Indoors at the Koret Auditorium – de Young Museum

Harp & Drum Duo – 2:30 PM at de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium

Pezhham Akhavass is a world class percussionist, Global Music Director of San Francisco World Music Festival, and modern day virtuoso of Persian percussive instruments Tombak and Daf. Born in 1980 in Iran into the artistic Akhavass family, with the support of his renowned father Mostafa, Pezhham began studying Tombak at the age of 5. In addition to Tombak and Daf, Pezhham is knowledgeable about Setar, Tanbour and Oud, and has studied other percussion instruments including: Indian Tabla with the guidance of Ostad Zakir Hussain. Earned his BA from Sureh University, Tehran. He has toured and performed extensively at notable festivals and in prestigious venues throughout Iran, Turkey, Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia, performing with world master musicians such as YoYo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and Diana Rowan. Pezhham has worked with the top names in Persian music, including Shahram Nazeri, Hossein Alizadeh, Aliakbar Moradi, Saeid Farajpouri, and Hossein Omomi. Pezhham teaches and gives lectures and demonstrations in Persian music and performance. He is currently studying music at SF State University. http://www.pezhham.com

Diana Rowan is an award-winning musical artist currently performing worldwide and recording both independently and in collaboration with other musicians, Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have unusual power and beauty derived from her ability to integrate the musical traditions of the many countries in which she has lived and traveled. Born in Ireland as the child of an Irish diplomat, Diana has performed all over the world, including the East Coast, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Diana’s 30 year performance career reaches worldwide from the World Harp Congress in Australia, to Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institution, to the US Embassy in Vietnam, to Eastern European cathedrals. She can be heard on many CDs and soundtracks for film and TV, including the recently released first-ever Celtic harp and Persian percussion fusion album with tombak master Pezhham Akhavass, entitled “The Sky at Dawn”. Based in the Bay Area, Diana holds a PhD in Music Theory plus an MM in Piano Performance. Diana teaches and presents workshops and lectures worldwide. Diana believes strongly in the healing power of music and plays often in hospitals and healing centers via her company Sage Harpists. http://www.dianarowan.com