Solos + Duo by Ziya Tabassian (tombak) from Canada/Iran & Nathan Fischer (guitar) from the USA/KL
Date & Time : Friday, 2 February 2018, 8.30pm
Venue: RAW art space
No.8, 4th Floor, Jalan Panggong, 50150 Kuala Lumpur.
Admission by suggested donation RM20
About the musician:-
Ziya Tabassian began playing the tombak (Iranian drum) at the age of ten. After a brief initiation period in Iran, he continued his training in Montreal, Canada, his adopted homeland.
From 1994 to 2001, he studied classical Western percussion and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in interpretation from the Université de Montréal. In a residency at The Banff Centre in the winter of 2003, he explored the contemporary repertoire with Iranian percussion instruments, which was tohave a lasting influence.
A tireless traveller, he is continuing his personal research in advanced courses with Bahman Rajabi (in Teheran), Aziz Alami (in Fez), Trichy Sankaran (in Toronto), Mısırli Ahmet (in Istanbul), Shree Sundarkumar and Yogesh Samsi (in India).
As a percussionist, Ziya Tabassian is professionally active in early music (medieval, Renaissance and Baroque), as well as contemporary, current and world music. He plays with several other musical groups, including the Ensemble Caprice and has performed concerts in almost 40 countries in prestigious festivals and concert halls.
Supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts, he has many albums to his credit on some major labels. He has also performed in recordings by the Kronos Quartet, Kayhan Kalhor, Mercan Dede, Hossein Omoumi, En Chordais and Lo’Jo.
His first solo album, “Tombak”, stemming from his acoustic explorations and research on the rhythmic cycles of early Persian music, was released in 2007 on Montréal’s Ambiances Magnétiques label.
He recently published a second album, “Le Cercle des cycles” which was launched last November in Montreal during the Festival du Monde Arabe 2017.
Nathan Fischer is an American guitarist currently residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he is a Senior Lecturer of Classical Guitar at the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), and an Adjunct Research Affiliate with the WesternAustralia Academy of Performing Arts—Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
As a concert artist Nathan has appeared in the United States, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. His research focus has been on the performance and analysis of music for classical guitar with specialization in Malaysian, Egyptian, and Venezuelan music. This includes the development of a Malaysian and Egyptian national repertoire for classical guitar. While living in Egypt his performance research expanded to the Arab oud, and the gambus in Malaysia.
Nathan has worked with composers Kye Ryung Park, Aaron Travers, AhmedMadkour, Karim Frège, Kirk-Even Billet, and Tazul Izan Tajuddin. In addition, he has premiered works by Michael Smetanin, Ross Carey, Katia Tiutiunnik, Ainolnaim Azizol, Raja Alif, Andrew Zohn, Valerie Ross, Az Samad, Sharmine Bakri, and Vincent Lindsey-Clark.
As a teacher, Nathan has held faculty positions as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Post Doctoral Fellow at the American University in Cairo, and was a Visiting Professor at the National Conservatory in Cairo, Egypt. He has held adjunct faculty positions at the State University of New York in Fredonia, and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Nathan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Performance and Literature of Guitar. He received a Bachelor of Music from George Mason University and as an undergraduate he attended master classes with Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and in Les Arcs, France.