Kurdophone is a Vienna-based worldmusic/jazz ensemble, founded by Omid Darvish (a singer and tambur player) in 2017.
Kurdophone members are as follows : Sarvin Hazin (kamanche/violin), Amir Ahmadi (piano), Helene Glüxam (bass) and Lukas Aichinger (drums).
Their music has been classified as worldmusic/jazz but they are remarkably successful in blending Iranian folk music with contemporary classical tunes as well.
As the musicians come from varied Iranian-Kurdish and Austrian backgrounds, they find a common cause and a shared language in Kurdish-Iranian music. Their pursuit is to bring Kurdish melodies (mostly tanbur-maqams) and western influences into a musical unity. Kurdophone’s first album 'Isomer' was released in 2019.
Omid Darvish was born in a family with Kurdish roots in Tehran, Iran. Growing up in such a multicultural atmosphere has led music to play a deeply significant role in his childhood.
His first steps into the world of music were learning how to play the violin at the age of 10. While he was focusing on the violin as his main instrument at the age of 18, the tambur, which is one of the oldest Iranian instruments, awoke his interest too. Among his numerous tambur teachers, Heidar Kaki and Yahya Ranaei are the two most influential ones. He also took lessons on Iranian traditional singing from Ali Khodaei. Sessions on jazz vocal from Martina Petz, jazz harmony from Uli Datler and classical composition from Arash Teymurian followed.
In 2017, he founded Kurdophone, an ensemble, whose main focus of attention is the combination of Kurdish and jazz music.
Sarvin Hazin was born in 1990 in Tehran and began her musical training when she was eight years old. She received her Honors Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The University of Tehran, School of the Fine Arts and Music in February 2013.
In addition to her appearances as a solo violinist, Hazin has collaborated with a number of Iranian professional orchestras such as The Iranian National Orchestra, Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra and The Parsian Chamber Orchestra. She was a nominated performer at the division of the recognized talents at Fadjr International Music Festival in 2013.
Sarvin moved to Vienna in summer of 2014 to study at The University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Professor Rainer Küchl. She has performed with various Orchestras such as Webern Symphonic Orchestra under great conductors including Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach and Semyon Bychkov.
In addition to playing the violin, Sarvin plays the Iranian string instrument kamancheh, which has led her to perform Persian and Kurdish music in Vienna regularly.
Sarvin currently performs with Bamdad Trio and Kurdophone Ensemble and she is a member of The Webern Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.
Helene Glüxam was born in 1992 in Vienna.
She began her music education by playing the cello at the age of 5, changed later to the E-bass but also learned to play the clarinet and the saxophone along the way.
Helene started her studies in E-bass at the Department of Popular Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2013, but she soon made herself familiar there with the double bass as well.
She finished her popular-music studies in 2018, under the supervision of Gina Schwarz and Willi Lager, continues to learn jazz-double bass from Peter Herbert at the Bruckner University in Linz and is an active member of the bacherlor studies of classical double bass by Werner Fleischmann at the University of Music in Vienna.
Lukas Aichinger was born in Bad Ischl, Austria in 1992.
Basic music and drum ecucation at LMS Bad Ischl and drummer´s focus Salzburg studied drums with Herbert Pirker and Jeff Boudreaux as well as Jazz composition with Christoph Cech at Anton Bruckner University Linz lives and works in Vienna as Live and Studio drummer in different bands
Amir A. Ahmadi was born in 1988 in Iran.
He studied Engineering at the university of Ahvaz and meanwhile Amir also studied piano, music theory and composition. After the graduation he followed his desire to study music and moved to Austria. At the moment he studies composition under the supervision of professor Carola Bauckholt at the Anton Bruckner University Linz.
Next to the studies he also works as a pianist and organises contemporary, jazz and classical music events in Austria and Iran. In 2015 he founded an ensemble Studio Fugu that works in a field of Contemporary arts.
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