Barbod Valadi with his diverse musical background sees the musical exchange between cultures as a vital proactive step in a global world. Born in Tehran, Valadi has a background in both Iranian Traditional music (Tar, Setar) and Jazz music (Guitar).
He studied a Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate certificate in music (Jazz Guitar) from Queensland Conservatorium and Bachelor of music with Honours at Melbourne Conservatorium. Barbod Valadi’s ambition is to find ways for his art to bring cultures together and engender better intercultural understandings.
"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
The Farsi word Jazzab means attractive, alluring; words which perfectly describe the performance that a capacity crowd enjoyed on Saturday. 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. The ensemble 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 Jazz Club.
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