Naghmeh Farahmand (Iran/Canada)

Naghmeh Farahmand by Ellen Schmauss


Naghmeh Faramand apprenticed her art with her father Mahmoud Farahmand in Iran during which time she perfected Sufi, Kurdish and Iranian drumming styles with masters Faramasz Payvar, Pashang Kankar and Maussud Habibi. During this early period she regularly appeared on Iranian TV with major national ensembles. Faramand also developed an international following with international festival in Germany, Switzerland, Min On Festival (Japan) La fete de la music (France), Italy, Women’s Festival (Kuwait), Austria, and London. She has enjoyed collaborations of long duration with Iranian percussion icon Hassan Nahid, and vocal sensation Hengameh Akhavan. In 2010 she settled in Canada where she released her first CD “Unbound”, followed by two more CDs “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Refuge”. Upon her arrival on the  Toronto scene she was welcomed by Canadian artists of the Sufi, Arab, Bulgar, Kurkish, Indian and jazz traditions and established a reputation as a dynamic and innovative artist straddling artistic boundaries. She has appeared with the Tafelmusik Orchestra, the Toronto Consort, the Amici Ensemble, and David Buchbinder’s production of “The Roots of Andalucia” among others. Recent international performances include appearances at the United Nations Assembly Hall, Walt Disney Centre Los Angeles, Metropolitan Museum New York, and Queen Elizabeth Hall London among others. Naghmeh is committed to sharing her passion for traditional Persian percussion with her 2016 release of her instructional DVD on Persian rhythms entitled “The Iranian Daf” in international drumming language. A published author she has released her book Heleheleh that includes pieces for the daf. She is currently preparing another launch for her CD Drums&Dreams.  Naghmeh is passionate about teaching and enjoys an enviable reputation for her international performance workshops. She enjoys an active international calendar for upcoming seasons and makes her home in Toronto, Canada.