(Ph. Cristina Canali)

Pejman Tadayon was born in Esfahan, Iran, in 1977.

Rome based Persian musician, composer and visual artist, one of the leading experts on Persian and Sufi music in Italy. In Iran, he studied Persian classical repertoire (radif) and traditional instruments (târ and setâr) with Kamran Keyvan, Mohammed Reza Lotfi, and Behrooz Hemmati. In 2003, he moved to Italy to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and Western music at the Fiesole School of Music.

In 2005, he settled to Rome where he collaborated with Mauro Pagani, Massimo Ranieri, Patty Pravo, Andrea Moricone, Andrea Parodi, Paolo Vivaldi, Moni Ovadia, Eleonora Abbagnato, Silvio Orlando, Maurizio Scaparro, Valerio Aprea, Pamela Villoresi, Nabil Bey (Radiodervish), Bungaro and Javier Girotto among others. He is the founder of the Pejman Tadayon Ensemble dedicated to the composition of music inspired by Rumi’s poetry and Sufism, releasing, in 2013, the album Universal Sufi Music.

In 2014, he devices his own sound paintings technique by inserting musical instruments strings in his visual works. In Rome, he founded the Galleria Sonora in which he organizes musical events and teaches oud, târ, setâr and Eastern music theory.

In 2015, with Stefano Saletti and Nando Citarella, he founded Cafè Loti, an evocative project in which cultured and popular music meet, creating an intense dialogue between East and West.

Pejman Tadayon’s project Rumi e San Francesco inspired the documentary When Rumi meets Francesco, by Egyptian director Mohamed Kenawi (Domino Film, 2017), in which Pejman Tadayon is the protagonist and author of the music.


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