Founded in Germany in 1996 by Iranian percussionists Behnam Samani, Morteza Ayan and Siavash Yazdanifar with the purpose of introducing Middle Eastern percussion instruments to international audiences as well as combining them with percussive and melodic instruments from other cultures, Zarbang regrouped in 2001 with a new lineup of European and American expatriate musicians into a world percussion ensemble spotlighting some of the finest percussionists from Iran and Afghanistan which in addition to Samani includes Hakim Ludin, the virtuoso Afghan percussionist who also has a mastery over most Latin American, African, Indian and Afghani percussion instruments; Iranian Pejman Hadadi on the Tombak, Daf and other percussion instruments; Iranian percussionist Reza Samani, who performs Iranian wood wind instruments, Ney-Anban and Zorna in addition to Tombak and Daf; Iranian Santur player Javid Afsari and Morshed Mehregan, one of the most well known Morsheds of Iran on Zarb-e-Zoorkhane. (Dennis Polkow)
Thursday, May 8, Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, (312)744-6630. 7pm. Free.