Safa Music Academy Instructors

 

Maestro Anoushirvan Rohani

Piano Instructor and Composer

Anoushiravan Rohani is a  very well-known and accomplished Iranian composer and pianist who was born in Rasht, Iran in 1939. Anoushiravan received music lessons from his father Reza Rohani, himself a poet and violinist. Anoushiravan later graduated from the Persian National Music Conservatory in Tehran.
His passion for the keyboard and piano was so great that in 1963, he imported the very first electronic organ to Iran. Aside from the organ, he is also heard playing the accordion in many of his early works.
Anoushiravan Rohani has written and performed with a plethora of famous Iranian & International singers such as Gabriela Fontana, Klause Meine, Emel Sayin, Hayedeh, Pouran & ect… His productive career includes over 500 compositions that includes numerous vocals, orchestral music, piano pieces and film scores, among them “Maybe I Maybe You”, “Soltan-e-Ghalbhaa", “Dele Kuchuloo," and “Gol- e-Sang." His most famous piece, “Tavalodat Mobarak,". The Iranian version of the “Happy Birthday" song is undoubtedly the most often-played Iranian song.
What is unique about Anoushiravan’s accomplishment is his immense success outside of Iran, where he is much admired among international music circles. Indeed, Anoushiravan defines much of his work in the genre of light classical, and a bridge between the Eastern and Western musical traditions. Many of his songs have been performed in different languages in several countries. Indeed, at the end of one of his private concert in June 1978, Edward Heath, the former British prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, who has served as a guest conductor of The Symphonic Orchestra of Great Britain, in an appreciation letter to Anoushiravan wrote: “I was most impressed with a brilliant technique you displayed. The quality and variety of sound you produced from the instrument was most remarkable." Among the many international honors that Anoushiravan has received, he was awarded the first prize in Spain’s Music Festival for his song Mi Destino (Spanish version of Soltan-e-Ghalbhaa). More recently he has been working with Hanover Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Germany. Today, after nearly a half a century Anoushiravan remains energetic and vibrant as ever and is universally recognized as one of Iran’s finest composer, pianist, and electronic organists.

 

Tabajara Belo

Classical, Jazz, and Electric Guitar Instructor

Virtuoso guitar soloist, composer, and arranger, Brazilian musician, Tabajara Belo released two solo albums. He blends his concert programs with classical, Brazilian popular/folk and jazz. He holds a Master's degree in guitar from the University of Arizona. Mr. Belo is a faculty member at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto and has been constantly performing throughout Brazil, the United States, and Europe. He was recently awarded 2nd place at the prestigious National Prize for Guitar Composition “Novas 3”. Presently, Mr. Belo is a Composition Ph.D. student and Theory and Jazz Teacher Assistant at the University of Florida. He holds a Masters in Guitar Performance from the University of Arizona.

 

Kourosh Babaei

Kamanche Instructor

Kourosh is an Iranian musician, Kamancheh player, composer, music instructor, and performer of classical & traditional music currently living in Toronto. He started music at age 12 & passed a course with Ardeshir Kamkar after a few years he was collaborating with him and his band(Aref). Kourosh has always been known for his techniques and specific taste. Babaei has played with several famous and great Iranian traditional musicians such as Faramarz Payvar, Parviz Meshkatian, Hooshang Zarif… Babaei is one of the Iranian musician pioneers who tried to bring new ideas and started focusing on the fusion style of music. He believes that each region’s music has its own words that should make it simple to the others who is looking to get more knowledge about the region’s music. Two of his recent projects in Babaei recently moved to Toronto to explore and expand more of his music there.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

1- Artistic Director/Producer / Recording & Mixing Engineer since 2016 for Borderless Band

2- Albums include Tiba, Borderless, Gypsy, The Noises of Silence.

 "I would love to invite you following me on Spotify, Sound Cloud, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Pandora."

 

Human Hajebi

Tar & Setar & Shurangiz  Instructor

Human is an accomplished Tar & Setar player and composer who lives in Istanbul, Turkey. Human has been featured in several magazines and newspapers across Turkey.

 

Ryan Gamberino

Saxophone Instructor

Ryan studies music performance at the University of Florida. He focuses his studies in classical saxophone but also frequently plays jazz, funk, and brass band music. He is a published artist and loves working with his students on a personal level developing their musical expression and performing abilities.

 

Lindsay Gassman

Clarinet and Piano Instructor

Lindsay currently studies music education and clarinet performance with Mitchell Estrin at the University of Florida and studied piano with Priscilla Heffield for 10 years. Growing up, Lindsay was inspired by her teachers to continue pursuing music and has taught private music lessons to a variety of students since 2017. Because of her love for performing and mentoring, Lindsay is dedicated to helping students experience the joy of music-making by way of finding their own voice, fundamentals, and of course, fun!

"My goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where students are free to learn, make mistakes, and grow from them. By supporting each student's unique goals, I aim to help my students become the best versions of themselves in music and in life."

 

Ehsan Mirbaha

Piano Instructor

Ehsan Mirbaha is a pianist, composer and instructor. He was born in Tehran and began learning piano performance from age 15 under the supervision of several maestros in Tehran. He started teaching piano from 2015 and he gained popularity among piano students in Tehran before his immigration to the U.S.A because of his interesting method of instructing. He began composing music in the last couple of years for his instrumental music album and it is in the final steps. 
"I strongly believe that the emotion and feeling music students put into their music talks much louder than the notes they play."

 

Jack Davis

Double Bass and Bass Guitar Instructor

Jack Davis started playing electric bass in seventh grade with his middle school jazz band, and then began playing upright bass in eighth grade, continuing to pursue both in high school jazz and concert band and beyond. At the end of his junior year, Jack received the Louis Armstrong award, given to students for "outstanding musical achievement and an incredible dedication to the program," and was the youngest recipient in the history of his school. Since high school, Jack has studied various forms of music stemming from jazz, including neo-soul, hip hop, rock, and RnB. He also has a keen appreciation and understanding for music theory, which is essential knowledge to be able to play any style of music.

 

Nico Lembo

Drums Instructor

Nico Lembo was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida and started playing drums after learning from his father. He graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, and has over 20 years of playing and teaching experience. Nico currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Melissa, dog Sully, and cat Harley.

"I am a professional music teacher with over 20 years of playing and teaching experience. I am very excited to be teaching for Safa Music Academy."

 

Rebecca Ruescher

Kids' Music & Vocal Instructor

Rebecca is a choral conductor, singer, and educator from Long Island, New York. Rebecca has been studying classical piano and voice for more than a decade, and she specializes in teaching and conducting choral ensembles. As a choral singer, Rebecca has toured domestically and internationally and has collaborated with the NY Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rebecca is passionate about teaching young children and believes that a firm foundation in music is invaluable to a healthy and well-rounded education. Rebecca holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from the Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Arts in music and psychology from Amherst College.

"I think everyone can grow and discover through music. I hope that through my teaching about music, I not only develop technical skills in my students, but also help them to learn about themselves, about their relationships with others, and about the world around them."

 

Alireza Shahmohammadi

Classical Persian Voice Instructor

Alireza Shahmohammadi is recognized as one of today's finest singers in Iran and a master of Persian classical music repertoires. He grew up in a musical family and has devoted his life to traditional Persian music and literature. He has extensive credits performing with such legendary musicians including Maestros Ali Asghar Bahari, Mohammadreza Lotfi, and Mohammadreza Shajarian. He began his musical studies at the age of 8 under the direction of his father and continued his studies with Maestro Hatam Asgari Farahani. In addition to learning complete aspects of Radif of Persian Classical music, Shahmohammadi continued studying the Old Songs (tasnifs) with Maestro Ali Asghar Bahari. Shahmohammadi has been an active singer for over twenty years, working at the National Iranian Radio and Television, teaching, researching, composing and performing numerous concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His last concert was a collaboration with the legendary Indian musician Pandit Swapan Chaudhure in Z space, San Francisco. He has fifteen published albums. His last released album, “Majnoon,” is a collaboration with Theodore Bikel (the actor and singer of Fiddler on the Roof).  Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches Persian Classical vocal Radif and hosts a radio show which is called Haft khan_e_ Moosighi in Radio Hamrah for the last three years. This educational program introduces vocal techniques and Persian classical music structures to the Iranian community. He is currently working on a new style of fusion music which is a combination of traditional Persian music and the concept of Tarab based on Rumi and Hafez poetries.

 

Safa Amiri, PhD

Founder, CEO, Violin & Solfege Instructor

Safa is the founder and CEO of Safa Music Academy. Safa holds a PhD in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University. Safa has been teaching violin, music theory, and solfege for over 15 years now and he has played for several symphony orchestras worldwide from middle east, to Leeds Symphony, UK and New Mexico Symphony, USA. 

"Even though I am a chemical engineer by education, I always knew that I wanted to become a professional Music Instructor. In fact, I can’t imagine anything else in life that would bring me such reward or satisfaction. I’ve been teaching since 2005 and truly believe that anyone who puts in the time and effort to practice can succeed. As I lived on different continents, I noticed how hard it is for students to find a professional,reliable, and friendly music instructor and continue the music education for an extended period. I also realized how hard it is for the music instructors to find the students to teach. That was the reason I established this academy to help both students and instructors find each other and create a community of music lovers. I don’t believe money should stand in the way of learning, which is why I’m proud to offer a range of classes at affordable prices. " 

 

Kaveh Sarvarian

Ney, Flute, and Music Theory Instructor (English, Spanish, and Farsi)

Kaveh holds Master of Composition from the University of Art in Tehran. During his long career he has played in different countries. In Iran he was a member of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (transverse flute), Rastak Ensemble (Folk Wind Instruments), Naima Persian Jazz Fusion (Flute, ney, tombak).

He has been a lecturer at the University of Art of Tehran, in the Department of Music and Composition. He immigrated to Madrid about eight years ago, and he currently directs the Parsinava ensemble where he explores jazz sonorities within traditional Persian music. And he co-directs with the dancer Patricia Álvarez; Kereshmeh, innovative project where based on the compositions of his last album of the same title, the folk languages ​​integrated into a contemporary scenic conception are explored. And he also collaborates and forms part of other formations, Darawish (Arabic-Mediterranean fusion music, The Silk Road, Capella de Ministrers and Carles Magraner, Eduardo Paniagua …

He has four discs published, Parisan (Quartets for Ney), Persian Rug (Flute duo and piano), Avareh (Jazz fusion), Ofogh, Sonido del oriente (Persian music on a trip to Spain) and Kereshmeh (new perspective of Persian music)

He also is the author of three didactic books, “The Comprehensive Method of Ney “, ” Persian Music Ornamentation for Ney” , and” Tombak Method “.

Prize as the Best Composer at the International Festival of Fadjr and the Best Soundtrack at the National Media Festival of Iran.

 

Sheida Ebadatdoost

Kids Music Instructor

Sheida holds a BA in music from the University of Art. Her expertise is in teaching music to kids as young as two years old. Her teaching method for kids is based on Orff-Schulwerk. Sheida holds special workshops for moms and their two-to-four year old children, where she improves their musical intelligence through ear training, rhythmic games, musicology,  and also teaching the moms to engage in music with their children.


 
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