Houman Pourmehdi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1965. He is a master percussionist and a composer. He was privileged to study Tonbak under supervision of such legendary figures as Grand Master Amir Nasser Eftetah, and Master Morteza Ayan. Houman studied the heart-to-heart traditional techniques of playing Daf under guidance of the Grand Masters, Haj Agha Sadeghi, Mirza AghaGhosi and Darvish Karim. His knowledge of traditional repertoire and intimacy with Sufis make for a very personal style of interpretation in his compositions. He has composed a numbers of accomplished works, and he is one of the founder members of the Liän Ensemble.
His deep understanding of the Persian musical heritage and his belief in exploring new territories make him a unique musician. In his solo performances he brings passion together with tradition and innovation, creating a fresh and exciting improvisational performance.
Pourmehdi has played a pivotal part in advancing the Tonbak's role in ensemble work with his distinct style in playing tonbak. He has won acclaim throughout the world both as a solo artist and as an accompanist for some of the world’s most prestigious and renowned artists.
Pourmehdi currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he teaches Tonbak and Daf.