSEMBLE Hamid Ghanbary by dfsiopmhy6



Baran Ensemble ,Hamid, Farshad, has implemented a new
experience by looking at the traditional system, the other
way round. This means that the melodic instrument adapts a
percussive role and the main sentences are to be played and
introduced by the actual percussion instruments. The actual
grounding or the basis is to be maintained by Santour whilst
the percussions create different variations and miscellaneous
rhythms. This clearly differs the new style with the old
framework. Performing long rhythmic sentences with the
effect of old cycles, rhythmic fractures and creating suitable
joints in connecting the sentences with an emphasising
approach to the each sentence one after each other are part
of the main priorities of their Ensemble.

Hamid Ghanbary
Hamid was born in 1974, in Tehran, Iran. He was taught
playing the Tombak seriously by a well-experienced
instructor, ‘Bahman Rajabi’. Dropping out of Chemistry
College at that time was a turning point in his life. He was
determined to continue his education in his much-loved
course, Music. He graduated and he is familiar with playing
techniques of other Iranian percussion and so far, has
experienced some of which explained below: Hamid gave
concerts with “Aftab”, “Afagh”, “Mehrpooya”,
“AVA” “Mahtab” and other bands in Tehran and other cities of Iran with some
reputable musicians. He cooperated with The "Tehran symphony orchestra" conducted
by Fereydoun Naseri. He participated in producing and preparing some Theatre,
Cinema and Serial music. He Published traditional music albums such as: “Twilight of
the moon” composed by Ehsan Zabihifar, sung by Bijan Kamkar, “Fire and Reed” and
“Mystery of Love” played by Behzad Foroohary and Majid Vatanian, “I heard it from
bird” and “Sing with one accord” for children, composed by Mohammad Reza
Fayaz, and some other albums based on folk music (unpublished). Hamid Ghanbary
gave a very important help in the recording of “Koutah”, which was a collection of
percussion instruments, composed by Pedram Khavar Zamini, published in Europe and
Iran ( In collaboration with Pedram, he edited a book on collection
of works by Amir Nasser Eftetah, one of Iran`s most famous Tombak masters.
Concerts and performances include ‘Espace Varese’, coservatoire National de Region
in Toulouse (France), Association "AVA", chapelle Saint Anne, Toulouse, Amdathra
Switzerland, ‘Festival Asian Holiday’ (Azerbaijan), ‘Casa de cultura’ Spain, ‘Window of
Hope’ UK, ‘Lute festival’ Oman and ‘Passion of Rhythm’ in UK.
Farshad Mohammadi
Farshad began studying the santour from an early age. His
principle teachers were Faramarz Payvar, Parviz Meshkatian
and Pashang Kamkar. Farshad’s Contemporary approach to
Persian Music is in line with the requirements of the
developing cultures and made him faithful in expanding the
traditions by engaging in various collaborations and
different musical participations. Broadcast ventures include
collaboration with the BBC World Service in London and
Dutch radio station Easy 97.9 FM and presenting a recital
of Persian santour music for ITV1 (UK). He has recorded as
a soloist, accompanist and continuo player working with ensembles including Nonawa,
Hamraz, Chavosh, Roshani, Hafez and Hayden trio alongside some of the great
masters of Persian and world music. His recording credits include ‘Ashk’ for Kalan
Music and ‘Window of Hope’ (Mohsen Keramaty). Farshad has also composed the
scores for ‘Finding Memet’ by Sadek Asha and ‘A line on the Sand’, a Film by Chris
Taylor for ITV UK; ‘Sufi Trance’, a film by Christine Taylor for BBC Prime (winner of
the best short film in Chicago International Film Festival, nominated for the best
sound effects for the Edinburgh Festival). His recent concert engagements include,
Tour of North America, ‘Cagliary Folk music festival’ in Sardinia, the ‘Asia World
Music’ in Malaysia and Singapore, ‘Düsseldorf World music festival’, ‘Rotterdam
World Music Festival’, ‘Berlin Traditional Music Festival’, ‘Brighton Festival’,
‘Nottingham Music Festival’, ‘Edinburgh Festival’, ‘Festival Dag Oude Muziek’
(Belgium) and the ‘ATTAR music Festival’ in London (Path of Farid Al-din Attar). He
has also performed as a soloist in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Farshad
has participated in various seminars, conferences and workshops in Germany, France,
The Netherlands, Canada, US and England and has been giving performance and
Santour lessons at the University of London for several years. Farshad studied his
master of Ethnomusicology Performance at SOAS university of London and is
continuing to go further with his studying through his research program as a PhD
student in London.

Hussein Zahawy
Hussein was born in 1980 into a Kurdish family; he had
early Persian childhood and then moved to UK in 1990
with his family. Coming from a musical background, he was
taught the daf [Kurdish frame drum], which initially became
his main instrument by his grandfather at age of five. At a
later age, he pursued his interest in other Kurdish and world
percussion instrument. At the age of thirteen, he was
invited to join the first national radio and television
orchestra of Kurdish music in Europe. Hussein has
performed extensively in the entire world both as a soloist and accompanying other
groups and ensembles. He has collaborated with Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Indian and
Persian musicians as well as Kurdish. Those collaborations have resulted in several CD
recordings and performances in the world music circuit, such as the festival of
WOMAD in UK and Canary Islands, WOMAX in Netherlands, World Sacred Music
Festival in Morocco, Spain, and Europe, several tours in USA and the Middle East. He
holds regular workshops on Kurdish music and percussion in Europe and has given
several presentations in various music conferences in London and abroad. Hussein
also participated in several TV programmes and documentaries on Kurdish music, and
playing on the sound track of the Hollywood movie ‘Kingdom of heaven “in 2005. In
2000, he formed the ‘Living Fire Ensemble’, which for the first time in the history of
Kurdish music brought together musicians from all over Kurdistan with the aim of
uniting the many diverse regional musical style. Hussein is a freelance percussionist and
actor, working on a variety of projects with multiple theatre companies in both the
UK and US. He has recently completed a world tour, encompassing exotic locations
such as Sudan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia with Sami Yusuf, featuring as a solo
percussionist. Hussein is also working with choreographers on two dance projects that
will premiere in early 2008. He has recently recorded his first solo album of
percussion compositions, to be released in October 2008.

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