Kurdish Tanbur Music of Iran Ali Akbar Moradi Tanbur Pejman Hadadi Tombak, Daf, Nagada The region of Kermanshahan within the province of Kurdistan has a very distinct and ancient culture. Music is held in high esteem in this territory and the depth and diversity of the music make this region one of the most important within the musicology of Iran. Certain unique qualities of the tanbur music of Kermanshahan, such as those found in the intervals, rhythms, and melodic cycles, lend support to the view that this music bears close resemblance to the ancient music of Iran. Kermanshahan can be divided into three major styles1 Kalams are pieces with enchanting rhythms and are comprised of 72 maqams. The Kalams are seldom performed outside the Jam Khane the gathering place of mystics and dervishes of Kurdistan. The devotional and cultural aspects of this style have aided in maintaining its integrity.2 Majlesi maqams, also referred to as Hoore, are often performed for gatherings.3 Majazi maqams are not considered to be as elevated in status as the other two types mentioned. They have more recent historical origins than Kalam and Majlesi.The two major tanbur playing regions of Kermanshahan are Gooran and Sahne. Tanbur is popular among the Alavian who dwell on the foothills of the Zagros mountains. Morsheds bards and other prominent exponents keep this tradition alive.
Artist: Ali Akbar Moradi