Ali Akbar Moradi (Kurdish: ʿElî Ekber Muradî ,عەلی ئەکبەر مورادی; born 1957) is a well known Kurdish musician and composer. He was born in Gahwareh, Kermanshah Province, Iran. He started music at a very early age, and learned the Kurdish maqam repertoire and tanbur (Kurdish lute) under the supervision of Kurdish masters such as Mirza Sayyed Ali Kafashyan, Kaki Allah Morad Hamidi and Sayyed Vali Hosseyni. He gave his first recital in 1971 in Kermanshah. In 1981, he began collaborating with the Kurdish singer Shahram Nazeri, and performed throughout Europe and North America. He is an expert on the tanbur instrument, which is considered sacred in Kurdish Yarsani and sufi music. He has performed music in New York City, San Francisco and London. On 30 September 2006, he gave a special program as part of Voices of Kurdistan in San Francisco World Music Festival, he has been appointed as one of fifty of the best musicians around the globe by a British music magazine. Moradi has written a book about playing Kurdish tabur, which includes most well-known maqams of tanbur.
He was encouraged by his grandfather and his father and started studying the tanbour at the age of seven. He was taught by Sayyed Hachem, Kafashyan, Alavi, Darvishi, Hamidi and Sayyed Vali Hosseyni with whom he learned not just his mastery of the instrument but also of the Kurdish maqam repertoire. He gave his first recital at the age of 14, in Kermanshah.
One year later he founded the first tanbour group within the cultural department of the city. He began to tour in Iran. His fame increased as of 1981 through his collaboration with the singer Shahram Nazeri, performing in Europe, Canada and the United States. In 1991, he won first prize at the String Instrument Festival. Starting in 1992, he did research on the ancient maqam and recorded several cassettes. In 1998 he founded the Lavatch group, with whom he gave concerts and recorded a cassette. In October 2000, he gave a concert with his son Kourosh at the Royal Festival Hall in London, followed by numerous tours throughout the world and the publication of several CD's.
In addition to his research and concerts, he teaches the tanbour in Teheran and Kermanshah. “I discovered the tanbour in 1964, due to chance and by the grace of God, when I was only seven years old. I felt that this instrument had a soul and that it spoke to me: its song cradled me and purified me with every passing day. My grandfather and my father gave me great encouragement in this vocation because, for the Yarsan, the initiation in the tanbour is a pious task. From the beginning they sent me to the greatest masters. Now, I must devote my life to it. Without it, my life would be just a series of dull and futile days. The tanbour is not just a musical instrument, it is the music of an ancient Iranian people and the symbol of its culture. AliAkbar currently resides in Kurdistan, Iran where he teaches tanbour and continues to develop the legacy of the instrument and the music.
-AliAkbar Moradi”Goblet of Eternal Light” (2012, Traditional Crossroads)
-_Ali Akbar Moradi- Ensamble “ Moon Light” (2012, Serwah Record)
-Ali Akbar Moradi- Ensamble “ Autumn” (2011, Serwah Record)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Ensambel “Do Valeh” (2009, Mahriz Record)
- Ali Akbar Moradi “Maghamate Majlesie Tanboor” (2007, Music Center of Hozeh Honari)
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Kayhan Kalhor “In the Miror of The Sky” (2004,World Village)
- Ali Akbar Moradi “THE RITUAL 72 MAQAMS OF YARSAN” (2003, Inedit) – 4 CD set.
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Pejman Hadadi “Whisper” (2002, Quartertone)
- Ali Akbar Moradi “Kurdish music from Iran / Mystical Odes and Secular Music” (2002, Inedit)
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Parvin Namazi “Kurdaneh” (2001, Keresmeh)
- Ali Akbar Moradi - Pejman Hadadi Fire of Passion / Kurdish Tanbur Music of Iran” (2000, 7/8 Music)
- Ali Akbar Moradi-Ensambel “Mahjori” (1997,Avaie Dell)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Bijan Kamkar “Sahar Waran” (1996,Sorosh)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Bijan Kamkar “Sirwan” (1995,Sorosh)
- Ali Akbar Moradi- Ahmad Khaktinat “Terikai Hane” (1994,Avaie Dell)
Festivals and performances
Michigan Festival of Sacred Music (2011, Kalamazoo, MI)
World Festival of Sacred Music (2011, Los Angeles, CA)
Etno Music Festival (2011, Czestochowa, Poland)
World Music Institute (1999, 2004, 2006 & 2008 New York , NY)
Hellenic Festival S.A. (2007&2008 Athens, Greece)
Seannah Music Festival (2008, Sevannah, GA)
World Festival of Sacred Music ( 2005, Los Angeles, CA)
Sticks International Drum & Percussion Festival (2005, London)
Intimations of Immortality ( 2002, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank London)
XIII Cantigas Do Maio (2002,Portigal)
Echoes from eternity (2000, Royal Festival Hall, London)