Ali Akbar Moradi

Ali Akbar Moradi (Kurdish: ʿElî Ekber Muradî ,عەلی ئەکبەر مورادی‎; born 1957) is a well known Kurdish musician and composer.[1][2] He was born in Gahwareh, Kermanshah Province, Iran. He started music at a very early age, and learned the Kurdish maqam repertoire and tanbur (Kurdish lute) under the supervision of Kurdish masters such as Mirza Sayyed Ali Kafashyan, Kaki Allah Morad Hamidi and Sayyed Vali Hosseyni. He gave his first recital in 1971 in Kermanshah. In 1981, he began collaborating with the Kurdish singer Shahram Nazeri, and performed throughout Europe and North America. He is an expert on the tanbur instrument, which is considered sacred in Kurdish Yarsani[1] and sufi music. He has performed music in New York City, San Francisco and London. On 30 September 2006, he gave a special program as part of Voices of Kurdistan in San Francisco World Music Festival, he has been appointed as one of fifty of the best musicians around the globe by a British music magazine. Moradi has written a book about playing Kurdish tabur, which includes most well-known maqams of tanbur.[3]

Ali Akbar Moradi
عەلی ئەکبەر مورادی
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Background information
Born1957 (age 63–64)
Gahwareh, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Occupation(s)Musician, composer


  • Fire of Passion, Kurdish Tanbur Music of Iran, 1999.
  • Kurdaneh, 2001.
  • Whisper, 2001.
  • Kurdish Music from Iran, 2002.
  • In The Mirror of the Sky, with Kayhan Kalhor, 2004.[4]

Music festivalsEdit

  • Montana Folk Festival, Butte, MT, 2014.
  • San Francisco World Music Festival, 2006.
  • Rhythm Sticks Festival, London, 2004
  • Broadway Theater, New York, 2004.
  • UC Irvine, California, 2004,
  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 2000.


  1. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (16 April 2015). "Review: Ali Akbar Moradi in Concert at Elebash Recital Hall". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  2. ^ University, © Stanford; Stanford; Complaints, California 94305 Copyright. "Concert: Secret Tale of the Tanbour – Stanford Arts". Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  3. ^ A. A. Moradi, Sad Dars: The Method of Playing Tanbour, 5th ed. Kermanshah: Ali Akbar Moradi Publication, 2012. ISBN 9789640485101.
  4. ^ "DealTime: Search, sort and save on great deals!".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ali Akbar Moradi at Wikimedia Commons