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The debut album for Daramad was recorded by a young recording engineer and enthusiast by the name of Tom Wearne over a weekend at a beach house overlooking the sea in Safety Bay, Western Australia - an idyllic and relaxed setting to record about twelve hours of raw material.

During this recording Daramad focussed on original material and tunes that captured the spirit and uniqueness of the band. The rich variety of sound textures heard here reflects both the cultural diversity and multi-instrumentalism of Daramad, and the Persian classical background of two of its members is a strong influence in their sound.

The music is woven together like a Persian carpet of vibrant tonal colours and subtly evolving motifs. Like a carpet, there are many strands to the Daramad sound – the vivid interactions between plucked strings and winds, the rhythmic drive that propels the music and the coalescing of traditional influences with the improvisational energy of jazz.


released November 26, 2012

Mark Cain - saxophones, bass clarinet, tarogato, hulusi, suling & bottle reedpipe
Reza Mirzaei - saz & guitar
Michael Zolker - oud, tabla & riq
Philip Waldron - double bass & tar
Saeed Danesh - tombak, daf & cajon

Produced by Mark Cain, Michael Zolker & Reza Mirzaei
Recorded by Thomas Wearne at ‘Photography of Sound’ Studio, February 2012
Mixed by Jason Hayles, August & October 2012
Mastered by Gerard McGough, October 2012
Photographs by Alma Sarhan
Daramad logo by Reza Mirzaei
Artwork by Tom Mùller

© Daramad 2012
Ⓟ Parenthèses Records 2012


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Daramad Perth, Australia

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.
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