Peyman and his Tonbak …
… 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
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.
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 daf… here is a summary of his articles.
No War in Iran
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
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I wish all the success for Peyman in his career and his effort in promoting Persian music and culture.