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Naghmeh Farahmand

Naghmeh Farahmand is a Persian percussionist who comes from a musical family. She is the daughter of one of the leading percussion masters of Iran, Mahmoud Farahmand. Naghmeh grew up surrounded by music in a home filled with drums.


Naghmeh showed great interest in rhythms during her childhood and started playing the Tonbak when she was 6 years old. While learning the rhythmic patterns of Persian traditional music under the supervision of her father, she was encouraged to learn a melodic instrument to gain insight into the melodic aspect of music as this would make her a better accompanist. So she started playing the Santoor under the guidance of Faramarz Payvar and Pashang Kamkar.


Besides learning traditional Iranian music, Naghmeh found the Daf to be very powerful and spiritual and began learning Sufi and Kurdish rhythms on the daf from Bijan Kamkar and Masoud Habibi.


Naghmeh has performed in many well known Iranian traditional bands in Iran and festivals around the world in countries including Germany, Switzerland, Japan (Min On Festival), France (La fete de la music), Italy, Kuwait (Women festival), Austria, and England. She was honored to perform with Hassan Nahid, Iranian master of the Ney and Hengameh Akhavan, a famous singer of traditional music for years.


In 2010 Naghmeh moved to Canada and started working on world music, mainly Arabic, Bulgarian, Turkish, Indian and also Jazz. She has been teaching at different music institutes for 15 years and has taught master classes and workshops around the world.


Naghmeh founded a percussion ensemble (Sharghi) while collaborating with Iran's national TV and has recorded numerous pieces and performed live for a decade. She is also skillful in playing the Darbuka (doumbek), dayereh, cajon, udu and drumset. She has published a book, Helheleh, that includes some pieces for the Daf .

Her first CD " Unbound " was published on July of 2012 which includes her compositions , some of which are accompanied by Maryam Hassan Tollar's voice.