Hamed Nikpay‘s concert tour for his new album All is Calm is coming up in LA (Oct. 2009). I met Hamed a few years back in the San Francisco Bay Area shortly after he had arrived from Iran. Hamed is a talented multi-instrumentalist playing Iranian string instruments like setar, but he is also a vocalist with a pleasant voice.

Hamed Nikpay, Seattle, July 2009

Hamed Nikpay, Seattle, July 2009

Although Hamed is trained in the traditional Persian music, he’s a breath of fresh air with his own unique touch, his choice of wonderful modern Persian poetry that he adopts for his songs, and fusion of traditional Persian music with flamenco and jazz influences. His musical arrangements often include non-Persian instruments such as flamenco guitar, saxophone and clarinet.

The first rate musicians he performs with all have mastery of their instruments and deserve a mention here: Greg Ellis on percussion and drums, Farzin Farhadi on saxophone and clarinet who is also the technical director for the ensemble, Daniel Fries on flamenco guitar, who is also Hamed’s main collaborator for many of the arrangements and is the band’s musical director, and Dimitris Mahlis on oud.

Make sure you hear his music and get his CD. There are plenty of samples of his songs on Youtube.com as well as his own website referenced above. Here is one of his songs called Deceit from his album All is Calm. Enjoy.