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Pezhham Akhavass is an accomplished musician, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, music director, producer, Voting Member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY), and instructor known for his mastery of the tombak (Persian goblet drum), and daf (Persian frame drum). 

Born in Iran in 1980, Pezhham embarked on his musical journey at a young age under the guidance of his renowned father, Mostafa Akhavass. Graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA and MA in music. 

He began studying the tombak at the age of five with the esteemed Ostad Naser Farhanghfar and later continued his studies with Mr. Saeid Roudbary from 1989 to 1991. Pezhham's exceptional talent and unique approach to rhythm have distinguished him as one of the most notable musicians of his generation.

Beyond the tombak and daf, Pezhham possesses knowledge of other Persian instruments such as the setar, tanbour, and oud. Additionally, he has studied the Indian tabla under the guidance of Ostad Zakir Hussain since 2011, broadening his percussion expertise.

Pezhham's professional career includes performances worldwide with renowned vocalist Shahram Nazeri from 2001 to 2007. Together, they showcased their talents in prestigious festivals, events, and concert halls across Iran, Europe, the United States, Australia, and various notable music festivals globally.

He has performed in renowned venues such as the Festival del Popolo in Italy, Théâtre de la Ville and Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, Fes Festival in Morocco, and Sodran Theater in Sweden. He has graced stages in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Pezhham was invited to perform as a guest artist with YoYo Ma during the Rumi, Mulana's birthday celebration at the Hollywood Bowl in 2008.

In addition to his performances, Pezhham has directed and managed concerts, served as a global music director for the San Francisco World Music Festival in 2014-2016, and participated in various tours and collaborations with esteemed artists like Ostad Hossein Alizadeh and Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Pezhham's passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge has led him to offer private lessons in music, focusing on Persian percussion and other instruments. He has also delivered lectures, demonstrations, and workshops on Persian music and performances.

Currently residing in north California, Pezhham continues to work on diverse productions and projects, further enriching the world of Persian music with his artistry and dedication to musical education.