2019-20 SEASON
Trio Regard Persan

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Founded by three Irano-Canadian musicians living in Montreal, Trio Regard Persan is an innovative musical ensemble in which each member explores a new sound of Persian music through their respective instruments. Following the trio’s magical concert premiere in 2013 at the Garage Concerts series in Montreal, the musicians realized they shared an artistic vision – to bridge tradition and modernity with music that innovates, and to create contemporary music which lifts audience into a timeless place. Their unique blend has been performed in Canada, Europe, and China.

Consisting of traditional Iranian instruments, Trio Regard Persan performs on the tambour (the preferred instrument of Kurdish dervishes), the gheychak (a string instrument used by the Qalandars of Baluchistan) and the kamancheh (a Persian spike fiddle), and traditional percussion instruments. Some of these instruments date back to 1500 B.C. and in 2017, the art of playing the kamancheh was included into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

BIOGRAPHY

Tanbour player Pooria Pournazeri comes from a lineage of great Iranian musicians. At the age of six, he first pursued the instrument with his uncle Keykhosrow Pournazeri, teacher of Sufi music, with whom he learns both traditional Persian and Kurdish repertoire. After years of meticulous practicing in the intricate tones of a thousand-year music, by 14 he started composing and by 16 had made his first public performance at a competition for the Fajr Music Festival in Tehran. He was quickly noticed and joined the prestigious Shams Ensemble with whom he participated in the album Mastan Salamat Mikonand.

Innovative musician Saeed Kamjoo plays both the gheychak and the kamancheh. Born in Tehran, Saeed is a respected Persian musician and composer. A graduate from the Music Department from Tehran University, he furthered his studies in both instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music under the guidance of such renowned masters as Ali Akbar Shekârchi and Ustad Asghar Bahâri. His approach to playing kamancheh is based on his perception of the values inherent in classical Persian music.

 

Percussionist Ziya Tabassian assumes the rhythmic colours of the ensemble with instruments from different parts of Iran. He studied classical Western percussion and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal. His artistic aspirations, which lean toward improvised music from the Mediterranean and Middle East, found an outlet in Constantinople, an ensemble that he co-founded with his brother Kiya. He furthered explored the contemporary repertoire with Iranian percussion instruments, which was to have a lasting impact. A tireless traveller, he continued his research with such masters as Bahman Rajabi (Tehran), Aziz Alami (Fez), Trichy Sankaran (Toronto), Mısırli Ahmet (Istanbul), Shree Sundarkumar and Yogesh Samsi (India). His first solo album, Tombak, stems from his acoustic explorations on the rhythmic cycles of early Persian music, and was released in 2007 on the Ambiances Magnétiques label.   

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