Rahimi, Ramin / Tapesh - Iranian Percussion (CD)

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    1. Performer
    2. Electronic
    Number of Items
    Media Type
    Iranian Percussion
    Country of Origin
    Arc Music
    South Africa
    World / International
    Release Date
    1 March 2010
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Trio
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Presto
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Sweet
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I Am the Tombak!
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Familiar
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Swing
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Moment
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Belief
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Only Us
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Technique
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Excitement
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Listen Carefully

    Personnel: Ramin Rahimi (drums, cajon drums, daf, darabukka, dholki, djembe, tombak).
    Recording information: Rahgozar Studio, Tehran, Iran.
    Translators: Jeannine Blanpain; Ute Entwistle.
    While the better-known classical music of Iran comes in the form of more deliberate, staid variations on the traditional maqam system, there are other musical voices to be heard. Ramin Rahimi, of (among other things) the heavy metal band Angband, here takes his massive percussion ensemble to the studio for a set of high energy Iranian drumming. The instruments are traditional -- darbukka, daf, tombak -- but the music is surprisingly driving and powerful. The beats are just as Brazilian as they are Persian here, a surprising link to be found by simply speeding up the Persian rhythms and adding a cymbal clash here and there. It's nice to hear something interestingly different from Persian classical coming from a classically trained Persian musician, but the music never quite hits either end of the spectrum completely. While it's fairly good listening for a while, the percussion-only format tends to get somewhat monotonous after a few songs, reducing the excitement to be had in Rahimi's bouts with jazz, funk, and potentially, samba. At the same time, the energy is a bit too high and the speed a bit too reckless to let the classical elements shine through effectively. Not a bad album, but the listener has to be heading for a strange middle ground of styles. ~ Adam Greenberg

    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Tapesh/Ramin Rahimi
    1. Rahimi, Ramin / Tapesh
    Date Released
    Omid Nik Bin
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