Mohammad Reza Mortazavi live in Berlin in 2013

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An international award-winning Iranian musician and composer is performing in Falmouth on April 26th as part of his world tour, with 25 concerts from last year’s WOMAD via Shanghai, Germany, Peking, Sweden and Cornwall.


Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is a traditional Persian hand drum player (Tombak & Daf) who performed at the Film Festival in Hamburg in support of Iranian film director Jafar Panahi. This Is Not a Film is a documentary by Panahi made in 2011 about his ban from working and subsequent imprisonment. Hollywood names including Steven Spielberg, Juliette Binoche and Michael Moore have also joined the cause of Project 20 to campaign for his release.

Mohammad on the hand drum (Tombak or daf)
Mohammad on the hand drum (Tombak or daf)

In Project 20, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi plays for 20 minutes, the number reflecting the years that Panahi has been banned from working. The rhythm replays Panahi’s heartbeat recorded while he is locked away in prison, Mortazavi projects the director’s “anguish, anger and determination to break through constraints and limitations,” says the website.


The event taking place at the Performance Centre, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, is organised by Christina Kyle as her final project for the Creative Events Management course. Kyle says: “Five years ago I was working on a festival in Freiburg, Germany, when I heard Mohammad’s performance. I walked into the church where the acoustics were incredible and people were in a trance listening to the rhythm of Mohammad’s playing.”

In the backstage area, Mohammad suggested a glass of wine, which festival worn Christina declined to go home to rest.  Kyle says, ‘I was so inspired by his performance that I decided to study events management so that I could experience the sharing of these artists with a wider audience.’


When Christina chose to study in Cornwall, she quickly saw the opportunity to bring Mohammad to Cornwall and found this possible from the skills she has developed in her final year of study.

Notes to editors

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi appears at the Performance Centre, Falmouth University, Tremough Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE

On Saturday 26 April 2014

Tel 01326 255885

Tickets can be purchased for £15/£12 concs from

Included in the ticket price is the opportunity to attend a workshop with Mohammad on

Friday 25 April 2014 at the Performance Centre
The workshop is free, however places are limited so to secure your place go to or log onto Eventbrite and entering Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

For information contact:

Christina Kyle


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