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Getting In Tune

by Ramin Zoufonoun

Improvisations on Persian-tuned piano, traditional Iranian music.
Genre: World: Persian traditional
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1. Segah Ramin Zoufonoun/Amirabbas Etemadzadeh
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2. Deylaman Ramin Zoufonoun/Jamshid Zarringhalam
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3. Chahargah Ramin Zoufonoun/Amirabbas Etemadzadeh
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4. Shur Ramin Zoufonoun/Amirabbas Etemadzadeh
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5. Zarb-e Osool Ramin Zoufonoun/Amirabbas Etemadzadeh
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Traditional Iranian Music

Getting in Tune is a collection of pieces performed on the Persian-tuned piano mostly accompanied by tombak and at times by vocals and the daf. The interesting thing about this music is that a Western instrument, namely the piano, with fixed notes, is used to successfully express some of the intricacies that the Radif-based music demands.

RADIF
The essence of traditional Iranian music has been, for the most part, encapsulated in and passed on through the "radif" system. Radif, Farsi for series or row, is a large collection of musical motifs, each called a 'gusheh'. A gusheh, Farsi for corner or bit, is characterized by its unique melodic and/or rhythmic pattern and serves as the primary basis for improvisation and composition. The overall collection of gushehs are grouped into seven modes or dastgahs. Each Dastgah is primarily distinguished by its signature scale. The seven dastgahs are Chahargah, Homayun, Mahoor, Nava, Rastpanjgah, Segah, and Shur.


ALBUM TRACKS
Segah (track 1), Chahargah (track 3), and Shur (track 4) are totally improvised.

Deylaman (track 2) is inspired by a folk chant that Abolhasan Saba came across while studying the music of Northern Iran in the 1930’s. Named after the city of Deylaman, this melody was originally performed by G. H. Banan accompanied by the Golha Orchestra, and arranged by composer/pianist, Javad Maroofi. Lyrics are by the 13th century Iranian poet and prose master, Saadi. The poem, loosely translated goes as follows:

I am tied up in the chain of your love,
Like a deer caught in the lasso
Sometimes I weep at my incurable pain
Sometimes I laugh at my unsettled state
I am not the crazy lover Majnun to abandon my beloved
If you're wise enough, don't advise me in vain.


Zarb-e Osool (track 5) - Ramin first heard this piece performed by his father on the violin back in 1981 at a private gathering at their home. "My father played this melody at the end of an elaborate improvisation of dastgah Nava on the violin and when I asked him about it, he said 'it is a version of Zarbe Osool and most likely associated with an ancient dance form'", recalls Ramin.


BIOGRAPHIES
Ramin Zoufonoun, zoufonounr@yahoo.com, piano. Born into a family of musicians in Tehran, Iran, Ramin owes much of his knowledge of Iranian music to his father and mentor, Mahmoud Zoufonoun. Ramin’s primary focus in music is improvisation on Persian-tuned piano, inspired by Morteza Mahjoobi. Ramin also improvises on the tar, double-bellied, six-stringed, plucked instrument, as a soloist as well as a member of the Zoufonoun Ensemble lead by Mahmoud Zoufonoun. A resident of Northern California, Ramin is the founder of Z Venue, www.zvenue.org, a non-profit organization aiming to inspire and educate through artistic expressions and community involvement.

Amir Abbas Etemadzadeh, drummingcenter@yahoo.com, tombak, daf, was born in Tehran, Iran. He studied tombak with Amir Hejazi, Mir-aali and Kambiz Ganjehie. At the age of 18, Amir began teaching the tombak as well as supervision of Orf – music instruction. He studied the daf, composition and orchestration and led the school band at the Sureh University. A resident of Southern California, Amir continues to study and teach music while recording and performing throughout the US.

Jamshid Zarringhalam, navagc13@sbcglobal.net, vocals, was born in Tehran, Iran. As a child, he was inspired by his father and brother who played the tar and the santoor, respectively. As a teenager, he performed on Radio Isfahan and several other venues in Iran. His primary influence is G.H. Banan. He studied singing with Rubik Gregorian. He has collaborated with numerous ensembles including the Khaleghi Orchestra and the Zoufonoun Ensemble. Jamshid resides in Northern California.


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Farhad Tabar

Captivating
The CD sounds beautiful! Ramin and the company have put together an excellent piece of art. Ramin with his Persian tuned piano has been very inventive with the Persian notes and melodies. The CD contains exciting arrangements of mesmerizing songs! I would recommend this album for any one who understands and appreciates good music.

Rie

Thank you for sharing this work of art
Ramine,
It is a beautiful cultivation of which I have not heard before. It quiets the mind and elevates the spirit. I enjoyed the essence of your passion and love through your music. Best success, inspiration and love to you. Rie

abbas

**** 4 star
abbas shahid

Neema Hekmat

Another inspiring and creative masterpiece by R. Zoufonoun
Through his mesmorizing passages and awe-inspiring melodies, R. Zoufonoun directs his listeners to a world far-away, one where unbounded love, harmony, purity and peace cleanse the human soul.

Zinmar Aung


I actually have no idea about what Parsian music is like until I got to listen to this CD. It is really calming and peaceful plus amusing. It can make you happy listening to it.

farhad bahrami

rare new recording of Persian-tuned piano performed lovingly
You don't hear Persian-tuned piano everyday. After the fad about 100 years ago in Iran, not many artists - Persian or Western - have tried it, let alone excelled at it.

Ramin Zoufonoun is a rare artist reviving the Persian-tuned piano, and this recording shows the capabilities of this instrument well. Though mostly solo improvisations, the voice and Persian tombak drum are also featured. Ramin's touch is delicate, his ornamentation (tahrir) brisk, and his creativity abundant.

The CD is a pleasure to listen to as the continuation of Morteza khan Mahjoubi's work, as standalone improvised Persian classical music, as an introduction to Persian sounds (tunings, and rhythms), or simply as ambiant music performed lovingly.

David White

Intriguing!
A truly intriguing collection of work that carried this western listener off into a whole different world. A real pleasure to listen to, and experience!



Ramin,
Congradulations on such a wonderful release, it's so great that your work with the Persian piano is out there for us to tell more people about. It was a fantatic musical and cultural experience for me to learn about what you do and to work with you. I'll look forward to hearing more in the future and I'm excited to share your music with many of my friends! All the best, Matt Small

Booseh Productions

album a groove that has a tendency to stick in your head long after listening t
I call this album, cross-generational collaborations, and cross-cultural collaborations. The enormous imagination of Ramin can be felt in the entire album a groove that has a tendency to stick in your head long after listening to the song.

Arjang

Simply beautiful
It's simply beautiful, and I enjoyed it very much. Strongly recommend it to Persian tuned Piano lovers.
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