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Shirzadi

Traditional has evolved to an extremely fine level in Iran, where was born. skills as an artisan are wide-ranging and impeccable. She was a premier Tombak student with Dr.Analouei but now concentrates solely on her favorite instrument, She has performed in many concerts, including the Chakavak and the Sama Ensemble concerts in 2005 and the Norooz concert at the Kennedy Center in March 2006. She is currently studying Daf with her mentor Mr. Naser Khorasani.

Abrishami

One of the area’s first, and most devoted the current Dr. Ali Analouei on the Tombak, she began studying Persian classical music in 1999. Born in Kerman, Iran, she has been a prominent member of the Sama Ensemble and has appeared in all of their performances. In 2003 she joined the Center for Persian Classical Music apprentice Daf and under the Mr. Naser Khorasani.

She has also played in several concerts with the Chakavak and Nava Ensembles

Azam Shariatpanahi

She was born in Iran. She started learning the art of Tombak playing under the guidance of Dr.Analouei for two years before she began embarking learning how to play the Daf. She has been taking and Vocal lessons From Mr.Naser Khorasaniat . For the past two years. She is also a vocalist and has performed in many of SAMA ensemble concerts including Norooz of 2005 at Kennedy Center, concert at Corcoran Gallery of Washington DC in 2003 and Chakavak Concert of 2005

Esmaeili

  was born in Virginia, in 1989. During her elementary and middle she played the violin and the flute. Cherishing her Iranian culture as a birthright, she was motivated to undertake her apprenticeship on the Daf with Mr.Naser Khorasani .

Nazanin Zolriasatein

Nazanin is a developing poet her family background for a central place in her life for Beauty, and Nature. Born in 1979 in Iran, into a family with generations of experience creating fine art, especially Calligraphy, she also credits the spiritual power of the Daf for bringing a smooth melodic rhythm into her life. After introductory Daf training with Mr. Azadi in Shiraz, she has been studying and playing Daf with Mr.Naser Khorasani .

Audrey Elizabeth

With a degree in theater direction from Pennington College, Audrey was a student for eight years of Adnan Sarhan, Sufi master from Baghdad. She has taught and studied in and studied dance in Uzbekistan and India. For twelve years she taught movement meditation and dance, as well as founding Dance without Borders in New Orleans. Fleeing Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she moved to Washington D.C. and immediately began studying Daf with Mr. Naser Khorasani .

Steve Bloom

Since 1969 Steve Bloom has played percussion professionally in thousands of performances and recordings in Cuban, Latin, Brazilian, Jazz, Rock and Roll, New Age, Celtic and Middle Eastern and Persian styles. With an academic foundation including Music Theory and Composition, Piano and Percussion technique, Bloom has since achieved a command of African and related traditions of drumming and song by the Oral Tradition, apprenticing with several fine Cuban masters; a Senegalese Griot named Djimo Kouyate; the Nigerian patriarch Babatunde Olatunji (each of whom he recorded an album with); and three Sufi master drummers, Adnan Sarhan, of Bagdad, Dr. Ali Analoui, and Easer Khorasani (both from Iran) at the Sama Ensemble Music Center (SEMC) in Vienna, Virginia.He has studied since 2001 with Mr. and recently has received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council to continue his formal apprenticeship on the Daf with Naser Khorasani. A member of the Sama Ensemble, he has been featured with them on several occasions as a percussion soloist. Bloom has performed and/or recorded with other noted artists like Tito Puente, Gregg Karukas, John Faddis, Dennis Cahill, bassists Andy Gonzales and Michael Manring, and flute masters John Wubbenhorst, Paul Horn and Nestor Torres.Since 1980 Bloom has studied in Cuba and elsewhere with masters of the bata drumming and guiro traditions and the ceremonial cantos of Afro-Cuban Santeria. Based in the DC area, Bloom directs and/or plays in several fine groups there. Bloom has designed workshops and clinics, some suitable for accomplished players and others recommended for beginners, to accelerate mastery of musical skills.

Bahareh Sarrami

In 2007, Bahareh graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. And from an early age, she had for music and towards Classical Persian music. At age 7, she began playing the Piano and later on was a student of Golnoush Khaleghi. While Bahareh enjoyed the Piano, she yearned to study a traditional Persian instrument and at the age of 13, she began to play the Santur, or Hammer Dulcimer, under the guidance of Shahriar Saleh. Bahareh performed with the Nava Ensemble at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on several occasions and often alongside the Saba Ensemble. And since 2008, Bahareh has been playing the Daf as a student of Mr.Naser Khorasani .

Zohreh Bakhshizadeh

Born and raised in Abadan, Iran, Zohreh received her BS and MS in Economics from Central Missouri State University. On the side, she recently commenced a masters program in Social Work at Catholic University. Although her studies did not include musical instruments, she has always had an ear for music. As a youngster, she played the trumpet and years pursued piano. her practice came during the Iran-Iraq war. And now, with daughters graduated from college, she is returning and to her Persian roots. She is currently studying and vocal with Mr. Khorasani .

Sam Zahedi

Sam was born in Maryland, in 1996. He is in six grades at Rocky hill middle school his hobbies playing soccer and Football. He had interest in playing Daf with Mr. Naser Khorasani.

Nancy A. Fitzgerald

Currently studying with mentor and teacher Mr. Naser Khorasani since spring 2008. Previously studied briefly with Dr. Ali Analouei and performed with the Nava Ensemble at the Washington, DC Folk Festival at Glen Echo, Maryland. In February 2008, released a CD with Stream Ohrstrom, Born on Wind and Fire. The music is entirely improvisation, with Nancy on singing bowls and Stream on People who are not related to either Stream or Nancy have praised the CD as “meditative and energizing.”Played djembe (West African drum) with The Blue Dragons in concert on several occasions.

Sara Siddiqui

Sara was born on October 24, in Dubai, UAE. She has been a student of Mr. Naser Khorasani at the Sama Ensemble Music Center (SEMC) in Vienna, Virginia since June 2009. She is currently attending The School of Islamic Sufism, MTO where she was inspired to learn the Daf. In Sufism, the Daf is used during Zikr means remembrance. Professionally, Sara is a Business Development Manager specializing in technology sales. After working over nine years for several technology corporations she recently established her own consulting firm based out of Ashburn, VA.

Tricia Collins: CPT, RD,

Tricia graduated in 1981 with a BS in Exercise Physiology. She began personal training but found her clients needed nutritional guidance. In 1999 she graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Nutritional Sciences and subsequently became a Registered Dietician and Licensed Nutritionist. In 2007 she received in Integrative Medicine. She plans to pursue a Psy.D degree and combine it with her love of the arts to offer an Art of Medicine approach to healing. She is currently studying Daf with her mentor Mr. Naser Khorasani at the Sama Ensemble music (SEMC) center in Vienna, Virginia.

Eradat

Born in Iran, began training in Persian Classical Music Theory with Ms. Fereshteh Houshmand in Tehran in 1993. Since moving to the United States in 1997, she has pursued a calling she has always felt and her Daf studies with Mr.Naser Khorasani at the Sama Ensemble music (SEMC) center in Vienna, Virginia beginning in July 2005, and is a member of the Sama Ensemble. She holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Shideh Hafezi

She undertook her Daf studies with Mr.Naser Khorasani at the Sama Ensemble music (SEMC) center in Vienna, Virginia beginning in July 2007, and is a member of the Sama Ensemble.

Fayzmehr

Fari was born in Tehran Iran in 1957. She went to England at the age of 13, where she began her piano studies. Fari attended St. James’s College and Princess Helena College and advanced her studies in mathematics and English literature. She began her vocal studies August 2005 with Mr.Khorasani.

Payam Mafi:

He is 14 years old. He Cooper Middle School. He played guitar for 5 years when he was younger and now he has converted his music studies to He began his Daf with Mr. Naser Khorasani since 2009.

Donna

was born in Maryland, in 1998 and she is 12 years old. .

She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2011.

Kaivon Tolooei:

He studying with Mr. Naser Khorasani since January 2009. He grew up listening to classical music and have always loved the sound and warmth of in the music. been drawn to its full and beautiful sound and always wanted to learn how to play the instrument but never have had the chance until he found out about Mr. Khorasani. He has been playing music since he was really young and for the He has been playing drums and percussion. he a flamenco/middle eastern band in Denver, CO and to try to incorporate more into the music. He is currently trying to start a non-profit music therapy organization that meets at children hospitals and centers to play and teach music the children. Since he was a kid he has been listening to music and dreaming about playing the and now he is living that dream!

Mandana Mafi

She jewelry design at California State University, Long BeachClass of 1985 · jewelry store in Newport beach ca. at the age of 23 then moved to Virginia and expanded my business and opened 3 more stores fashion center at Pentagon and she is the vice president and design consultant to The building group, that her husband 2005.She began her music studies under Mr.Khorasani's guidance since 2012.

Shahrzad Movafagh:

She has studied in the fields of psychology, clinical and pharmacology.in research and teaching in the above fields. singing and playing classical instruments.She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2012.

Mandana :

was born in Tehran, Iran and was raised in Abadan. She is very talented in Art, studied Interior Design and worked in Architectural field, opened her own Design business back in California. She also earned Real Estate Licence and has experience working At the present she is a Sufi of Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi, studying Path of Knowledge with guides of Hazrat Molana Salaheddin Ali Nader Shah Angha, Pir Oveyssi.She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2012.

Padideh Jalali

Padideh was born in Washington DC in 1992 and raised in Northern Virginia. She always had an interest in music, such as playing piano for 10 years, violin for 7 years, and has been singing almost her whole life. She is studying political science and international studies Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently taking vocal with Mr. Naser Khorasani center in Vienna, Virginia.

Omid Mafi

He began his Santoor with Mr. Naser since 2009.

Fatemeh:

was born in Maryland in She grew up in Iran where she became interested in the Daf and began She was a student of She began her Mr. Naser since 2010.

Mahboubeh Moslemi

Mahboubeh was born in Tehran-Iran in 1989. Her hobbies are playing volleyball Daf is the first instrument she began playing. She started practicing the Daf with Fathi and now she is the student of Mr.Naser Khorasani.

Rassteen,

is 5 years old and attends kindergarten. He really enjoys singing loves the sound of drums. He has recently classes and he hopes to play in a group as soon as possible.he undertook his Daf studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2012.

Kian :

He began his music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2012.

Ali Pouya

Is born in 2005 and he likes music and His favorite instrument DAF and Setar.He began his music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2012.

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Shervin Rahai

was born in Iran, Tehran.She has Masters in English and Literature. She is interested in Persian classic music.shervin began her Daf studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2014.

Farkhondeh Sadeghi

Born in Maragheh Azerbaijan. Moved to Tehran at age 15. Attended Hadaf High School. Studied at the of Pharmacy at Tehran University. Graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Practiced in Iran up until immigrating to America in 1987.Coming from she always had a great passion for art and music. Focused on oil painting for years and played piano in Iran.In America, she has worked as a pharmacist for CVS. Her years of practice in Iran and America total more than 35 years. And over the past 10, she has produced many beautiful watercolors. Since early 2012, she has opted to work and delve deeper into art. She also has designed many pieces of unique jewelry.She has always loved classical She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2012.

Soraya Shafaei

She was born Tehran. She currently lives in Virginia and

began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2012.

Nirvana Nejad:

is 9 years old and has been learning Daf with Mr. Khorasani since September of 2013. She is in 4th grade and loves dancing, gymnastics, roller skating and swimming. She is excited to learn Daf and would like to learn to play Santur as well.

Jahanshah Dormishian:

"Jahanshah was born in Teheran, Iran in 1953 and currently resides in McLean, Virginia, USA. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from National University of Iran and a graduate degree in Computer Science from University of London (1980). He started his career in computer science as a C programmer in 1980s at Bell Laboratories working on the early versions of the Unix Kernel. He later continued his programming career, staying mainly with the telecommunication industries.In the past twelve years Jahanshah has been involved with teaching online Computer Science courses at the Strayer University, and as a computer programmer and system architect in of SLA verification system for Sprint IP network, development of the SpyZapper at AOL, programming a prototype for HSPD12 Authentication System for the US Government, design of a Call Routing System for Embratel, the Brazil Phone Company. He has also been involved with of strong authentication systems using biometrics and applications, and highly secure, scalable, and components. And in he worked as an application architect for the Capital One Mobile Banking application. s current interests systems architectures based NET Framework, enterprise systems security, and encryption systems. Jahanshah also has been involved with programming mobile systems and mobile application developments during the past 4 years. that is beside his new interest in the music and playing DAF under Khorasani’s guidance and mentorship."

Mahnaz V.

was born and raised in Tehran, Iran from speaking parents, who were listening music and songs at home. food science and agriculture in Adana, Turkey and my education Nursing. she is enrolled in in Public Health. Mahnaz love music, literature, science, and history, also enjoy gardening, landscaping, farming, hiking, traveling, visiting ancient worlds and art museums. She has been dreaming from childhood that one day she will learn music notes and able to look at them and play music. Khorasani has made my childhood dream a reality. She can not believe she is holding in her arms peace of nature which is shaped by to be an ancient Persian music instrument,

M.sanaei:

she began her Persian music and vocal studies

Under Mr.Khorasani's guidance since 2015.

Lili :

she was born in Iran & living in over 33 years.She

began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2015.

Mahshid Fard:

was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Earned her associate Degree in Translation from of Ankara, immigrated to United Stated in She studied Dental Hygiene at Northern Virginia Community and has been practicing for more than 15 years. She loves and gardening. she is a volunteer worker for of mercy Learning Daf has always been on her "to do" list so she began her studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2014.

Karmen :

she began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2015.

Haniyeh:

she began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2014.

Farokh:

she began her Persian music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2015.

Farideh:

she began her Persian music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2015.

Mrs.Lashkari:

she began her Persian music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2015.

M.Ovissi:

Maryam Ovissi is in service of Humanity by supporting the Awakening into Pure Consciousness and Formless Love. Her Paths of Pursuit are Yoga and Art.Through her studio and school, Beloved Yoga i​n Reston and Great Falls, she and fellow teachers brings the tools of Yoga and Meditation alive for the students in classes and through private therapeutic sessions. She supports the journey of Student to Teacher through her 200, 500 and 800 hr. School Programs. She honors her profound love for Iran through the journey of being a student of the Daf with Mr. Naser Khorasani. www.BelovedYoga.com

Sarah Osier:

Sarah was born in Maryland in 2001 and is currently a 10th grader at Muslim Community School in Potomac, Maryland. She is an artist at and takes Arabic calligraphy classes with world-renowned calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya. Her interest in Daf came about from a girl's vocal group she has been a part of for many years as well as a desire to recognize her Persian roots. She is thrilled to be taking classes with Naser Khorasani since 2016.

Leyla

was born in Tehran. She has her in Electrical Engineering and Master in Business administration and currently lives in Virginia. Growing up she has been exposed to the arts painting. However, never had the chance to play any musical instrument herself until recently that she is playing Daf under of Mr.Naser Khorasani since 2016 as her first instrument.

Shady:

Shady was born in Tehran .She entered “Center for Preservation of Music/مرکز حفظ و اشاعه موسیقی” at the early age and studied solfège , Music theory and playing Santoor under the supervision of Azar Hashemi.

later began studying the Persian traditional classical repertoire known as the Radif under the supervision of Pashang Kamkar. She has Master in computer science and enjoys coding , algorithm and studying music. she is playing Daf and santoor under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2015.

Nahid Zangeneh

Nahid was born and raised in Kermanshah Iran

She started music training at age during elementary school at under of Mr. Kurdish music and singing became her passion. She moved to in the and went to school and got her DDS degree from New York University. She has been practicing Dentistry in the Baltimore area as well as teaching at the University of Maryland Advanced General Dentistry Dept. Music has always remained close to her heart and that is why she feels like she needs to go back to her roots where it all began, training and playing Daf and pursuing her dreams.She is thrilled to be taking classes with Mr.Khorasani since 2016.

Yasna Khademian

She is a rising senior in high school and has studied classical voice since 9th grade. She also has experience playing the piano and guitar and started studying under of Mr.Khorasani since 2016.

T.Heydari

He has been starting Santoor classes with Mr.Khorasani since 2016.

Mehrnaz:

She was Tehran, Iran. She studied chemistry at Shiraz University in Iran. Then she went to Germany and received her MSc. and Dr. Degree in Biochemistry. She is currently a Research Staff at Cancer Center of Howard University in DC. She has for classical Persian music; however, she never had a chance to play a musical instrument herself. she has been starting Daf classes under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since December 2016.

Sean Azami

A devotee both the arts and the sciences, Sean has played at Kennedy Center with the Mclean Youth Orchestra and is a member of the SAMA ensemble where he plays tombak. Sean is dedicated to maintaining both his Azeri and Iranian heritage alive through language, cultural practices, and, most importantly, music while expanding his realm of cultural understanding. He is headed to the University of Virginia where he will major in biomedical engineering on the pre-med track.He has been starting ( Daf & Setar ) classes with Mr. Khorasani 2017.

Layli Ziraknejad

She has been starting Santoor classes with Mr.Khorasani since 2017.

Nazim,

He began his music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2017.

Arezoo:

She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2017.

P.Leemooei

She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2017.

Tata.

She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2017.

M.Loghmani

He began his music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2017.

Amirali Khorasani

He began his music studies with piano under Mr. william chang guidance . he is folowing his father guidance on persian classic music since 2014.

Amirhossain Khorasani

He began his music studies with violin under Ms.Natalia vladimirova guidance . he is folowing his father guidance on persian classic music since 2014.

Erfaan Khorasani

He began his Persian classic music studies with Santoor under his father guidance since 2017.

Kimia Kalantari

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kimia received Daf lessons from Mr. Mehrdad Karim Khavari in 2001. Since then, she had performances with several ensembles, including Moshtaq, Avay-e Mehrbani, Dordkeshan, Khonyagaran, and Sama. In 2008, she was awarded the third prize in percussion section of Avay-e Mehr Festival with Dordkeshan Ensemble. She began learning Tar under the guidance of Mr. Fardin Karim Khavari in 2009. She participated in releasing “Halghe-ye Magham” album directed by Mr. Mehrdad Karim Khavari in 2012. After immigrating to the United States, she has continued her path in learning Daf under the supervision of Mr. Naser Khorasani since January 2018.   

Mojgan,

She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2018.

Shahrzad,

She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2018.

Soheyla,

She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's

guidance since 2018.

Niloo Heidarzadeh:

Playing different music instruments was one of her dreams, which she tried to make it true. By starting Piano, she found

out this might be an enjoyable music instrument to hear,

but playing it was not that interesting. Niloo started to study

about percussion instruments and became curious to

learn Daf and Cajun, and now she is doing her best to

reach her goal.(2018)

Zohreh Rezazadeh

President of UNESCO BMW Club, a Green architect intends to support: Sustainability programs and alternative energy practices Healthy, self-aware individuals, and peace around the world Expression of creative arts and handicrafts

“ My goal is to bring health and balance to my local community, through the teaching of illuminated disciplines such as Sahaja Yoga Meditation which has helped me to find peace within and enjoy greater harmony with the world around.” Daf playing and spiritual chanting help me to enhance above results.She began her music studies under Mr. Khorasani's guidance since 2018.

Parvaneh spandiari

PhD,FDA Regulatory Toxicologist

Parvaneh was Born in Tehran Iran.She began her music studies under Mr.Khorasani's guidance since 2018.

P.Moghadam:

She began her music studies under Mr.Khorasani's guidance since 2018.

Amin Ziraknejad

Amin is a talented 6 year old who is learning the setar with Mr. Khorasani since 2019.He loves learning traditional Persian music and greatly enjoys playing his setar. He hopes to learn the santur and daf eventually as well. Amin enjoys hiking, basketball and gymnastics. His older sister Layli who studied the santur with Mr. Khorasani.

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