Biographies for Traditional Persian Music Concert (Sat. Oct. 14, 12:00 Noon)

Ali Razmi

 Born in Tehran in 1975, Ali Razmi is a gifted Tar and Setar player and composer who completed his M.A degree in music from The Art University of Tehran in 2006. He has had concerts in Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Turkey, Canada and the US. In 2002 he played in India as a member of Rumi group in a festival called : Jahane Khusru in New Delhi. There he got a chance to play with the greatest Pakistani Sufi singer : Abeeda Parvin. That was the starting point of his career in Sufi music. Since then he has worked with great Sufi musicians in Iran and after his arrival to Canada in 2007, with the Rumi society of Vancouver, also specifically with a well known author and Sufi master: Kabir Helminski from USA. He has played in several video clips and movies also he composed his first movie music for a spiritual film called: Fly in 2003 for Iranian TV station. He has composed several Sufi songs on Rumi poetry who are performed in different Sufi events in Canada and USA, such as Sema 2009 ,2010, 2011 and 2012 at the round house and UBC Asian studies. Also in retreats in Santa Barbara and Vancouver with Kabir Helminski. His music is used in a Sufi documentary by Amar Shebib in 2012. He had a collaboration with the Musica Intima choir who is known as the best local choir in Vancouver in 2011 and 2012 with great Canadian composer , Ed Henderson. He has been a roster member of VICO, Vancouver intercultural orchestra since 2008.he has done several workshops and some compositions with Vico to introduce persian music to western and Eastern musicians.

Hamin Honari

Hamin Honari was born in Zahedan, Iran. He grew up in Canada and has been immersed in music from an early age . He has specialized on the Iranian hand drum, Tombak.  He began his studies of this instrument at the age of thirteen with Ramin Bahrami and later continued his studies with Master Pejman Haddadi.  
Hamin has focused on adapting his drumming style and technique to accommodate many different genres of music. He has toured as a member of the Dastan Ensemble, one of Iran's most well-known Persian classical music ensembles and has performed with many amazing musicians and singers such as Salar Aghili, Parissa, Hossein Omoumi, Hossein Behroozinia, Saeed Farajpouri, Itamar Erez, and Davod Azad.  Hamin lives in Vancouver, BC where he is actively teaching and performing Persian and middle-eastern hand drums.