Persian Fusion Electronica


Som'ma is daringly sensual, The sweet nectar of Som'ma's fusion is seved liberally as they will lather you in honey and then drop haunting Tombak rhythms right onto your pelvic chakrah, it's up to you then whether or not to fall under their spell and become an offering to the gods. -Good Times (Santa Cruz Newspaper)

World Fusion Electronica, is a modern style and genre of music which fuses world music with electronica music, creating a synethisis of ancient and modern, east and west.

Shirzad is one of the early pioneers of Middle Eastern electronica, his works with the Som'ma Ensemble and Som'ma Dub Ensemble (Dubistan) in the year 2001 and beyond has gained him worldwide attention and international acclaim.

Hailing from San Francisco, for many years Som'ma created some of the most creative, authentic, innovative, progressive classically based Persian music ever heard till this day & has been breaking genres, musical boundaries & geographical borders worldwide.

They toured some of the most sought after venues during the early 2000s hippie revival movement worldwide and bridged western and eastern cultures, ancient and the anew in a psychedelic manner never performed before. Som’ma performances were usually multi-sensory performances, with master visual artists, dancers and musicians all collaborating in unforgettable performances throughout the world.

Highlights include performing primetime for 2 nights on the mainstage in front of 50,000 people at the Iranian Mehregan (Harvest) festival in Orange County as well as numerous other festivals including Earthdance (Ashland, OR), with memorable performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, New York City & Washington, D.C.

Som'ma, 2003, Los Angeles, CA

Som'ma 2005, Sausalito, CA

Download the best of Shirzad Sharif's electronica music here!

SOMMA (Live!) Persian Ambient Electronica (Opium Dream)

Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 9:00 PM - SOMMA Live in concert!

Come be intoxicated by the ecstasy and sensuous pleasures of an opium dream, as Somma performs ethereal and mystical Persian flavored ambient music channeling sound-waves of transcendental bliss through a space & deep chill performance of live Persian music and electronica ambience.

Date & Time:

Saturday, October 15th, 2005, 9pm (doors 8:30)


Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA

Admission: $10

A performance of live Persian music and ambient electronica.

Somma Ensemble featuring Jef Stott (Lumin)

a Somma performance featuring:

Shirzad Sharif (SOM'MA, AHURA)
Live Persian strings and percussion
live Middle Eastern strings and electronics.
Plus special guests.

Bring comfortable clothes, cushioning, blankets, friends & lovers.

a complete immersion of peace, relaxation, recuperation, escape, tranquility and utopian state of mind.

This is the debut of a new collaboration. We hope you will join us for a night of sublime nocturnal ether.