Byzantine Time Machine are a new discovery, thanks to a darling friend in Italy who hipped me to their mix of ethno-dub music a few months ago.
Another classic podcast by Adam Kvasnica, who spins timeless weird Iranian grooves.
Hossein Alizâdeh is an Iranian master of the tar and setar, both related to the western guitar. In this video, he is teaming with the singer Raha and The Hamavayan Ensemble, his personal group.
The Faran Ensemble are a rather spectacular World Music group out of Israel, taking elements of the music of their neighbors. They are a band to watch out for in the coming years.
Even in Tehran, one can find good-quality alternative music. Here’s Comment Band, one of the better acts in town.
Ghazal are an Iranian-Indian supergroup of sorts comprised of Kayhan Kalhor from Kurdish Iran on kamencheh, sitarist Shujaat Khan and tabla player Swapan Chaudhuri, who both hail from India.
Iran has a musical tradition that I find even richer than the local Arab Gulf states have, and they aren’t exactly hurting in the music department. There is precious little known to Anglophone readers of the Mah Banoo Esemble except that the composer of this particular piece is one Majid Derakshani, who is a legendary …