World-renowned, Pejman Hadadi is considered one of the most innovative Iranian percussionists. He was born in Tehran, Iran on February 19, 1969. At the age of 10, he began studying Tombak, the central drum in traditional Persian music with Master Tombak player, Assadollah Hejazi for two years and owes the foundation of his training to this Master’s explicit teaching.
He continued his training for a brief time with Master Tombak player, Bahman Rajabi who exposed him to an entirely different approach to playing the instrument. Pejman tirelessly followed the various styles of famous Tombak players and was captivated by such great Masters as Hossein Tehrani, Nasser Farhangfar and Morteza Ayan who influenced him greatly through their recordings. After some time, he felt drawn to the other primary percussive instrument in the tradition, namely the sacred frame drum known as the Daf. Pejman immigrated to the US in 1989 and began his professional career in 1991.
After collaborating with a few different music ensembles Oshagh and Nava, he began performing with Master musician and composer, Hossein Alizadeh in several concerts in the US which led him to pursue music with more diligence. In 1995, he joined Dastan Ensemble, the highly celebrated and “most-forward looking Persian music ensemble” (LA Weekly). Pejman has recorded many critically acclaimed pioneering works with Dastan and continues to perform with the ensemble in some of the world’s most famous concert halls.
This article originally appeared in the 2017 edition of Tirgan Magazine.
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