بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Persian Sufi Music and
Sufi Mystical Concepts


Mysticism is the practice of religious ecstasies (spiritual experiences during alternate states of consciousness), together with whatever ideologies, ethics, rites, myths, legends, and magic may be related to them. It may also refer to the attainment of insight in ultimate or hidden truths, and to human transformation supported by various practices and experiences. Broadly defined, mysticism can be found in all religious traditions, from indigenous religions and folk religions like shamanism, to organised religions like the Abrahamic faiths and Indian religions, and modern spirituality, New Age and New Religious Movements.






The Tanbur, the instrument which Shirzad performs is based on and is considered the most sacred instrument of Iran and while pictured on carved reliefs can be dated back to 3000 years ago is also considered by many to be the oldest lute of the world!

In Iran it is the choice of instrument for many Sufi's and as a result until recently was not even taught or performed to the non-Sufi community, the instrument is also traditionally usually performed only after certain sacred rituals have been performed such as kissing the instrument, performing ablution, etc. & as a result Shirzad is mostly known in the world music community as a drummer and not a string (lute) performer.





He is also a Daf (Sufi Frame Drum) performer and has performed alongside very well known world renowned Sufi ensembles such as AHURA and has also participated in many of number of Sufi ceremonies and gatherings of Zikr (Chanting) & Sema (Whirling) worldwide.

Shirzad has also recorded and released a number of Sufi albums which combine elements of Sufi chants, sacred Maqams and electronica which are officially released to the public & are available online on this page below.

While privileged to have been able to study this instrument in Iran, Shirzad also embarked on a spiritual journey as well and became familiar with many Sufi orders worldwide, such as Nimatollahi Order, Sufi Ruhaniat Order, Shahmaqsoudi Order, Muhiyedeen Order & even the Qalandariyun & was finally formerly officially initiated into the Naqshbandi Order & even participated in the Kumbh Mela festival and while there enjoyed the companionship of the Baul's of India which was one of the best experiences of his life!














شیرزاد شریف و گروه اهورا - اجرای کالیفرنیا





آلبوم ماه شرقی اثری از شیرزاد شریف





آلبوم خرابات اثری از شیرزاد شریف

































Two electrio-acoustic albums by Shirzad Sharif...











































وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللّٰهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ