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© M. R. Mortazavi

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi was born in 1979 in Isfahan, two months after the revolution in Iran. He has been living in Germany for 20 years as a musician and composer. The diverse sound of tombak and daf has fascinated Mortazavi since his childhood. It connects him with an understanding of music and movement that is as multifaceted as it is constantly evolving. His musical ideas transcend traditional techniques and ways of playing both instruments. Mortazavi describes finding a balance between concentration and letting go as the core element of his musical work: a constantly changing movement in which the boundaries of body and mind dissolve into one another. Mortazavi directs his focus exclusively on music, detached from the instrument and national-cultural narratives, in pursuit of the idea of a universal music in which something human connects in a profound way.

In October 2019, his latest album Ritme Jaavdanegi was released on the Parisian label Latency, named by Pitchfork as one of the best experimental albums of 2019. Mortazavi has performed in concert halls such as Philharmonie Berlin, Sydney Opera House, in cooperation with Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and at festivals including Atonal, Rewire, Roskilde, Fusion, Ancient Trance, Seanaps, and Minimal Music.