گروه موسیقی ماندانا خضرایی
۲۱ دسامبر ۲۰۱۷ ساعت ۷ بعد از ظهر
Mandana Khazraei is a Persian Classical Vocalist / Poet based in the Washington D.C. area. She was born in Kerman, Iran in 1980. Mandana began her musical journey as a child studying Santoor while she was 8.
She developed an interest in Persian music, embarking on vocal training in the classical Persian ‘Radif’ system under one of the most prominent singers, Hengameh Akhavan.
She received her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Art & Architecture of Islamic Azad University.
She moved to the U.S. in 2009, where she began her recording career by collaborating on an album with Hooshang Frahani (Shabe Tanhayi). She has also recorded several songs with Babak Shahraki, Masoud Jahed and ….
SAMAN MAHMOUDI was born in Tehran, Iran. He started playing Tombak (Persian drum) at the age of 5 under the supervision of his father. Saman’s natural talent in capturing the foundation of Persian classical music and instruments such as Santour was noticeable from early stages of his childhood. He continued his learning under the tutelage of two Iranian master musicians, Mehdi Setayeshgar and Pashang Kamkar for one year prior to departing Iran in 1984, where soon after he resided in Austria, he performed in 1986 in Vienna, accompanying Iranian vocalist Soroosh Izadi also known as Soosan Matloobi at age 15.
Saman came to the United States in 1987 and continued his work and music, mainly improvisation based on radif. He is known for his spontaneous improvising style and dominating ability on percussive instruments. Saman had the privilege of performing with or in the presence of many Grand Masters in Classical Persian Music such as late grandmaster Jalil Shahnaz, late Jalal Zolfonoun in 1997 (Hyatt downtown San Francisco), legendary Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Late Parviz Meshkatian and in one occasion with late grand master Mohammad Reza Lotfi in a fundraising U.S east coast tour for tragic Northern Iran earthquake which occurred in 1990. In the recent years, Saman has also been involved in organizing and leading musicians into musical worldly fusions mainly involving different cultures and their music fuse with traditional Persian music.Member of the Pangean orchestra; he has also collaborated with other musicians from other parts of the world and performed throughout U.S.A
His diverse, semi-contemporary, intense and free soul approach to Iranian classical music has been definitely noticed by other musicians and artists.
Farhad Fallah was born in Karaj, Iran. He started playing Tombak since he was 15 years old. Taking Tombak Lessons by Tombak-Master Bahman Rajabi under the supervision of musician, Masoud Pourbakht, made him interested in Rhythm and Tombak specifically. As a talented learner, he reached to the advanced level very fast and started taking master classes with musicians such as Pedram Khavarzamini and Kamran Montazeri. He then self-studied the old-fashion style of playing Tombak by following the style of musicians like late Hossein Tehrani, Amir Naser Eftetah, and Naser Farhangfar. He also began to learn the modern style of playing Tombak by Kamran Montazeri before coming to the United States to study engineering in 2015. Meanwhile, he learned Kamancheh, classical Iranian musical instrument, and attended workshops by Siamak Aghaei to grasp the foundation of Iranian traditional music. Farhad has played as a soloist and also in a band in different venues such as Roodaki Venue in Milad Tower, Tehran and Mahan Venue in Karaj, Jahanshahr. Farhad had the privilege to perform with or in the presence of Grand Masters of classical Iranian music such as Milad Kiaei and Amir Babak Rokni Valla. After achieving “The Best Tombak Soloist Award” in Chegameh Arts Institute, 2010, Iran, Farhad has started teaching Tombak and Rhythm to convey what he had learned from his instructors. As a percussionist, he also plays other musical instruments such as Daf, Udu and Kajon.
Born in Iran, Navid Kandelousi started his musical journey at the age of six by studying violin under a Iranian and Russian instructors. In 1999 Navid was invited to join The Iranian National Orchestra as a violin soloist, a position which he held until 2006 when he left Iran for Italy. Navid studied western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Russia. In 2009, Navid was invited to join the Gateway Symphony in New York City and the International American YPHIL Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Navid Kandelousi has mastered virtuosic skills on a great breadth of instruments including the Violin, Setar, Taar and Kamanchah, in addition to experience with piano, tonbak, santour and gheychak. Throughout his professional career, he has collaborated with numerous prestigious Persian ensembles such as Iranian National Orchestra, the Orange County Orchestra, and has performed internationally (Sibelius, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, etc.) across Europe, Asia and America in venues such as Lincoln center, Juilliard Music School, Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Sydney’s Symphony Hall and Vahdat hall, while winning numerous music and violin awards. His teaching background includes work at the Yamaha School of Music, Suzuki Violin School, and Master Classes in Kamanchah, Taar and Setar at the Julliard School. Navid received a scholarship from Maestro Danial Philips in Queens College of Music 2012-2015, and recently attended the Silk Road Global Music Workshop with Maestro Yo-Yo Ma in Indianapolis.