The album GREEN HANDS presents new compositions of Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, offering an
insightful view into the artistic work of this very special musician. Mortazavi performs tombak and
daf, both traditional Iranian hand drums, and creates an impression as if listenening to an entire
orchestra, with a style that reaches far beyond the realm of traditional music.
Daf is a frame drum generally played by Sufis in devotional ceremonies. The metal rings inside the
frame bring forth the characteristically crisp sound of this instrument. Tombak is a drum in the form
of a goblet, used principally in Persian music, with unique melodic tones. Under the spell of these
two instruments, Mortazavi started to develop new finger techniques, rhythmic variations and tonal
effects at an early age. Since then, he has introduced more than 30 techniques which he applies to an
endless variety of melodies, opening up a new era in the performance possibilities of hand drums.
GREEN HANDS, started in June 2009, also reflects the artist’s view on recent political events in Iran.
Mortazavi dedicates this album to the „Green Period“ in his home country, green symbolizing nature,
growth and a new beginning. He was born in 1979, the year when the Iranian Revolution began, and
this revolutionary spirit can clearly be felt in his work. Mortazavi‘s technical virtuosity is fueled by
his desire to play these two drums with honesty and curiosity, always finding fresh approaches and
ideas to take him further than ever before. This album is a revelation of his attempt to find release in
personal and musical freedom.
Preparing For Fights
Derwish In A Club
Head Of The Caravan At A Loss
Scene Of Destruction
Life Is Bipolar
Smile While Flying
I Am The Wind
Draw Out My Claws
A Blissfully Dancing Leave
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