Behnam Samani

Foto: André Elbing

... is the founder of the percussion ensemble Zarbang.  He studied tombak for 13 years with the great tombak master, Jamshid Mohebbi, in Isfahan, and later with other percussion masters in Tehran. 

Behnam has collaborated with some of the most celebrated Iranian musicians, including Faramarz Payvar, Houshang Zarif, Rahmatollah Badiei, Hossein Alizadeh, and Kayhan Kalhor. He has also extensively toured worldwide, collaborating and performing with many distinguished international musicians, in prestigious festivals and venues in Europe, the US, Americas, Africa, Middle East, and China.

Deeply rooted in rhythms of classical, Sufi cloister, and regional folk music of Iran and their percussion techniques, Behnam’s style, particularly on tombak, reflects a harmonious blend of Western and broader Eastern influences.