A classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Barbod Valadi brings an extensive range of styles and talents. Born in Tehran, he has a background in both Iranian Traditional music (Tar, Setar) and Jazz music (Guitar). A highlight of his repertoire is the fusion of traditional Persian music with contemporary jazz. Barbod has released six recordings including albums, EPs and singles. He has also collaborated with a diverse range of musicians and projects, as a guitarist and a freelance musician.
Having studied at the Queensland and Melbourne Conservatoriums, Barbod holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and postgraduate qualifications in Music. He aims to forge pathways of unity between listeners of different cultural backgrounds, ultimately engendering better intercultural understandings. Barbod sees the musical exchange between cultures as a vital proactive step in a global world.
"Barbod with many original approaches to improvisation and composition, and over the last few years has crystallized them with a diverse group of backing musicians into a unique ensemble, which blends the sounds of his homeland with his passion for new music."
Head of Jazz Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
Barbod’s work has been recognised in the 2020, Queensland Music Awards. His work, Blue Earth was highly commended in the World Music category.
GIG REVIEW - Barbod Valadi - Jazzab Ensemble
The Farsi word Jazzab means attractive, alluring; words which perfectly describe the performance that a capacity crowd enjoyed on Saturday, July 25th at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
This was East meets West in a unique fusion of traditional Persian instruments and the Jazz mainstays of piano, sax, bass and drums.
Through two sets of original compositions, six brilliant musicians interlaced the magic and mystery of music inspired by Persian philosopher/poets, Rumi and Omar Khayyam, with a reverent nod to classic Jazz influences such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Gracious front man and composer, Tehran-born Barbod Valadi, played the Persian stringed instrument, the tar, and electric guitar. His countryman, Omid Rahimi played the Persian frame drum, the daf, and provided sublime, sweeping vocals that swirled around the Jazz Club as if delivered from atop a minaret.
Louise Denson was at her exquisite best on piano. John Stefulj was inspirational on sax, clarinet and flute. Eden Xenakis on double bass and Steve Fischer on drums were the skillful backbone for the complex 5/8, 7/8, 13/8 and even 14/8, timings and changes.
At the completion of Jazzab’s last set, the audience rose in a standing ovation, to express their appreciation for a memorable evening of entertainment at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
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