May 22, 2023

Naghmeh Percussion Ensemble 



Listen to the sounds of ancient Persia in an intimate concert and learn about their instruments.

Naghmeh Farahmand Percussion Ensemble

Naghmeh Farahmand, Photo courtesy of the artist



Naghmeh Percussion Ensemble performs rhythmic pieces on a tonbak, an Iranian wooden goblet drum and a daf, an Iranian Framedrum. The concert will demonstrate the effects and techniques of hand drumming along with some popular Iranian classical and folk music played on tar, Persian melodic instruments and vocals.   

About Naghmeh Farahmand

Naghmeh Farahmand is a Persian percussionist who comes from a musical family. She is the daughter of one of the leading percussion masters of Iran, Mahmoud Farahmand.  

Farahmand started playing the tonbak when she was six years old. While learning the rhythmic patterns of Persian traditional music under the supervision of her father, she was encouraged to learn a melodic instrument to gain insight into the melodic aspect of music, as this would make her a better accompanist. She started playing the santoor under the guidance of Faramarz Payvar and Pashang Kamkar. Besides learning traditional music, Naghmeh found the daf very powerful and spiritual and began learning Sufi and Kurdish rhythms on the daf from Bijan Kamkar and Masoud Habibi.  

She has performed in many well-known Iranian traditional bands in Iran and festivals worldwide in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, France, Italy, Kuwait, Austria and London. She was honoured to perform with Hassan Nahid, Iranian master of the ney and Hengameh Akhavan, a famous traditional music singer, for years.  

In 2010 Farahmand moved to Canada and started working with world music, Arabian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Indian and Jazz. She has been teaching in different music institutes for 15 years and has taught master classes and workshops worldwide.  

She founded a percussion ensemble (Sharghi) while collaborating with Iran’s national TV, recorded numerous pieces and performed live for a decade. She is also skillful in playing darbuka (doumbek), dayereh, cajon, udu and drumset. She has published a book, Helheleh, that includes some pieces for the daf and is currently working on her percussion album, Drums&Dreams

Dates & Times

May 22
11am – 11:55am


Stage in the Park

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

Keywords All AgesKidsMusicPerformance