Iran’s vocal supertalent

Flamenco Biënnale 2016

11 March 2016 | RASA Utrecht | order tickets
12 March 2016 | Bimhuis Amsterdam | order tickets

Singer Mohammad Motamedi is a great rising talent in the Iranian vocal world. His trademark is the tahrir,  the elegant Iranian ‘yodel’ technique, which he seemingly effortless knows how to perform. A perfect exponent of Persian classical singing from Iran's younger generation, Mohammad Motamedi finds his inspiration in his love of classic Persian poetry. 

With its breathtaking lamentations full of grandiose embellishments, he moves deep into the depths of the 'radif ', the classical Persian music repertoire. Through delicate moving ballads Motamedi juggles between subtle innovations and the centuries-old tradition. He performs with a fine touch and rare skill, and embodies the brilliant revival of traditional Persian music.
Since he won in 2013 he won the  prestigious ‘Radio France Musique World Music Award’, his star is also rising internationally. “Motamedi 's music shines with love for Persian poetry " says the jury report. Singer with exceptional inspiration, Mohammad Motamedi opens up the vast field of Iranian musical creation. Accompanied by kamacheh fiddle, tar lute, and the daf and tombak drums, Motamedi takes this subtle ancient tradition to new heights.

"Each singer is a witness to its culture and its history.
I hope to be a good link in this chain called tradition."  

Mohammad Motamedi

Mohammad Motamedi was born in Kâshân (1978), South of Teheran. From a very early age he has been immersed in the flamboyant heritage of Persian music. After having first learnt by himself how to play the ney and how to sing, he began learning Persian traditional singing following the style of Hussein Taher Zadeh under the supervision of Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh. He continued his study with Alireza Lotfi.

Called « traditional or modal music », classical Iranian music is actually « urban Iranian music ». Its repertoire, defined during the tribal Qâjar dynasty (1779-1925), is assembled in an ensemble called Radif. It is based on 12 musical modes made up of 450 modal figures (gushe), pieces of a puzzle that the singer puts together as he pleases to create new musical forms. From the high Persian musical tradition, with his imagination and inspiration, with the complicity of his musicians and in communion with the venue and the audience, he will chose in that instant the modes and poems he will sing.

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Mohammad Motamedi vocals
Sina Janahabadi kemanche
Babak Maddah daf
Ramin Azimian tar

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