An Evening of Persian Classical Music - Davis, CA

An Evening of Persian Classical Music, with Pezhham Akhavass and Navid Kandelousi.
at 7PM at Village Homes Community Center , 2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA. 95616.
information: 530-867-1032 , or email: info@timnatalmusic.com .


The collaboration between two world-class musicians from Iran who will bring their life time experience in music/art through their heart and friendship. Pezhham Akhavass and Navid Kandelousi will create moments and flow of traditional, folk and modern Persian music which have root in Radif (Collection of Iranian melodies in the modal system) and poetry (Based on circle rhythmic patterns).



Pezhham Akhavass, is a world-class percussionist, and modern day virtuoso of Persian percussive instruments tombak and daf.

Born in 1980 in Iran, he began learning youth music theory and tombak at the age of 5. With the support of his father, Pezhham studied tombak with Naser Farhang Far, and Saeid Roudbary. He earned a bachelor's degree in Music from Sureh University of Tehran in 2005, a bachelor's degree in World Music from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2016, and the Master's degree in Music History at SFSU.

Pezhham worked professionally in his 20s with the renowned Persian vocalist Shahram Nazeri from 2000-2007. He has recorded and performed with many master world-class musicians such as, Hossein Alizadeh and Aliakbar Moradi as well as many great world musicians from different cultures, including world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Pezhham was the featured percussionist on the 2010 Masters of Persian Music tour of the United States. He had the honor of performing in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals. In addition to tombak and daf, he is knowledgeable about Persian instruments setar, tanbour and oud and has studied other percussion instruments including: Indian tabla with the guidance of Ostad Zakir Hussain. Today, Pezhham resides in San Francisco California where he teaches private lessons in tombak, daf and setar. He is working on different productions and projects, gives lectures and demonstrations in Persian music and performances.