COMPOSER, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, MULTI-GENRE AND EDUCATOR
Barbod Valadi with his diverse musical background sees the musical exchange between cultures as a vital proactive step in a global world. Born in Tehran, Valadi has a background in both Iranian Traditional music (Tar, Setar) and Jazz music (Guitar).
He studied a Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate certificate in music (Jazz Guitar) from Queensland Conservatorium and Bachelor of music with Honours at Melbourne Conservatorium. Here, he focused on the music of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis. Since, he has explored merging intricate, traditional, Iranian melodies and rhythms with the modes, forms and harmony of Jazz music traditions, performing at Woodford Folk and Ethno Roadshow 2014 along with Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Brisbane Jazz Club, and BEMAC’s Jazz Lounge, Uptown Jazz Cafe.
Barbod Valadi’s ambition is to find ways for his art to bring cultures together and engender better intercultural understandings.
"I first heard the work of Barbod and his collaborators when he began as a guitar student of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Jazzab subsequently crew out of these collaborations and we were delighted to hear the ensemble in the Conservatories 2014 concert series. Barbod came to our institution with many original approaches to improvisation and composition, and over the last few years has crystallised them with a diverse group of backing musicians into a unique ensemble, which blends the sounds of his homeland with his passion for new music."
Dr Steve Newcomb
Program Director (Bachelor of Music)
Head of Jazz Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
Brisbane Jazz Club Review
Jazzab gig on Saturday July 25th, 2015
The Farsi word Jazzab means attractive, alluring; words which perfectly describe the performance that a capacity crowd enjoyed on Saturday, July 25th at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
This was East meets West in a unique fusion of traditional Persian instruments and the Jazz mainstays of piano, sax, bass and drums.
Through two sets of original compositions, six brilliant musicians interlaced the magic and mystery of music inspired by Persian philosopher/poets, Rumi and Omar Khayyam, with a reverent nod to classic Jazz influences such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Gracious front man and composer, Tehran-born Barbod Valadi, played the Persian stringed instrument, the tar, and electric guitar. His countryman, Omid Rahimi played the Persian frame drum, the daf, and provided sublime, sweeping vocals that swirled around the Jazz Club as if delivered from atop a minaret.
Louise Denson was at her exquisite best on piano. John Stefulj was inspirational on sax, clarinet and flute. Eden Xenakis on double bass and Steve Fischer on drums were the skillful backbone for the complex 5/8, 7/8, 13/8 and even 14/8, timings and changes.
At the completion of Jazzab’s last set, the audience rose in a standing ovation, to express their appreciation for a memorable evening of entertainment at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
July 29, 2015 | 8:57pm
"Barbod and Jazzab first came a cross my radar in 2013 as part of an Iranian festival we supported. I was blown away by the concept and talent, and excited to see the band's interpretation of Jazz. I have watched the group's progress since then and have had the pleasure of programming them for a number of events, including our G20 Music by the River program and ( Planet program ) . In addition, we have recommended them to a number of other programmers. Consisting of some of Brisbane's finest jazz musicians, Jazzab, under the direction of talented Iranian musician, Barbod Valadi, provides a unique and mesmerising jazz performance".
Jo Pratt - CEO/ Executive Producer, BEMAC