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Passports: Music of Iran

Classical and Folk Music of Iran


Dornob Trio

The Dornob Trio presents a captivating sampling of the classical and folk music of Iran and the Iranian diaspora. Dornob is a multicultural, multigenerational collective of musicians learning and performing different styles of music (classical, folk, jazz-influenced) from Iran who have been playing Iranian music in San Diego since 1984. Their goals, in addition to friendship and fun, include learning the musical tradition, fostering creativity, and crossing cultural bridges.

A sampling of their music may be found on cdbaby.

Mahmood Shamshiri: ney, voice

Mahmood Shamshiri is a singer, keyboardist, and ney (end-blown flute) player. He has recorded two albums of Persian pop music under his own name and two Persian classical and folk music albums with Dornob. Mahmood’s area of specialty is Bandari music of his native Khuzestan (southwestern Iran). The Dornob Collective’s “Los Bandaritos” project is an attempt to preserve, and update, some of this popular and rhythmic Afro-Arab-influenced music of the Persian Gulf region.

Masih Salafzoon: tombak, daf

Masih Salafzoon was born on September 1984 in Shiraz, Iran, and grew up in a family that loved music.  He started practicing the tombak (goblet drum) at the age of 13.  The foundation of his musical education started with tombak Masters Navid Afghah and Mohammad Reza Kavari. He continued to refine his technique and practice with Master Bahman Rajavi. At the age of 17 he started learning daf (frame drum) and in two years was able to pass his knowledge on to his own students of daf and tombak.  He has performed with groups such as Chakameh, Chaghaneh, and the Audio and Video group in Tehran and Fars Province. He immigrated to San Diego in 2011 where he resides and leads a Persian percussion music group called Delnavazan Daf.

Farhad Bahrami: tar, guitar

Iranian-American musician Farhad Bahrami arrived in San Diego in the late 1970s and studied music composition at SDSU, graduating in 1984. Since then he has continued arranging, performing, and teaching in San Diego. In the 1990s he was fortunate to study Persian tar (long-necked, plucked instrument) with the great Ostad Lotfi and the vocal radif (repertoire) with Ostad Omoumi. Farhad is Dornob’s musical director.

Here is an interesting interview with Farhad in SD City Beat.


This program will be an intimate mini-concert, providing the audience opportunity to interact with the artist.

6:30pm – Doors open. Casual reception prior to performance.
7:00pm – Performance begins.

This is a casual BYOB event. Feel free to bring refreshments for yourself and your friends.

TICKETS $20/$15 Kalabash Students