Hoda Jahanpour & Pedraum Agahi

mjf @ First Street (ask Garden Stage)

Hoda Jahanpour cello, guitar / Pedraum Agahi electric guitar, santour, tombak, with special guest Emilio Yanez Ruiz percussion

Two cousins reunite in a duo performance, paying homage to their ancestry of traditional Persian music and their western influences of European classical music and jazz, joined for a selection of pieces by Manchester-based percussionist Emilio Yanez Ruiz, originally from Mexico City. Hoda Jahanpour blends her cello’s expressive capabilities of resonance and depth of sound with the delicate texture of the santour (Persian hammered dulcimer), played by jazz guitarist Pedraum Agahi. The ensemble also intertwines guitar, vocals and tombak to perform their set of traditional Persian songs, arrangements of Arabic and Turkish melodies and new collaborative compositions.

Hoda is an mjf hothouse alumnus, cellist, songwriter and composer interested in musical experiences that generate energy and bring people together. Coming from a background in classical music, she has performed side-by-side with notable orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé and Manchester Camerata. Hoda loves to explore how the cello can be used to express various musical languages.

Last November, she was invited to Denmark to create and perform new music with four fellow musicians – a collaboration that you can also hear at mjf on 23 May. Other career highlights to date include participating in a collaborative music making residency led by saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia and developing a new music theatre piece as part of Oedipa Company at the Barbican Pit.

Pedraum is a Leeds Conservatoire jazz guitar graduate, whose love of R&B has led him to write and arrange original music with singer Tiger Edison, which they have performed at Cheltenham and Leeds Jazz Festivals and the University of Leeds’ Fashion show. He also plays in the Viridian Trio, again inspired by contemporary jazz and Persian traditional music and touring across the north.

The Ask Garden Stage is proudly sponsored by Ask Real Estate.


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Date: saturday 18 may

Time: 6:45 pm - 7:40 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

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