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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi | Polyphonic Solopercussion | Iran

„Like sounds from a different world“ (NDR Kultur)

„You could also say, this is a revolution.“ (ZDF-Aspekte)

„The best hand-drummer worldwide …“ (ORF)

„Watching the unbelievably virtuos soloist, one could get the impression he does not have two but at least six hands.“ (ARTE)


***Highlights: WOMAD Festival, Shanghai Worldmusic Festival, Philharmonie Köln, Roskilde Festival, Philharmonie Berlin, 5 Continents – Martigny , MASALAWorld-Beat Festival, Rio Loco – Toulouse ***

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi’s percussion solo performances by far exceed the idea of what to expect from a percussion concert.Playing traditional Persian handdrums (Tonbak & Daf) in his own uniqiue way, he crafts a network of danceable rhythms, uptempo beats and trance-like textures with great virtuosity. Melodies and polyphponies entwine one another in seemingly endless rhythmic variations, creating truly hypnotic worlds of sound. Mortazavi‘s amazing musical range stretches all the way from soft and slow toswift, dynamic and diverse.As a solo artist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi produces sounds of orchestral proportions merely by the dexterity of his two hands. His playing technique coupled with the broad spectrum of overtones allow for the simultaneous playing of polyrhythmic beats, sophisticated melodies, and polyphonic compositions.

Starting at age nine, the Persian musician and composer has come a long way from winning Tonbak competitions in his home country to concerts, productions and great success the world over. From playing big festivals like Roskilde in front of thousands of dancing people, to concerts in the BerlinerPhilharmonie as well as dance/theater productions all over the world – audiences, critics and the media agree:

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is a truly unique live experience!

*** Open for bookings all year 2016 ***


Transformation-Cover Titel | TRANSFORMATION
Interpret | Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Best.-Nr. | FF 00
Vertrieb | Broken Silence
VÖ | 24.03.2016
Codex_cover-250 Titel | CODEX
Interpret | Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Best.-Nr. | FF 0046
Vertrieb | Broken Silence
VÖ | 28.03.2013
Titel | GERADEAUS
Interpret | Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Best.-Nr. | FF 0031
Vertrieb | Broken Silence
VÖ | 11.11.11
Titel | Live At The Berlin Philharmonie
Interpret | Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Best.-Nr. | FF 0024
Vertrieb | Broken Silence
VÖ | 12.11.2010
Titel | Green Hands
Interpret | Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Best.-Nr. | FF 0019
Vertrieb | Broken Silence
VÖ | Mai 2010