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Dornob

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

Inception

San Diego , 1985

Influences

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

Discography

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Based near SDSU, Dornob is a cross-generational Persian dastgah band, formed in 1985, playing avant-garde twists on classical Persian music. Their website 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.

“No one plays our style of jazz-influenced Persian classical music — not here, not in Iran,” says Farhad Bahrami.

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.

Their full-length Segah, on local world-music label Zaman, was recorded in April 2014 at Citizen Recording, with the eight band members augmented by Jesse Audelo on soprano sax. “I’m honored and humbled to have so many young jazz players interested in Middle Eastern music,” says Bahrami. “It gives me hope in the music, but more importantly, in the multicultural worldview of the young generation.”

An album called Standing Tall was released in 2016.

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