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Peyman and his Tonbak …

Posted in Activism, Internet, Iran, Music by homeyra on January 9, 2007

… Drums not Bombs!

” … Following the Islamic Revolution, the tonbak gained popularity as Iranian pop music was banned and replaced by instrumental classical music. Today, the tonbak is a serious concert instrument as well as a party favorite among the people of Iran… Modern players are expanding the technique of playing the tonbak exponentially … ” Wiki

Tonbak solo in Austrian “colors of percussion” festival 2004

Peyman Nasehpour, born in 1974 comes from another family of musicians: his father is the recognized vocalist Ostad Nasrollah Nasehpour, and his grandfather, Agha Shakour, a famed garmon-player.

Peyman was acquainted with Azerbaijani and Persian music since childhood; he started playing the tonbak at the age of nine. He also studied ghaval and daf Azerbaijani and Kurdish frame drums – with renowned masters. Since, he has also added the indian tabla to his repertoir. Peyman holds a Master of Science in Mathematics and is an avid student of philosophy.

The Nasehpour Ensemble includes Peyman, his father and his two younger brothers Pooyan, a santur player and Parham, tar, setar and kamancheh player.


Beside his excellence as an instumentalist, Peyman is a very active promoter of music on the internet: along his English website, blog and Persian blog, he contributes to other websites such as the Persion Mirror, Drum Journey, Rhytmweb …, see his internet page.

You can find Peyman on almost all online discussion groups about percussion.

Why Internet? Because Internet connects people to each other and brings peace, love, respect and understanding.”

Peyman, an avid researcher, has many articles and interviews available on the net. The previous post about Ostad Tehrani was mostly based on his writings. To name a few of his articles: Ghaval, the Azerbaijani frame drum, Sufi rhythms for the dafhere is a summary of his articles.


No War in Iran
by Peyman

To desire peace, to have freedom, justice and democracy, to respect to human rights, to wish for the happiness of one’s family, to seek secure and safe life, these are all the shared sentiments of people everywhere…

… the following question rises: How, then, can we transform enmity to empathy, conflict to coexistence?

The only answer that I always find is: to respect our cultures and civilizations, to learn from each other, to understand our common sentiments and spread the love among all nations. Therefore, it depends on every culture’s ambassadors (particularly artists) how to promote peace, love, mutual respect and understanding …

The children of Adam are limbs of each other
Having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time afflicts one limb
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others
Thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a man.

… I, as a member of Artists Without Frontiers, invite all artists of the world to join us and start a new peace campaign before it is so late!

Sincerely yours, Peyman Nasehpour
The original text

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Links: One World Beat, The Musicians Alliance for Peace

I wish all the success for Peyman in his career and his effort in promoting Persian music and culture.


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  1. Bluebear2 said, on January 9, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Another percussionist you would be interested in:

    Mickey Hart

    Originaly with the Grateful Dead, he has done a lot of work with other drummers from around the world.

  2. homeyra said, on January 9, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you for the link BB2. I like the graphics, but haven’t yet figured out how to hear something.
    Will save the link for later.
    What about having a musical day or night? let’s say 2 weeks from now, all sister sites select a music, we can post them here or each in our own sites?

  3. Bluebear2 said, on January 9, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    I clicked the broadband link and the music started right away. My volume was turned way up and I had to scrammble to turn it down since it was blasting through the office – oops! 😉

    I’ll have to check it further to see why you are having a problem.

    We’ll have to talk about a musical exposition.

  4. Agent 99 said, on January 9, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Way cool… but this guy’s showmanship makes you kinda sleepy….

  5. homeyra said, on January 9, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    🙂 neufneuf-banoo, I love your comments!
    Very often musicians of traditional school are very self contained. For instance if you look at the Chemiranis, you’ll see the difference of showmanship of the father, from the old school compared to his french-born sons. The modesty is considered as an important feature of a master. You have to take yourself out of the way to “bring it” to life!

  6. Dr. Victorino de la Vega said, on January 10, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Funny how words travel and mutate

    “Ustad” means teacher or master in Persian

    Gave us “Usatz” in Arabic which means professor or sir/mister

    Moved to Spain (subsequently Latin America) with the Arab-Islamic conquest in the form of “Usted” = ‘Dear Sir’ in Spanish with a special verbal conjugación attached to it (similar to “vous” in French)

    Plus ça change!

  7. homeyra said, on January 10, 2007 at 5:53 am

    Thank you dear Professor for this interesting travel and mutation story about Ostad/Usted (I was going to write travelo-mutation!!).
    Funny, words don’t think twice to cross not only Karoon, but the Atlantic 🙂
    So shall Persians!

  8. Dr. Victorino de la Vega said, on January 10, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Funny, words don’t think twice to cross not only Karoon, but the Atlantic

    I guess it’s a case of touché as they say in Gallikistan


  9. homeyra said, on January 10, 2007 at 7:14 pm


  10. Bluebear2 said, on January 10, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    When my words don’t like your words we can have a war-of-words!

    It’s a lot better than a real war – no one dies and it only costs ink and paper!

  11. servant said, on January 11, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Delicious post, Homey. Thank you.

    Homeyra: Welcome Servant!

  12. Beshkan « Forever Under Construction said, on March 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm

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