Reza Samani

Daf, Kuzeh and Tombak

Born in 1977 in Iran, Reza Samani learned to play Tombak and Daf from his brother, Behnam Samani by the age of ten. By twelve, he learned to play a wide array of woodwind instruments including Sorna, Karna and Neyanban from renowned Iranian mas-ters Khodadad Gholami, Ruzali and Mahmud Sharifi. He has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Rahmatollah Badii, Hossein Alizadeh and Konstantin Wecker in various international music projects.

As a soloist and ensemble player in the music groups ZARBANG, Ensemble Samani, Rumi Ensemble and Tom-Ta-Ka Ensemble, he has toured extensively in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Reza Samani has performed in the Percussion Festival in London, Iranian Music Festival in Munich, Villas de Verano in Madrid, the Ruhr Triennale, the Silk Road Festival in Hong Kong and recently in the 2010 Sounds of Arabia in Abu Dahbi.

He has performed in many prestigious concert halls and for renowned radio stations such as WDR and SWR. Based in Cologne, Germany, Reza Samani has been teaching Tombak and Daf for several years throughout Germany and Europe and is an appreciated teacher for workshops and at festivals.

Andrea Piccioni

Tamburello and Frame Drum

... is recognized as one of the leaders worldwide on frame drums. He is author of a technical and stylistic renewal on the Italian Tamburello, has crossed with his style the boundaries of jazz, world, and early music. He is touring worldwide with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Gianluigi Trovesi, Basel Rajoub, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, Les Haulz et les Bas, Caitrìona O’Leary, Donàl Lunny and Wu Man. He is a popular teacher at major festivals, universities and conservatories around the world as well. Andrea published DVDs and books dealing with the Italian frame drums and rhythm language.











Sebastian Flaig

Darabouka and Cajon

... is considered one of Europe`s most exciting and promising musicians from the new generation of world percussionists. Through his stylistic flexibility and broad musical spectrum, he is in high demand throughout the jazz, experimental and world music scene. He was a member of the "Bundesjazzorchester" and has performed with various dance and theater productions including Komische Oper Berlin and Bauhaus Dessau. 

Sebastian studied in the renowned "Hochschule für Musik" in Leipzig. To expand his knowlegde of oriental percussion, he lived in Istanbul for one year to study with legendary darabuka virtuoso, Misirli Ahmet. He has toured in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon and composed for several documentaries

Joss Turnbull

Riqq, Tombak

...is playing middle eastern drums such as Tombak, Zarb Zurkhane, Mazahr and Reqq. Introduced to Iranian percussion by Mohammed Reza Mortazavi the Iranian goblet drum Tombak became the center piece of his artistic work. His sound ranges from minimalistic musical explorations of one instrument through fingers, palms, fingernails, sticks, tuning forks, brushes and rubber to more extreme and raw soundscapes, supplemented by electronics. Over the years concerts as a soloist and as a member of international acclaimed ensembles have taken him to world wide Festivals such as Shubbak Festival at the Barbican hall in London, Irtijal for experimental music in Lebanon 2015, Al Hamra Theatre Damascus, Tarek Atoui’s Revisiting Tarab at the Sharjah Art Foundation UAE, Jazzfestival Albania, Goethe Tour in Sudan, Eritrea and Jordania, Jazzfest Berlin a.o. He Released his first Solo Album "Isturnbull" in 2013 which was presented at "Deutschland Radiokultur" who call him „…the most promising and fascinating german percussionist of his generation“. 2014 he received an award for Solo artists in his hometown Mannheim, Germany. 2019 he is awarded with the Kathrin-Preis Scholarship for Young Jazz Improvisers by the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

Thórralf Schuh

Bodhrán

... was born in 1966, he showed his interest for drumming at an early age. Since 1995 he teaches the Irish Frame Drum  in individualised and group teachings, weekend workshops and had been honoured to present the bodhrán on many drum festivals. Tamburi Mundi, European Frame Drummers Meeting and of course DrummingHoliday are important events to be mentioned. As one of the first in Germany he published a website on this subject and a book featuring 100 celtic drum patterns. Influences from other drums of the mediterranian and oriental region and the work with mentally ill within drum circles show their effect during his tutoring. Since 2005 he leads a drum circle in a workshop for disabled. Beside all that he is taking care of this official homepage. 

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