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PEDRAM KHAVARZAMINI

    PEDRAM KHAVARZAMINI, born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975, is an acclaimed percussionist renowned for his mastery of the Tombak, the principal percussion instrument in classical Persian music. His musical journey extends across continents, with significant periods spent in Greece, particularly in Houdetsi, home to the renowned Labyrinth music workshop, and France, where he resided for 15 years before relocating to Canada in 2014.

    Under the guidance of esteemed masters Kamyar Mohabbat and Bahman Rajabi, PEDRAM enhanced his craft, eventually establishing himself as a leading practitioner of the Tombak. His album KOOTAH stands as a testament to his musical prowess and creative vision, showcasing his unique blend of traditional Iranian elements with influences from Persian, Indian, Turkish, and jazz music.

    PEDRAM’s performances are marked by his adept improvisational skills and innovative approach, earning him acclaim as one of the finest musicians among the new generation of Persian classical music practitioners. His collaborations with numerous international artists including Ross Daly, Stelios Petrakis and Jon Balke have further enriched his artistic journey. He has performed all over the world such as in Greece, Germany, China, Russia, France, and Canada.

    As a dedicated educator, PEDRAM has conducted classes and workshops at the Labyrinth music workshop in Houdetsi, Greece, and served as an instructor for Tombak at the University of Toronto. He is also the author of three books on Tombak, with plans for additional publications focusing on Turkish/Arabic rhythmic cycles.