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 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 recognized in the 2020, Queensland Music Awards. His work, Blue Earth was highly commended in the World Music category.
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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