Official Video for the Album "Nim Dong"

Eishan Ensemble

Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian tar player and composer, Hamed Sadeghi, the quintet Eishan Ensemble draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both East and West. Eishan’s repertoire consists predominantly of Sadeghi’s original compositions with diverse improvisatory idioms featured powerfully. Variously described as “Persian chamber jazz” and “Middle-Eastern jazz fusion”, Eishan defies neat labels.

 

Sadeghi’s psychedelic virtuosity is joined by the individual talents of Pedram Layegh on guitar, Michael Avgenicos on saxophone, Elsen Price on double bass and Adem Yilmaz on percussions, to create the layered and sophisticated soundscapes of Eishan.

 

Formed in 2016 and currently based in Sydney - Australia, Eishan has performed internationally in Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines and Taiwan; and nationally in Australia. Their first album Nim Dong was released late 2018 to critical acclaim.

 

2020 sees the release of their brand new album “Afternoon Tea at Six”. Their much anticipated 2020 National and European tours have now been moved forward to 2021.

Biographies 

Hamed Sadeghi – tar/setar/oud

With a background in Persian classical music, multi-instrumentalist, Hamed Sadeghi, has established himself as a performer and composer of note since migrating to Australia in 2014. A versatile and adaptable musician, Hamed performs solo and collaborates across genres and art forms regularly.

 

Recent highlights include collaborating on and performing in Belvoir St Theatre’s production of Sami in Paradise, scoring and performing in The Illiad Outloud project at Sydney Festival, performing in Australia with international maestros Shahrokh Aziz and Shahram Nazeri, as well as recent performances with Eishan Ensemble in Malaysia, Taiwan and The Philippines.

Pedram Layegh – guitar

Iranian-born, Pedram Layegh, began his musical studies under the guidance of acclaimed Iranian guitar teachers, Farhad Faghihnia and Touraj Dadyan. Following his move to Australia, he studied classical music at AIM. He continued his studies with Grant Sambells, Tom Ferris and Damian Wright.

 

Pedram performs regularly with local groups and with visiting international artists such as the renowned Kurdish singer, Adnan Karim.

Michael Avgenicos – saxophone

A graduate of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Bachelor of Jazz Performance, 2016), Michael Avgenicos was a finalist in the same year at the prestigious National Jazz Awards – Saxophone Competition in Wangarratta, SA. In 2017 he received the Big Brother Movement (BBM) award for excellence in music.

 

Michael's performance career has taken him around Australia and abroad to Asia, Europe and the USA. Aside from Eishan, Michael is an active member of a number of bands; having recorded albums with experimental jazz group COAST, FRYJA, Gregg Arthur Quintet and the Cricketers Arms Saxytet.

 

He also co-leads and composes music for his own group, the Avgenicos Brothers. Recent performance highlights include opening for Brandon Marsalis at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, performances for Sydney Fringe and VIVID festivals and album launches for Eishan and COAST.

Maximillian Alduca - double bass

 

Double bassist Maximillian Alduca has established himself as a force of creative energy amongst the Sydney Jazz and experimental music scene. Alduca has worked alongside some of Australia’s biggest names in Jazz including Mike Nock, Paul Grabowsky and Dale Barlow.

 

As well as accompanying such luminaries, Max is a chief collaborator in projects that have been touring locally and internationally with recent performances at Copenhagen Jazz festival (Vulkan DK/Aus), Wellington Jazz festival (Steve Barry trio) and Manly Jazz festival (The Pocket Trio) to name a few.

 

Alduca is an active recording artist who has been featured on recent album releases including ‘Blueprints and Vignettes’ (Steve Barry Quartet), ‘Good Winter’ (Antipodes Aus/NZ) as well as soon to be released album ‘All At Once’ from The Pocket Trio.

Adem Yilmaz – percussion

 

Born in Istanbul 1992, Adem is a highly renowned percussionist of Kurdish origin from Turkey. He began playing his first instrument Darbuka (Goblet Drum) at the age of 8. Having Mr. Izzet Kizil, one of Turkey's most recognised and internationally known percussionist as his teacher, Yilmaz is specialised in a variety of eastern percussion instruments and found himself in a world where he was involved performing with many bands as well as album recordings with many of them.

 

Since migrating to Sydney, Australia in 2014, Adem established himself within a short period of time as a versatile and sought-after percussionist and has been involved in a key member of popular Sydney bands such as Masha's Legacy with an album recording "Safe Haven", toured with Zela Margosian Quintet to Beirut for the International Jazz Day in 2018, also has got a chance to be nominated Aria Awards as a band member of Zela Margossian Quintet's album "Transition" for "Best World Music Album" category in Oct 2019. Adem also has been performing with Eishan Ensemble and recorded 2 albums and involved in many tours with his band around Australia. Yilmaz continues his musical journey based in Sydney, collaborating with many artists including festivals and projects.

Eishan Ensemble in Collaboration 

Eishan carries out diverse projects to introduce new possibilities in music and we have been  collaborating the wonderful opera singer, curator and composer Sonya Holowell,  the Australian great jazz woodwind player and composer Jeremy Rose and the multi award winner and flamenco guitar player  Damian Wright.    

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