The classical Persian drum, the zarb, originally came from northern Iran. It then travelled across Africa and Asia where it became popular amongst musicians from Turkey, Eastern Europe and North Africa. The zarb is one of the predominant percussion instruments, but it’s als considered as a melodic instrument sinc it’s played with the fingers rather than the palm of the hand. With as many notes as the piano, the combinations between melody and rhythm are limitless.
Djamchid Chemirani was thaught how to play the zarb in Iran by the great master Hossein Teherani, whose revolutionary work changed the zarb from a side instrument to a solo instrument. Djamchid was a master of the classical school as well as a modernist, ope to new ideas and styles. When he decided to leave Iran to move to France he was already recognized as one of the zarb masters in the world.
Not only he is a great musician but also a devoted teacher. His most promising and inspiring pupils were no other than his two sons : Keyvan and Bijan. This new generation would boraden his scope and add to the zarb other Middle-Eastern instruments such as the daf, the bendir, the saz and the udu.
In 1999, they founded the Chemirani Trio and have been entertaining delighted audiences ever since.
Djamchid, Keyvan et Bijan Chemirani – zarbs, daf, saz
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