Behnam Samani

Daf, Kuzeh and Tombak

...was born 1967 in Chahar Mahai, Bakhtiari in Iran. He started studying tonbak at the age of 13 with D. Mohebi who was situated in Isfahan. He has been performing around Europe since 1987.

He has collaborated with some of the most celebrated Iranian musicians including F. Paewar, M. Zarief and R. Badie. He has worked with international artists such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, D. Schneider and H. Mischke on several acting and musical projects.

Behnam has performed with Karavane and leads Ensemble Samani. 2001 he toured the USA, Britain, Brazil and Canada with Dastan Ensemble. He has performed at some distinguished festivals including the Music Festival 2001 in Sao Paulo, Persian Music Festival in Munich, Sweden and Italy, Rhythm Stick Festival in London and Rhythm Festival Zurich.

Over the past years he played in prestegious concert halls such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Gastgeig in Munich and Rasa in Utrecht. He has performed for the SWF and WDR Radio Stations in Germany and has numerous recordings and television appearances. He currently resides in Cologne, Germany.

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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.

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Andrea Piccioni

Tamburello and Frame Drum
Andrea Piccioni 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.

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Sebastian Flaig

Darabouka and Cajon

Sebastian Flaig 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

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Thórralf Schuh

Born 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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