Aliakbar Moradi
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Aliakbar Moradi

Irvine, California, United States | SELF

Irvine, California, United States | SELF
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Selected Discography:

-Ali Akbar Moradi- Ensamble “ Moon Light” (2012, Serwah Record)
-Ali Akbar Moradi- Ensamble “ Autumn” (2011, Serwah Record)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Ensambel “Do Valeh” (2009, Mahriz Record)
- Ali Akbar Moradi “Maghamate Majlesie Tanboor” (2007, Music Center of Hozeh Honari)
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Kayhan Kalhor “In the Miror of The Sky” (2004,World Village)
- Ali Akbar Moradi “THE RITUAL 72 MAQAMS OF YARSAN” (2003, Inedit) – 4 CD set.
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Pejman Hadadi “Whisper” (2002, Quartertone)
- Ali Akbar Moradi “Kurdish music from Iran / Mystical Odes and Secular Music” (2002, Inedit)
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Parvin Namazi “Kurdaneh” (2001, Keresmeh)
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Pejman Hadadi "Fire of Passion / Kurdish Tanbur Music of Iran” (2000, 7/8 Music)
- Ali Akbar Moradi-Ensambel “Mahjori” (1997,Avaie Dell)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Bijan Kamkar “Sahar Waran” (1996,Sorosh)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Bijan Kamkar “Sirwan” (1995,Sorosh)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Ahmad Khaktinat “Terikai Hane” (1994,Avaie Dell)

Festivals and performances
Michigan Festival of Sacred Music (2011, Kalamazoo, MI)
World Festival of Sacred Music (2011, Los Angeles, CA)
Etno Music Festival (2011, Czestochowa, Poland)
World Music Institute (1999, 2004, 2006 & 2008 New York , NY)
Hellenic Festival S.A. (2007&2008 Athens, Greece)
Sevannah Music Festival (2008, Sevannah, GA)
World Festival of Sacred Music ( 2005, Los Angeles, CA)
Sticks International Drum & Percussion Festival (2005, London)
Intimations of Immortality ( 2002, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank London)
XIII Cantigas Do Maio (2002,Portigal)
Echoes from eternity (2000, Royal Festival Hall, London)



Aliakbar Moradi is the master of the Tanbur, a kind of long necked lute of Persia that originates from Kurdistan known to be a sacred instrument of the Sufis. Tanbur this three stringed instrument is thought to be one of the oldest in the world, having a documented 5000 year old history. Moradi's mastery of the tanbur and his commanding vocals, make him one of the leading masters of traditional Persian music in the world today. Born in Guran, Iran, Ali Akbar Moradi “the best Tanbur player alive” (songline Magazin issue 26, 2004) began to study Tanbur at age seven, eventually mastering the entire Kurdish magham repertoire. His incomparable style has afforded him performances throughout the world representing the top mastery of this region and the music of Kurdish Iranians. He currently resides in Kurdistan, Iran where he teaches Tanbur and continues to develop the legacy of the instrument and the music.