PEJMAN HADADI

Review of concert in “Dirty Linen” magazine

“Hadadi is a technical wizard who contributes fire and

a unique personality to improvisational passages.” LA Weekly

 

“spectacular musicianship.”

LA Times

The main composer and percussionist with Namah Ensemble, Pejman Hadadi is a “virtuoso” Iranian Tombak and Daf (frame drum) player who has been hailed “the finest Iranian percussionist living in the West” (KPFA Radio, Berkeley, CA). Hadadi began playing Tombak at

the age of ten under the masters of the instrument Asadollah Hejazi and Bahman Rajabi. In 1990, upon immigration to the United States, he began his professional career as a performing and recording artist with ensembles of Persian classical music as well as Indian, Turkish and American musicians.

In 1995, Hadadi joined Dastan Ensemble, one of today’s leading Iranian music ensembles, both inside and outside of Iran. With the Dastan Ensemble, he has performed in many important music festivals world-wide and toured extensively in the US, Europe and Iran. Over the years, Hadadi also became acquainted with some of the masters in Persian music and performed with them, both locally and on tour in the US and Europe.

These masters have included Hossein Alizadeh, Shahram Nazeri, Parisa, Hossein Omoumi and Ali Akbar Moradi. Hadadi has also collaborated among others with Adam Rudolph and Brad Dutz, and performed with masters of Turkish music on tour in the US.

Creating melodic patterns within rhythmic structures as well as experimenting with complex variations on the basic sounds of Tombak are part of Hadadi’s modern approach to this traditional instrument.

Hadadi’s credits include film and theater soundtracks, numerous television and radio interviews and live performances. His recordings include work with the Dastan Ensemble, Axiom of Choice, Ali Akbar Moradi, Parisa and Keyhan Kalhor.

Some of Hadadi’s recent performances in major international festivals include the Sfinks Festival in Holland, the Lotus Festival in Indianapolis, US, Musica dei Popoli in Italy , Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Germany, Bootstrap Creative Emergence in Los Angeles and the Festival De Saint Florent Le Vieil in France. Hadadi has also performed in The Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Theatre De La Ville in Paris and more recently, The Getty Museum in LA. Hadadi currently resides in California where he teaches Tombak and Daf. For information about his schedule of classes click here.

(Kutay Derin Kugay)

Pejman Hadadi was born in Tehran in 1969.The recipient of the 2001-2002 Durfee Foundation Master Musician Award, Pejman Hadadi began playing tombak at the age of ten under the masters of the instrument Asadollah Hejazi and Ostad Bahman Rajabi. In 1990, upon immigration to the United States, Hadadi began his professional career, performing and recording with ensembles of Persian classical music as well as Indian, Turkish and American musicians.

In 1995, Hadadi joined Dastan Ensemble, one of today's leading "most-forward looking Persian music ensembles" (LA Weekly). With Dastan, he has performed in many important music festivals world-wide and toured extensively in the US, Europe and Iran. Over the years, Hadadi also became acquainted with some of the masters in Persian music and performed with them, both locally and on tour in the US and Europe. These masters include Hossein Alizadeh, Shahram Nazeri, Ostad Hossein Omoumi, Ostad Parisa, Ali Akbar Moradi and Ardeshir Kamkar.

Hadadi has also been the resident composer and performer with a Persian contemporary dance group, Namah Ensemble and has written compositions for dance. He has been a member of Axiom of Choice, a progressive Persian music ensemble in the US and has collaborated among others with percussionists, Adam Rudolph, Greg Ellis and Brad Dutz. He has recorded with Shujaat Husain Khan and performed with masters of Turkish music including Nejati Celik and Halil Karadoumon and the Arab/Israeli oud player Yair Dalal in the US.

Pejman Hadadi's modern approach to the traditional tombak lies in his ability to produce melodic patterns within rhythmic structures as well as in his experiments with creating complex variations on the basic sounds of tombak. He also brings to Persian rhythm an Indian percussive sensibility that he has studied over the years. Much of ancient Persian rhythm was later adopted by the Indian musical culture and can be found in their repertoire. Hadadi has a deep interest in uncovering these ancient sources.

Some of Hadadi's recent performances in major international festivals include the Sfinks Festival in Holland, the Lotus Festival in Indianapolis, US, Musica dei Popoli in Italy, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Germany, Bootstrap Creative Emergence and the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles, San Francisco World Music Festival and the Festival De Saint Florent Le Vieil in France. Hadadi has also performed in The Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Theatre De La Ville in Paris and more recently, The Getty Museum in LA. Hadadi currently resides in southern California where he teaches Tombak and Daf.

If you are going to any of his concerts make sure that you go twice, once to concentrate and marvel at his ability in inventing new sounds and techniques on Tombak, his ingenuity and creativity, and, once to relax and enjoy his artistic creativit

Press:

"Go out of your way to find Midnight Sun even if you know nothing about Persian music. You will be rewarded beyond all expectation ... the drum work of Pejman Hadadi is what really gives Midnight Sun its kick." - Aaron Howard, Rootsworld.com

"These duets are extraordinary, together they soar into wild molten riffs, and then return to earth to depict the sad reality of a people without an independent state of their own." - W. Bloomhuff, Rhythm Magazine

"Hadadi is a technical wizard who contributes fire and a unique personality to improvisational passages." - John Payne, LA Weekly

"Hadadi is a technical wizard who contributes fire and a unique personality to improvisational passages." John Payne, LA Weekly

"spectacular musicianship." Lewis Segal, LA Times

"The masterful Hadadi delivered an astonishing array of sounds." Don Heckman, LA Times

"Pejman Hadadi is the finest Iranian percussionist in America" William Bloomhuff, Rhythm Magazine

"Hadadi delivered a mighty tombak solo that had the whole house out of their seats and yelling" Greg Burk, LA Weekly

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