GREEN HANDS presents the new compositions of Mohammad Reza Mortazavi and gives the listener an insight into the artistic work of this very special musician. By playing the Tombak or the Daf, both traditional Iranian drums made for the hands, Mortazavi creates a sound which makes you believe, that you are listening to a whole orchestra. His technique exceeds the limits of traditional music.
The Daf, generally played by Sufis, is a drum with a frame, which is often used for ceremonies. There are metal rings inside of the frame, which bring forth the typical sound of this instrument. The Tombak, having the form of a pear, has a unique and melodic tone. Obsessed by these two instruments, Mortazavi started very early to create new techniques and effects for the fingers and the beats. This was a revolution in the play of the drums. Since then he has found about 30 new techniques by which he is able to
play a great variety of melodies.
GREEN HANDS is also an approach to the recent political happenings in Iran which started in June 2009. Mortazavi dedicates his „Green Hands“ to the „Green Period“ in his home country. The colour green symbolizes nature, growth and a new beginning.
Mortazavi was born in 1979, the year when the Iranian Revolution started, and it seems, that this revolutionary spirit can also be found in his work. This musician is looking for his very own way of expressing music. For him his work is a never ending process, surpassing any kind of conventions. Mortazavi's technical perfection goes along with his desire to play these two drums without ever losing his curiosity and sincerity. GREEN HANDS is an attempt to be released from personal and musical dictates.