Oh well, for no reason at all I am in a Tonbak mood. Maybe this is a psychological reaction to all the news which make never sense to me.
Afsaneh, an acquaintance once told me the following. She is probably in her late 60’s now. In her youth she decided to learn to play the tonbak, “nothing was as great as to start the day playing it”. She had managed to have a teacher coming home early in the morning, scheduled at a time to avoid her father. At that time playing music and specially the tonbak was far from acceptable in any traditional family, not to mention for a young girl.
All was going well until The fateful day when her father appeared earlier than expected, at the exact time that the teacher was leaving.
Afsaneh still recalls the look on her father’s face, watching in silence the teacher holding his tonbak going down the stairs.
Just listen to the following and you’ll understand Afsaneh-Khanom 🙂
The two-time recipient of the prestigious Durfee Foundation Master Musician Award, Hadadi began playing Tombak at the age of ten under the masters of the instrument Asadollah Hejazi and Bahman Rajabi. In 1990, upon immigration to the United States, he began his professional career as a performing and recording artist with ensembles of Persian classical music as well as Indian, Turkish and American musicians … read more or hear more