Forever Under Construction

Pejman Hadadi

Posted in Iran, Music by homeyra on January 4, 2007

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 🙂


Pejman Hadadi & Behnam Samani


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



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  1. peoplesgeography said, on January 5, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Wow! Hadai and Samani are amazing. Thanks for posting this wonderful feature.

  2. homeyra said, on January 5, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Tu PPGG 🙂
    It is incredible to see that such a simple instrument can be so different, in different hands. I have always been very envious of musicians, it is such great gift.

  3. Agent 99 said, on January 7, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Reminds me of a Ghanaian master drummer by the name of Kwaku Daddy — a maniac of the first order — who used to book high school gyms in Sonoma County, California in order to drum everyone off the ground. Tried never to miss a show. :p

  4. Shahriar said, on November 28, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Ba Dorood.
    What is the easy way to learn and read tomback notes?
    Please advise.

  5. homeyra said, on November 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Why don’t you ask Peyman?

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