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Ensemble Shanbehzadeh (Iran)
The Shanbehzadeh Ensemble offers a rare aspect of the traditional music and dance of the Persian Gulf, more specifically of the province of Boushehr, a little known region in the south of Iran. The main instruments they play include the Neyanbânn (Iranian bagpipes), the Neydjofti (a double flute), the Dammâm (two-sided drum), the Zarbetempo (percussion), the traditional flute, the Senj (a sort of cymbal) and the Boogh (a goat's horn).
 
Saeid Shanbehzadeh started playing music at the age of seven in his native town of Boushehr in the south of Iran, with the old masters of the music of the region. He began with percussion, singing, then learning the Neyanbânn (pipes), Neydjofti (double flute) and traditional dance. At 20 he founded the group the Shanbehzadeh Ensemble and won the first prize at the “Fajr” Festival in Tehran in 1990. 
 
Saied Shanbehzadeh never likes being told what kind of Persian music to play. He now lives in Paris, working with modern dance companies and performing the rich musical heritage of his home region, where Persian, Sufi, Arab and Indian traditions mix with African influence. 
 
During the performance, the ensemble whip up an intoxicating frenzy, a trance-like energy on stage. Shanbehzadeh dances and plays at the same time, throwing the bagpipes on top of his head and spinning down into mesmerizing dances.



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