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Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

Friday, 29 March
Koorenhuis (zaal)

Cascading rhythms, uptempo beats and trance-like textures, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi’s musical efforts may be the work of a single pair of hands, but performed live they take on a sound of orchestral proportions. Born in Iran and now based in Berlin, the percussion virtuoso has been trained in the fine arts of traditional Persian hand drums – the tonbak and daf – from the age of six. Having revolutionised the instruments’ playing techniques, he now harnesses his unique dexterity to craft hypnotic polyphonic rhythms and refined melodies with endless variation.