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 Middle East’s predominant instruments of percussion, it is also considered a melodic instrument, since it’s played the fingers rather than the palm of the hand. With as many notes as a piano, the combinations between melody and rhythm are limitless.
Djmachid Chemirani was taught how to play the Zarb in Iran, by the great zarb master, Hossein Teherani, whose revolutionary work changed the zarb from an accompaniment to a solo instrument. Djamchid Chemirani was a master of the classical school as well as as a modernist, open to new ideas and styles. When he decided to leave Iran and move to France, he was already recognised as one of the only two living zarb masters in the world. Not only a great musician but also a devoted teacher, Djamchid”s most promising and inspiring pupils were none other than his two sons, Keyvan and Bijan. This new generation would broaden his scope and include other Middle-Eastern frame drums such as the Daf, Bandir and Udu. In 1999, Djmachid decided that his sons” skills were sufficient for them to turn professional. They founded the Chemirani Zarb Trio and have been entertaining delighted audiences at their concerts ever since.