Official Video for the Album "Nim Dong"
Lead by acclaimed Persian-Australian tar player and composer, Hamed Sadeghi, Eishan Ensemble draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both East and West. The ensemble’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 Ensemble defies neat labels.
With Hamed Sadeghi on tar, Pedram Layegh on classical guitar, Michael Avgenicos on saxophone, Elsen Price on double bass and Adem Yilmaz on percussion, the layered soundscapes Eishan Ensemble create together are driven by the individual talents of each member as much as by the compositions themselves.
Formed in 2016, Eishan Ensemble have performed internationally in Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines and Taiwan; with national performances across Australia. Their first album, Nim Dong, was released in late 2018 to critical acclaim.
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.
Elsen Price – double bass
Won a scholarship to study Classical Double Bass at Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Alex Henery (Principal SSO). Price has specialised as a Soloist, New Music Collaborator and a Non-Western Music Collaborator, with highlights including solo performances in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and throughout Australia, performances and tours alongside Josh Groban (US), Mike Patton (US), Lee Ranaldo (US), Adnan Karim (IRAQ), Sharam Nazeri (IRAN) and Alereza Ghourbani (IRAN), and many collaborations and releases with leading Australian based composers, performers and producers.
Price met Sadeghi though collaboration with leading Baroque/ World Music Artist Anna McDonald (McDonald’s career highlights include: the Gabrieli Consort, Deutsche Grammophon records, Hanover Band, Basel Chamber Orchestra, ABC recording orchestra, Sinfonia Australis, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Pinchgut Opera), and since has had the wonderful opportunity of exploring Traditional and New Persian music on the double bass within Sadeghi’s composition and music direction.
Adem Yilmaz – percussion
Born in Istanbul, Adem Yilmaz took to percussion from a very young age commencing his studies under the tutelage of Turkey’s foremost percussionist, Izzet Kizil. Yilmaz accompanied many musicians and music groups on stage as well as album recordings in Turkey.
Since migrating to Australia in 2014, Adem has established himself as a versatile and sought-after musician, regularly performing with visiting Turkish and Kurdish artists in Australia and working with a variety of projects and local bands such as Masha's Legacy, Zela Margossian Quintet, Eishan Ensemble, Worlds Collide, Blue Mary, Andalus Arabic Choir, Bros, and Plait Ensemble.
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.