Reza Samani (Iran/Germany)
Born in 1977 in Iran, Reza Samani learned to play Tombak and Daf from his brother, Behnam Samani by the age of ten. By twelve, he learned to play a wide array of woodwind instruments including Sorna, Karna and Neyanban from renowned Iranian mas-ters Khodadad Gholami, Ruzali and Mahmud Sharifi. He has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Rahmatollah Badii, Hossein Alizadeh and Konstantin Wecker in various international music projects. As a soloist and ensemble player in the music groups ZARBANG, Ensemble Samani, Rumi Ensemble and Tom-Ta-Ka Ensemble, he has toured extensively in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Reza Samani has performed in the Percussion Festival in London, Iranian Music Festival in Munich, Villas de Verano in Madrid, the Ruhr Triennale, the Silk Road Festival in Hong Kong and recently in the 2010 Sounds of Arabia in Abu Dahbi. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls and for renowned radio stations such as WDR and SWR. Based in Cologne, Germany, Reza Samani has been teaching Tombak and Daf for several years throughout Germany and Europe and is an appreciated teacher for workshops and at festivals.