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BARAN ENSEMBLE 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and “Sing with one accord” for children, composed by Mohammad Reza Fayaz, and some other albums based on folk music (unpublished).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 (www.aerakis.net). 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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