Reza Samani

Foto: André Elbing

... was born in Iran and started to study the classical percussion instruments of Iran, Daf and Tombak, with renowned masters at an early age. He later extended his skills with Udu and various frame drums. His percussive repertoire ranges from classical to folkloristic with an open mind to new influences. Besides percussion, he explores the possibilities of traditional Iranian wind instruments like Karna, Zorna, and Neyanban (a traditional bagpipe).

Through collaborations with fine musicians from other musical backgrounds, as well as through international performances, he continues to widen his artistic horizon with other percussive styles and traditions like Early or New Music or Jazz. Reza Samani has joined musicians like Hossein Alizadeh, Keyhan Kalhor, and Alireza Ghorbani on stage and has been invited as a soloist or ensemble member to prestigious concert halls and festivals such as Philharmonie Köln, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Gasteig München, Opera Oslo, Ruhr-Triennale, Silkroad Festival (Hong Kong), Fez Festival, Sounds of Arabia (Abu Dhabi), Female Voice of Iran (Berlin), Romanischer Sommer (Cologne), Tamburi Mundi (Freiburg), and many others.

Recently his book »40 pieces for Daf« has been published, as well as his new CD »Encounters«, on which he explores and celebrates the vital joy of musical collaborations