Peyman Heydarian – Santur recital accompanied by Tonbak: Friday 29th of September, 6.30 pm 2017

The Nomads Tent is delighted to welcome back virtuoso santur player Peyman Heydarian. Dr Peyman Heydarian, born in Shiraz, Iran is an award-winning music scientist and santur virtuoso. Peyman learned Persian and Kurdish music under the supervision of music masters, such as Mojtaba Mirzadeh and Pashang Kamkar. His main instrument is the santur. He has developed his own performance style and has adapted innovative tuning systems and techniques to play a multi-ethnic repertoire on the instrument.


voice of Santur


Peyman has taught music and signal processing courses at different Universities and is currently teaching music in Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], University of London. He has also started giving monthly music workshops in Oxford, which are open to the general public.

He has established and presided over a number of musical societies and bands, including the Music Association of Iranian Students (1998) and the National Iranian Students Orchestra (1999-2004). Since 1982, he has performed in Iran, USA, Canada, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong and the UK. He organized and performed in a series of successful Kurdish solidarity concerts during September-June 2015.

Peyman was a founding member of the SOAS Rebetiko band and has played in the Rebetiko festival in island of Hydra, Greece for 8 years. He has been engaged in composing and recording music for films, including a BBC TV4 project “Axis of Light” and an Aljazeera TV film “Lover Boys”. He is currently researching the possibilities of pushing the boundaries of the Persian music and santur performance; also developing algorithms for automatic recognition of the musical modes (dastgàh / maqàm) in audio musical signals.


You are cordially invited to a santur recital accompanied by tonbak (Persian percussion) at The Nomads Tent, Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday 29th of September.

Admission: £10/£7 students. Booking advisable, purchase tickets here.


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