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Shirzad Sharif was born and raised to a highly acclaimed musical family in Tehran, Iran which has nurtured the likes of the legendary Tar Grand Master Ostad Farhang Sharif, Shirzad was exposed to the amazing intricacies of Persian classical music from early childhood and while in Iran was fortunate enough to have grown up studying the Tonbak drum under the direct tutelage of Tonbak Grand Master Ostad Bahman Rajabi. While growing up in Iran, Shirzad also studied the Persian Sufi frame drum known as Daf & Sacred Sufi lute (Tanbur) considered the most Sacred instrument of Iran.
Learning these instruments required Shirzad's sharp focus and intense studying of the spiritual realm, a journey which begins by polishing the heart and enhancing the spiritual aspect of the human being over the physical. Searching for this knowledge & truth, Shirzad became deeply immersed in Sufism & other spiritual traditions and having attended, studied & performed in many different Sufi orders and tariqats, dargahs & khanghahs became very adept in drumming & performing live music along with Zikr (chanting) which is considered an Islamic musical form of meditation to connect to God and draw the divine energy into the world of matter. The highlight of this period of his life was attending the 2010 Haridwar Kumbh Mela in India, which is the largest sadhu gathering in the world!
While in the United States Shirzad also expanded his percussive knowledge to encompass all of the regions of the greater Middle East & is also the first percussionist to have composed a many number of percussive compositions using the three Arabic, Persian & Indian drums & rhythms, thus connecting and creating a sacred rhythmic triangle within the three ancient Silk Road regions.
Recently Shirzad has focused his efforts on expanding & reviving ancient & sensual national Persian 6/8 rhythms which are also used widely to accompany sexy Persian cabaret dance styles that have been abandobned and are in demise since the Islamic revolution in Iran & is extremely proud to have been called the Sultan of Reng for his research, lectures & performance work involved with reviving and restoring ancient & beautiful Persian dance music!
Shirzad is also the founder & musical director of Qalandariyun, Iranian Rengi Orchestra, Som'ma, Som'ma Sufi Ensemble and Somma Dub Ensembles which for over ten years has produced some of the most authentic yet innovative, progressive and forward looking Persian sacred and classical based music ever heard till this day. Using various forms and instrumentation Shirzad's strongly classical rooted pioneering music has been breaking genres, musical boundaries, geographical borders & raising audience consciousness worldwide.
Shirzad has a new custom made electric Tanbur (lute) instrument he calls 'The Freedom Axe' & is very excited to be composing, recording and performing new Electric Tanbur music in the darker genres & realms of music...