Mohammed Reza Mortazavi - 8.6.18

Nearly an hour of rhythmic explorations from tonbak player Mohammad Reza Mortazavi. His first vinyl release on Padre Himalaya was stocked by Hardwax - the comparisons between his technique and techno are evident. Live in a hot room, his playing barely ceases, and the organic polyrhythmic patterns he creates command a hypnotic force. 

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Mohammed Reza Mortazavi / tonbak, daf

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Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Friday the 8th of June by Shaun Crook. 

Available as 320k MP3 or 24 bit FLAC

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

At the age of just 20 Mohammad Reza Mortazavi was considered by many as the world’s best Tombak player. In the course of his career he developed over 30 new striking and finger techniques and revolutionised the traditional way of playing – not always to the joy of the old masters. The audience in Teheran was delighted and his concerts were regularly sold out.

At the age of 22 the musician travelled to Germany for the first time and performed with great success in Munich. Apart from releasing several CDs he has been invited to a range of concerts throughout Europe, where he has swept audiences off their feet. In 2003 he received the German World Music Award RUTH in the newcomers’ category – as one of over 600 candidates. In March 2010 his concert successes were crowned by a solo concert he gave at the Philharmonie in Berlin.

His solo tour for the album CODEX started in 2013, with almost 100 concerts around the world in venues such as the World Music Festival in Shanghai, China, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Philharmonie Köln or several times at the Fusion Festival in Germany. For the final concert in 2015, he sold out the Samaritan Church (Samariterkirche) in Berlin. In the same year Mohammad Reza Mortazavi started a regular acoustic event in Berlin, called TRANSFORMATION which is also the name of his 8th solo album, released in 2016.

In the beginning of 2018, Mohammad released his first solo vinyl record for the Portuguese label Padre Himalaya.