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Concert: Secret Tale of the Tanbour

January 31, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Location: Campbell Recital Hall - Map Link

Concert by acclaimed musician Ali Akbar Moradi, joined by Arash Moradi, Kourosh Moradi, and Mehdi Bagheri

*Please note: This concert is free and open to the public, no ticket or RSVP are required. Seating is limited and first come first serve. Doors will open at 7:30 PM. 

Ali Akbar Moradi began playing the tanbour at the age of seven and learned not only the music but the Kurdish maqam repertoire. He has won awards, recorded several albums, and performed in Europe, the United States, and Canada with singers like Shahram Nazeri and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. In addition to teaching the tanbour in Tehran and his hometown of Kermanshah, Ali Akbar is a dedicated scholar of the tanbour and continues to develop the legacy of the instrument and the regional Kurdish music.

Arash Moradi is the eldest son of Aliakbar Moradi. Arash started learning tanbour at an early age from his father whom he later accompanied in numerous concert and festivals throughout Iran and Europe. Arash lives in London where he teaches tanbour, runs workshops on Persian and Kurdish music and collaborates with musicians from around the world.

Kourosh Moradi studied tanbour with his father, Aliakbar Moradi, studied daf with master Sufis of the Yarsan Order and tombak with Master Hamid Moghadam while growing up in Kurdistan. Kourosh has recorded and performed around the world continuing the family legacy of the tanbour with many esteemed masters of Kurdish/Iranian music. He continues to perform in conjunction with his father and carry on the family legacy of sharing the music with audiences around the world. He now lives and teaches in Southern California. 

Mehdi Bagheri has become one of the most renowned practitioners of the Persian kamancheh of his generation. A composer and multi-instrumentalist born in Kermanshah, Kurdish provinces in Iran. Mehdi received his master’s degree from the Arak University in 2004, studying with luminaries of traditional Iranian music, while simultaneously pursuing a degree in dramatic theater. He has performed at festivals worldwide and continues to pursue his work in various fields such as music of the film, eclectic music and Iranian classical music inside Iran and abroad.

Part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts


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Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts
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January 31, 2020, 8:00 pm