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Years Active 2010 - current


Members Reza Mirzaei - Turkish baglama & guitar Saeed Danesh - tombek, daf & percussion Kate Pass - double Bass Mark Cain - saxophones, ethnic reeds and flutes

Describe Your Sound

Daramad explores the confluence between the music of the eastern world and improvised jazz. A mix of Persian and Australian backgrounds, they perform an original repertoire, as well as innovative arrangements of tunes by famed composers of the Islamic world.
Daramad’s sound is a tapestry of woodwind and string textures, interwoven with dazzling rhythms played on traditional Persian percussion. Performing a broad sweep original repertoire, Daramad draws on Persian, Turkish and Arabic influences, all filtered though an Australian sensibility grounded in jazz and western art music.
Akin to a Persian carpet of vibrant tonal colours and subtly evolving motifs, there are many strands to Daramad’s sound – vivid interactions between the brightly toned Turkish baglama lute, double bass and winds and the rhythmic drive that propels the music, coalescing traditional influences with the improvisational energy of jazz.



Alexis Courtin


In the Persian classical tradition the term Daramad refers to the process of beginning, appearing or emerging. The group emerged in 2009 in Fremantle during a series of improvised concerts aimed at bringing musicians of different cultural and musical backgrounds together at Kulcha Multicultural Arts of Western Australia.



Career Highlights

Denmark Festival of Voice 2013
Fairbridge Festival 2013 / 2011
OM Australia Tour Support 2013
WAM Song of the Year 2012 - Nominated in World & Folk Category
WAMi Festival 2012 - Nominee in Best Jazz Act of the Year
Fremantle Festival 2010

Current Activity

Daramad is currently applying to Festivals to tour the Eastern States end of 2013 - start of 2014

Releases by Daramad


Parenthèses Records