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A Minute With Daramad

Friday, April 19th, 2013

We spend a minute with Daramad ahead of their gig supporting Om at The Rosemount Hotel on May 11…

What’s going on in the world of Daramad?
At this moment Daramad is having a brief break whilst one of our members is overseas. Having released our CD at the end of 2012, part of our focus is on
marketing and also developing new repertoire toward our next recording. And if you’d like to see Daramad (outside of Fremantle), we’ll be playing a support for OM at the Rosemount Hotel on May 11.

What motivates you to make music?
I think the motivation comes from knowing that you can always do it better and there’s no real end point — just markers along a continuum, where the occasional cul-de-sac or dead are just part of the journey.

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far?
High points for me have less to do with audiences or venues and more to do with those moments of convergence when the results are neither pre-ordained or anticipated. I suppose I’d rate any low points as being at the extreme other point of that spectrum.

What music are you listening to at the moment?
Almost impossible to answer in a couple of sentences. So at this moment: any recording I can get my hands on by the Persian kamancheh (spiked fiddle) virtuoso, Kayhan Kalhor.
Last night I listened to a newly issued ECM live recording by wonderful 1980s trio, Magico (Garbarek’s, Gismonti, Haden) — beautiful!. I’m a fan of Australian saxophonist, Sandy Evans. Her recent Cosmic Waves album is terrific. Another great world jazz listen is US alto saxist, Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Tell us something about your music that we might not know
Well anyone who knows of Daramad is doing pretty well for starters. We are a group of mixed heritage, shared between Australia and Iran. Our music draws Persian and broader Middle Eastern influences as well as the jazz tradition. It’s better for you to see us, than me talking about us…

You’re putting together your perfect local gig? Who would you get to play, why and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist.
I’ll leave this one in the world of imagined possibilities.