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Masterclass: Ahmad Yousefbeigi

April 09, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall
710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA [map]

Percussionist Ahmad Yousefbeigi demonstrates the folk music of his native Kurdistan and the delicate, lyrical rhythms of Persian classical music in this masterclass.


Ahmad Yousefbeigi is an inspired and sought-after Kurdish Iranian percussionist. Born in Sanadaj, Iran, his passion for rhythm was fostered by the musical nature of the Kurdish community life and his brother's guidance. At the age of twelve he began formal study of Tonbak and Daf. In 2003 Yousefbeigi formed Kamand, a traditional Persian classical and Kurdish folk ensemble for which he was the lead singer and percussionist. For three years - 2006, 2008 and 2009 - he produced, organized and performed with Kamand and other artists to create a two hour music and dance concert called Norooz, a celebration commemorating the Iranian New Year and the first day of Spring at Town Hall Seattle. Yoursefbeigi's versatility, love of cultural exchange and collaboration has since led him to perform with many musicians and bands outside of traditional Iranian and Kurdish music including the Seattle based Balkan band Kafana Republik, improvisational ensemble YESOD, Middle Eastern band Shoruk, pan-Middle Eastern ensemble Mashriq, the Seattle Peace Choir, South American folk band Sin Fronteras, and Azeri band the Araz Ensemble. He has studied the Persian classical singing repertoire called Pish-Radif with Dr. Houssein Omoumi, master ney player and currently teaches Daf, Tonbak, and Kurdish line dancing.