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Ode to Hope: A Melodic Epiphany - in San Diego and Los Angeles

Diverse melodies and rhythms seamlessly fuse into a perfect whole,
 illuminating the collective pulse and its power to bring peace to all. Musicians from Iran and the United States together perform both ancient and modern melodies and rhythms, setting us afloat on an inner journey of passion and peace.

World renowned percussionists Pejman Hadadi and Greg Ellis are the pulse of this journey, as virtuosos Saeed Kamjoo on the Iranian kamânche, and Kourosh Taghavi on the Setâr improvise. These musicians bring to us as gifts, their passionate and haunting music, painting the canvas of life with beauty, harmony, and peace. Humanity is the essence of this unique performance that has its roots in a diverse world culture. Part of this quartet (Hadadi, Ellis, Taghavi) brought us the successful album "Epiphany" and now join another virtuoso taking us to a new plateau.


San Diego September 18 at 8:00PM
Neurosciences Institute
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Los Angeles September 20 at 7:30 PM
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Ticket and Information:
Tel: (858) 653-0336 Message (619) 374-7335

Pejman Hadadi

Pejman Hadadi is considered one of the most innovative Iranian percussionists. A two-time recipient of the prestigious Durfee Foundation Master Musician Award, he is the founder of Neyreez World Music Institute in Southern California . He began playing tombak at the age of ten with master musicians Asadollah Hejazi and Bahman Rajabi. He has been a member of the celebrated Dastan Ensemble for more than ten years and was one of the founding members of the highly acclaimed ZARBANG. Hadadi has also recorded and performed with many well-known musicians including Hossein Alizadeh, Shahram Nazeri, Homayoun Shajarian, Parisa, Sima Bina, Ali Akbar Moradi and Ardeshir Kamkar. Hadadi has created a new version of custom-made Tunable Frame Drums, (Davaayer-e Kooki), which he has brought into Persian music for the first time. These drums create harmonic intervals, allowing percussionists to play melodic patterns, which add a new dimension to ensemble music. Hadadi has toured extensively in North America, Europe, Iran and Japan , performing in major international festivals and prestigious concert halls. Some of his recordings include Call To Love (2008), Monad (2008) Persian and Middle Eastern Percussion (2005), Golestan (2005), Gol-e Behesht (2005), Shurideh (2004), Rengineh (2004), Journey To Persia (2002), Whisper (2001), Midnight Sun (2000), Fire of Passion (1999), A Tale of Love (1999) and Through Eternity (1997).


"Hadadi is a technical wizard who contributes fire and a unique personality to improvisational passages."
John Payne, Los Angeles Weekly

"The masterful Hadadi delivered an astonishing array of sounds."
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

Greg Ellis
A drummer and percussionist, Ellis has worked with diverse artists from Beck to Billy Idol, and has released four albums on Narada Records.  He has also recorded, and performed with masters of India Tabla such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Japanese Taiko drummer Kodo, Grateful Dead drummer Micky Hart, as well as master musicians from Iran , Africa, and Turkey .  His extensive work with composers Ben Watkins and Tyler Bates can be heard in the major motion pictures The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions,Fight ClubLara Croft: Tomb RaiderDawn Of The Dead (2004), City Of Ghosts, Dukes of Hazard, & The Chronicles of Narnia. Ellis' work is also expected to be heard in upcoming animated film Brave Story.

Kourosh Taghavi

Kourosh Taghavi was born in Gorgan , Iran in 1965. After his migration to the United States in 1984 he began studying the Setar with Ms. Partow Houshmand-Rad. He later had the great fortune to continue his studies of the Setar and classical music of Iran with Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Ostad Hossein Alizadeh. These ongoing studies are the source of his unique approach to the art of Iranian music. Taghavi's passionate and melodic approach to music is the foundation of his many collaborations and recordings with numerous artists performing both the traditional and modern art forms of Iranian music. Taghavi is one of the founding members of Goosheh, Seda, Sayeh Poetry and Music Society, and Namâd Ensembles with which he has toured throughout the US and Europe. His recent collaborations, celebrating the poetry and life of Rumi, with renowned master artists such as Hossein Omoumi, Robert Bly and Coleman Barks are some of the highlights of his efforts in promoting Persian classical music and poetry. As a faculty member of San Diego State University , Taghavi taught the Radiff of Persian classical music and oversaw related theses. He has been teaching the Setar throughout California , lecturing, composing original music for plays, creating compositions based on contemporary Iranian poetry, and recording passionate solo pieces. These are only few of many goals Taghavi has accomplished in his passionate quest for introducing and promoting Persian classical music. Some of his recordings include The Passionate Soul, Epiphany and Ossyân.

Saeed Kamjoo

Saeed Kamjoo, born in 1965 in Tehran , Iran , is a Persian musician and composer. He started learning kamânche at the age of seventeen under the supervision of Ardeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music under the guidance of such renowned masters as Ali Akbar Shekârchi and Ustad Asghar Bahâri. He is also a graduate of the School of Fine Arts from Tehran University . His approach to playing kamânche is based on his perception of the values inherent in classical Persian music. Kamjoo's style of playing kamânche combines creativity and authenticity with innovation. Although his music has its roots in Classical Persian music, he allows himself to explore the new.

Kamjoo moved to Montreal , Canada in 1997 and has since been collaborating with various ensembles in Canada , the USA , and Europe . He has recorded many albums and performed in numerous music festivals around the world. Saeed Kamjoo has also performed as a guest artist with Dastan Ensemble, one of the most renowned Persian musical groups. He is a co-founder of Namâd Ensemble. Some of his recordings include Six Old Songs, Ossyân and Taaloon.

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