Boomkat Product Review:
Remarkably dextrous grooves from Berlin-based Iranian tombak virtuoso Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, issued by Portugal’s Padre Himalaya.
Mortazavi pursues polymetric spirits deep into the rhythmatrix, using his preternaturally honed classic skills, plus over 30 new self-developed striking and finger techniques which have revolutionised tombak performance, to reprogram the listener’s sense of timing and proprioception in-the-moment.
It’s an absolute pleasure to even attempt to follow and anticipate these flurries and inventive syncopations, which seem to cascade from the player in a complexity that sounds like more than two hands on the drum. In an important way, these are the kind of patterns and emotionally informed playing that a computer could never recreate, although we’d love to hear somebody giving it a crack.