Iranian Rhythms
Zarbang (Afghanistan / Iran)

Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
$300 / $240 / $180 / $120

Due to personal reasons, tonbak player Pejman Hadadi is unable to join the performance.
The programme will be performed by the five members of Zarbang.
For enquiries, please call 2370 1044.
. Some $120 seats may have restricted view
. Approx 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes
. Meet-the-artists session after the performance
Click here for details of Percussion Workshop and here for Talk

A hugely energetic Persian percussion sextet
Pulsating and ecstatic!

"You didn't have to be Persian to feel the tidal, nostalgic pull of the music" - Los Angeles Times

"Riveting... out of drums played with every part of the hand came drama... With the full Zarbang on stage, all hell broke loose!" – The Independent, UK

Zarbang is a riveting ensemble formed in Germany in 1996 by six leading musicians from Iran and Afghanistan. Blending pulsating rhythms with haunting vocals, they have successfully introduced their striking fusion of ancient Persian percussion and Sufi music worldwide, taking audiences on an exotic, imaginative journey.

Each of the six is a master of his art. Hailed as "the finest Iranian percussionist in the West", acclaimed tonbak and daf player Pejman Hadadi is joined by brothers Behnam and Reza Samani on tonbak, delivering an amazing display of dextrous drumming. Sharing the stage is celebrated Afghani multi-percussionist Hakim Ludin, known for his eclectic drum performances on daf, dammam and udu, and vocalist and zarb player Morshed Mehregan, who guides listeners into the music of ancient Persian martial arts. Javid Afsari Rad completes the line-up, adding a touch of tenderness amid the powerful rhythms with the haunting sounds of the santur.

Together, these superb musicians fuse their talents into an innovative new vision, creating an exhilarating experience which has taken major festivals in Europe and the US by storm. Their Hong Kong debut promises to be just as awesome.

Morshed MehreganEZarb (goblet-shaped drum) / Vocals
Reza Samani / Behnam Samani / Pejman Hadadi ETonbak (goblet-shaped drum)
Hakim LudinEDaf (frame-drum) / Dammam (dual-headed drum) / Udu (African drum)
Javid Afsari RadESantur (stringed percussion played with hammers)