Mohammad Reza Mortazawi
(Iran, 1978) got his first lesson on the tombak, the traditional Persian vase drum at age six. At age nine he had excelled his teacher and at age ten won the annual tombak competition in his country. From the age of 20 he is regarded the best tombak player in the world. He developed more than 30 new beating techniques. Mohammad Reza Mortazavi recorded several CDs and gave concerts and media performances across Europe. He lives in Germany where he won the 2003 Newcomer-Weltmusikpreis RUTH. He gives solo concerts, but also works together with musicians and theatre makers. So in 2011 hcollaborated in ballet productions by choreographer Jochen Ulrich (†2012) at the Linzer Landestheater. In November 2012 his most recent CD Geradeaus was released, at the label flowfish.music, founded by Mortazawi himself.(WU 2013 GR)
Archive available for: Mohammad Reza Mortazawi
Humour eases all pain. No matter how deep the sorrow, or how explosive the situation. Are writers present-day jesters and do they get away with mockery, as long as what they say ismeant in jest? Three Pakistani writers cross swords, or rather: words, on this topic. With a poetic and humorous performance by Rodaan Al Galidi and music by the Iranian percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazawi. In English.
In countries like Indonesia and Turkey religion gets a hold over politics. Power is changing and so is the way people approach religion. Is religion in politics a doomed path? Or is secularism an overestimated political system, just as stifling as any other belief? Ece Temelkuran (Turkey) and Ahmad Tohari (Indonesia) on the influence of state-imposed ideals. With music by the Iranian master of percussion Mohammad Reza Mortazawi. In English.
Umar Mirza (the young editor-in-chief of Wijblijvenhier.nl (We're staying here.nl) and host of the tv programme Mijn moskee is de beste, (My Mosque is just it) in three programmes takes the audience on a journey. In part 1 we hear new migrants' stories. The barren cold, the great getting-used-to, we know about those aspects of migration by now. But what goes on beneath the surface? Reggie Baay, Nadia Bouras and Fidan Ekiz dig up intimate, hilarious anecdotes, offering a rare view of the inside of uprooted lives. With music by the Iranian master percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazawi. In Dutch.