CHEMIRANI Trio Iranian Percussion | World Music

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 9 pm / Les Eyzies de Tayac Romanesque church

A zarb is a Persian drum made of mulberry or walnut wood with a goat skin membrane stuck around its entire perimeter. Originally from the North of Iran, the instrument then travelled throughout Africa and Asia and became popular thanks to Turkish, Eastern European and North African musicians. The zarb, or tombak, is a drum and a melodic instrument, which is played with both fingers and the palm of the hand. It can produce as many notes as a piano and offers seemingly unlimited melodic and rhythmic combinations.

It is really a splendid opportunity for our Festival to receive the Chemirani Trio for the third time. Spectators who have been lucky enough to hear them play here will have been bewitched by these exceptional percussionists.
For close to 40 years and since a famous solo recording for Harmonia Mundi, Djamchid Chemirani (born in Teheran in 1942) has followed his musical path accompanied by two of his sons: Keyvan and Bijan. Each of them has developed their own culture, explored different sound worlds and nurtured their own musical career. But they always returned to their big common work: formulating a universal rhythmic language. Dawâr represents the end of the path : never had the three Chemiranis reached such a limpidity of sound, born from the merging of their three strikes: it is through the exhilarating conscience of the work created together that they reach the spiritual experience so much at the heart of Iranian culture.

Djamchid Chemirani, Bijan Chemirani, Keyvan Chemirani
Zarb, Daf, Bendir, Udu