Daf Workshop with Jalal

Daf Workshop with Jalal

Saturday, April 20, 1- 2:30 PM

$20 before 4/20 - $25 on 4/20

The daf instrument is one of the ancient musical instruments played in Iran and neighboring countries and is classified as a percussion instrument. In Iran, Sufis use dafs during their Zikr rituals (spiritual chanting) and for meditation. In recent years, Iranian musicians have successfully integrated dafs into Persian music. The frame is usually made of hardwood with many metal ringlets attached around it. The tambourine is an offspring of the daf. Come experience first hand this amazing instrument that has been used for centuries for meditation.

This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to introduce the daf, its history, rhythms and maqams. All ability levels are welcome. If you haven't touched a daf yet and experienced the power of rhythmic sharing, this is your opportunity. Extra instruments will be provided.

Jalal Kimiaghalam was born and raised in Iran. He started learning the Iranian famous hand drum, DAF, from age 16 under the guidance of Meysam Afshin and Behzad Mahjoobi. Along with daf, he was also attracted to other Iranian drums such as Tonbak, Dohol, Damam, … which he started playing under the well known master Dariush Eshaghi’s supervision. He has performed as a daf player with various Iranian traditional and folk music groups, including Hezardastan, Koobang, Bamdad, Ranam, Delnava and delshodegan, in many concerts and festivals in Iran, China and Thailand and recently in the United States. He participated in the festival of traditional Maghami music in north Khorasan, the cultural festival of Iran-Thailand and a great project about Ferdowsi (directed by Reza Saberi). As a percussionist, he has recorded on several music album in Iran such as Mahe-Nahofte (by Ramin Milani) and Inja Kasi’st Penhan (by Mohsen Hejazi). He has lived in Virginia since 2013.

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