Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

Live at the Berlin Philharmonie

Friday, March 3, 2017

Due to President Trump’s executive order preventing immigration and visiting visas to the US from a number of countries, we regret to announce that we were not able to obtain the necessary artist visas for this concert. While Mr. Mortazavi was not able to join us in person, we will instead screen the video of his 2010 performance at the Berlin Phliharmonie. Admission is free.

Respected from Tehran to Berlin to Shanghai, Iranian hand drummer Mohammad Reza Mortazavi comes to EMPAC for a rare US performance. Considered one of the most innovative and virtuosic hand drummers in the world, he has dominated elite international competitions since the age of 9. Mortazavi is most well-known for re-envisioning the traditional ways of playing the Tombak—an ancient Iranian goblet-shaped drum—and developing over 30 new striking and finger techniques, not always to the delight of old masters. Arte Magazine has commented that “watching the unbelievably virtuosic soloist, one could get the impression he does not have two but at least six hands." Mortazavi brings his lightening-fast technique to EMPAC’s Concert Hall for a solo performance.

Argeo Ascani
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Concert Hall
March 3, 2017, 8PM

EMPAC 2016–17 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.