Kioomars Musayyebi

Kioomars Musayyebi was born in Tehran in 1977. He learned to play the santoor from the important santoor master Faramarz Payevar. He was taught music theory and composition by the film composer Farhad Fakhredini. In 2010 he received his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music from the Tehran University of Art.

For many years he worked as a santoor player and composer in several Iranian music groups, with various concert appearances in Iran and abroad, including at the Fadjr Festival in Tehran in 1992, 1994 and 1995.

From 2001 to 2008 he also accompanied two theater groups live in the Vahdat Hall in Tehran. He produced the music for two films, a commercial and a series of multimedia children’s stories on DVD. At the same time he worked in his own recording studio as well as in three other studios as a sound engineer and producer.

At the age of 18 he had already started teaching Santur at various music schools in Tehran. In 2007 he produced six CDs for Santur lessons. In 2008 he founded his own music school in Tehran, the “Avay-e-Shahrzad”.

He has been teaching, composing and playing in Germany since 2011 – with musicians from Europe, India, Africa and East Asia as well as with various international groups. In recent years he has been invited to several festivals, including: Fusion, Folk’n’Fusion, Hildesheimer Wallungen, Musica Sacra International, Essen.Original Ruhr International Festival and Dastgah Festival and with his band at the Creole 2017, 2019 NRW competition.

Since 2013 he has been a permanent member of the ensemble of the Transorient Orchestra, the current 12-piece world music big band from the Ruhr area.

From 2013 to 2015, Kioomars Musayyebi completed his master’s degree in “Musik.Welt – cultural diversity in musical education” at the University of Hildesheim. At the same time he worked as a lecturer for santoor at the Center for World Music (CWM) – Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.

In 2015 he formed his own band, the Kioomars Musayyebi Quartet. Four musicians from Iran and Germany play impressions of oriental melodies and rhythms mixed with European arrangements, world music with jazz influences.

Since 2017 he has been playing with “Orchestra der Kulturen” The Only Orchestra with instruments from all over the world under the direction of Adrian Werum.

From 2016 to 2017 he worked as a moderator and coordinator for the project “A Stage for Refugees” in the Ringlokschuppen (Mülheim an der Ruhr).

In 2017 and 2019, NRW Kultursekretariat took part in two dialogue projects entitled “West-Eastern Strings- Dialogue and SONIQ – Oriental Strings.

In 2018 he worked in the pilot project of the NRW Kultursekretariate “Qualifications of and with refugee musicians as leaders and lecturers.

Since 2018 he has played with Nowuz Ensemble. It consists of five virtuosos who studied the ancient oriental instruments djoze, santur, nay, duduk, qanun and various drums in their hometowns of Baghdad, Aleppo and Tehran and now live and make music in Germany.

There are workshops for Persian music theory in various cities throughout Germany, e.g. at the Dresden University of Music and the project “Forbidden Composers” as workshop leader & ensemble and moderator in Musikforum Bochum.

In 2018 and 2019 he accompanied the theater play as santur player

“A Letter to a Friend in Gaza” by world-renowned director: Amos Gitai in Paris and London.

Since 2019 he has been leading the external group of the project “We DO Opera! – The Dortmunder Bürgeroper” at the Dortmund Opera House.

For me music is a language, I find it is a common language among all people with different culture and language.

With music we can get to know each other better, or perceive ourselves, our feelings and ideas.

when instruments from all over the world are put together and played together, we have diverse colors of different cultures and languages, bringing solidarity and friendship. “Orchestra of Cultures” does the same thing I think.

My music comes from my culture that I grew up with, the source of my music is from oriental music but at the same time I tried to learn and try other music and character from other music. now I’m trying to build a bridge between cultures with my music through my instrument and composition.

A quote from Babette Michel (WDR3) :

“Kiomars Musayyebi confidently lets the thin wooden mallets fly over the Persian dulcimer Santur. He learned this from an early age in Tehran, also studied music theory and composition, earned a degree in instrumental music at the University of the Arts there and has enriched Iran’s musical life in many ways: as a live musician, composer of film and theater music, sound engineer, producer, santur -Teacher since he was 18 and founder of a music school. The focus of his research at the University of Hildesheim is cultural diversity in musical education.”