Shanbehzadeh Ensemble

The Shanbehzadeh Trio, with its driving rhythms, trance-inducing songs, and hip-swinging dances, offers a rare opportunity to experience the fascinating music and dance of the southern Iranian province of Boushehr in the Persian Gulf. A cultural crossroads for centuries, Boushehr has been influenced by Sufi, Persian, Arab, African and Indian traditions.

The ensemble is led by Saied Shanbehzadeh, who traces his ancestry to Zanzibar in East Africa, his son Naghib Shanbehzadeh, and the talented Habib Mefhta-Busheri.  Their alluring instruments include neyanban (double-reed bagpipe), neydjofti (double flute), and boogh (goat's horn).

Date and Venue

Chicago - September 30

Richmond Folk Festival - October 8 to 10

Washington DC - October 12

New York - October 16

San Francisco - October 23

Los Angeles - October 24

Vancouver - October 27

Montreal - November 5

Please note that all dates and venues are subject to change without notice.

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Note: due to scheduling issues, the Toronto concert has been cancelled.



“The Shanbehzadeh Ensemble unfurled a mesmerizing set of what might be called the hidden Afro-Persian tradition.”
Banning Eyre, NPR

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