As part of the Incense of Music series German electronics maestro Burnt Friedman and Iranian tabak player Mohammad Reza Mortazavi will join forces for a special concert at the Volksbühne’s Roter Salon this May.
Bernd Friedmann (also Burnt Friedman) (born 1965 in Coburg, Germany) is a German musician and producer who works under a variety of project names in the fields of Electronica, Dub and Jazz.
Friedmann’s music defies easy categorisation. His instruments include ambient noise and speech samples, analogue synthesizers and organs, as well as toy piano, steeldrum, kalimba, vibraphone or Melodica. Over the years his trademark sound became easily recognizable even in his remix work for other artists. Often complex polyrhythmic patterns stand beside long passages without audible drums. Since 2000 Friedmann runs his own “nonplace” label. He lives in Berlin.
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (born in Isfahan/Iran in 1978) started taking Tombak lessons at the age of 6. Overwhelmed by the power and fascination of music he learned to play the drum so quickly his teacher was unable to teach him any more skills at the age of 9. At the age of just 20 Mohammad Reza Mortazavi was considered by many as the world’s best Tombak player. In the course of his career he developed over 30 new striking and finger techniques and revolutionised the traditional way of playing – not always to the joy of the old masters. The audience in Teheran was delighted and his concerts were regularly sold out.
At the age of 22 the musician travelled to Germany for the first time and performed with great success in Munich. Apart from releasing several CDs he has been invited to a range of concerts throughout Europe, where he has swept audiences off their feet. In 2003 he received the German World Music Award RUTH in the newcomers’ category – as one of over 600 candidates. In March 2010 his concert successes were crowned by a solo concert he gave at the Philharmonie in Berlin.
Burnt Friedman and Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Monday 29th May 2017 | Doors 19:00 Start 20:00
Roter Salon in der Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte