Player Profile: Nasrine Rahmani
10 questions with Flamenco & Latin percussionist Nasrine Rahmani
Where are you from?: I was born in Queensland, Australia and moved to Melbourne to study music. My mother is from Mauritius and my father is from Iran. I am currently living in Madrid, Spain where I have been playing with local Flamenco artists for the last 8 years.
What cajon & other percussion do you use?: I use the Custom, Black Rose, Sensation and C12 models by La Rosa Percussion. I also play congas and many other percussion instruments from a variety of other brands.
Do you endorse any percussion companies?: I am a La Rosa Percussion endorser.
Do you have a favorite rhythm right now?: Bulerias and guaguancó.
What type of food are you into at the moment?: Mangos and Vietnamese Phó.
What is a memorable show you have played?: I have had many memorable shows where there have been special circumstances where either a huge crowd in a huge venue or a small sold-out venue have created an unforgettable energy between the audience and the musicians, but when I think about some of the best moments for me musically, a few come to mind with musicians like Caramelo de Cuba and Alain Perez. Caramelo is an amazing piano player that not only plays with incredible power, great taste and originality, but he also brings these things out of all the musicians on stage with him. That is why I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many master musicians. It has been integral for my personal and musical experiences and growth.
Do you have any fun hobbies or other passion?: I love nature. Especially since I´m from Australia. I miss the beach and being able to go somewhere where human impact is not prevalent at all. But my life since I moved to Spain has just been rehearsals, practice, gigs and organisation of theses things. It has taken a long time for me to get my career off the ground in a new country and I have had to sacrifice a lot to do that but it has been really worth it. For me, life would not be worth living without being able to play my instrument.
Do you have any personal projects are you working on?: Just getting better at my instrument which is a lifelong journey really.
Words to live by?: Anything is possible
This video features a solo by Nasrine as well as some other percussionists you may recognize.