Genre: Classical, Jazz, Noise | Xprmntl

Sound description: Persian classical, folk, and original music played with mixed instrumentation (East/West, acoustic/electric) in the spirit of postmodern world jazz.

RIYL: Miles Davis, the Beatles, M.R. Lotfi, John McLaughlin, Pink Floyd, Paco de Lucia, Herbie Hancock, Umm Kulthum, Dariush, Ramesh, Kardes Turkular, Sima Bina, Mirza Abdollah, Inti Illimani, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Nino Rota, Jordi Savall, B-Side Players

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Inception: San Diego, 1985

Current Status: Performing on occasion.

Influences: Miles Davis, M. R. Lotfi, the Beatles, John McLaughlin, Pink Floyd, Mirza Abdollah

Background:

Based near SDSU, Dornob is a cross-generational Persian dastgah band, formed in 1985, playing avant-garde twists on classical Persian music. Their MySpacepage describes their music as Persian classical, folk, and original dastgah music played with mixed instrumentation (East/West, acoustic/electric) in the spirit of postmodern world jazz.

They play Persian classical, folk, and original music in untraditional ways, using jazz group concepts. Dornob's goal, in addition to friendship, crossing cultural bridges, learning the music, and having fun playing music, is to make Persian music accessible to young and non-Persian audiences.

In addition to Persian instruments -- tar, tombak, ney (bamboo flute), tombak and daf drums, santur, and qanun (zither) -- they also use fretless bass guitar, Persian-tuned keyboards, and other instruments to enhance their sound.

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