Inspired by the legacy of a well respected Persian poet-musician of the past, Barbad is a modern holding active in the musical industry of Iran with the mission of supporting musicians throughout their musical journey.
BARBAD was minstrel-poet of the court of the Sasanian king Kosrow II Parvez. Only scant information, mostly of a legendary nature, is preserved about Barbad in the Arabic and Persian sources. According to these, he was the most distinguished and talented minstrel-poet of his epoch.
His first meeting with the king is related in a legend recorded by Ferdowsi, according to which Barbad, being a young talented musician, aspired to become one of Kosrow’s court minstrels, but Sargis, the chief court minstrel, out of jealousy kept him away from the court. Barbad therefore concealed himself among the leaves of a tree in the king’s garden, where a banquet was being held, and sang three songs to his barbat. The king was highly delighted by his minstrel’s talent, gave him audience, and made him his chief minstrel.
As a poet-musician of panegyric as well as elegy, Barbad used to compose verses and sing them to his own accompaniment on various occasions. He also versified victories and current events. Nezami mentions the name of the thirty airs composed by Barbad for each day of the month. He is also said to have composed for the banquet of the king 360 melodies, one of which he used to sing each day. Taalebi attributes to him the authorship of the royal modes.
Islamic sources abound in stories about Barbad’s minstrel skill and talent. According to one of them, a musician who together with Barbad was present at a royal banquet, instigated by jealousy, took advantage of the latter’s temporary absence from the banquet and disordered the strings of his lute. On his return to the banquet, Bārbad, unaware that his instrument was out of tune, started to play. As kings did not approve of musicians’ tuning their instruments in their presence, he continued his performance so dexterously that nobody noticed the defect of his instrument. It was only after the banquet that the king was informed of it.
The end of Bārbad’s life is also related in a legendary way. After Kosrow’s death Barbad hurried from Jahrom to Tīsfūn, where he recited some elegies about his master’s death, cut his four fingers, and burned his instruments. Soon after, Barbad was poisoned by his rival Sarjas, but the murderer’s witty remark earned him the pardon of the king, who did not want to lose both his minstrels.
Barbad’s story is interconnected with its founder’s. Years ago, Mohammad Molazem was teaching music and especially music theory; for which he was trained under the guidance his teacher, Mr. Roshan Rovan, first in the city of Shiraz at “Abnus Music School”, and later in the capital, Tehran. In order to attend his classes, he had to travel continuously from Shiraz to Tehran and endure the hardships of the road. These trips later led to formation of the networks and development of the skills critical to Barbad’s establishment and success.
After finishing his studies, he decided to teach music in Shiraz. His theoretical and practical classes were very well received to such an extent that they were always full. It was during this period that Mohammad Molazem noted the low level of supply and access to piano on one hand, and the low quality of the ones offered in Shiraz on the other hand. This gap was especially noticeable, since during his continuous trips to Tehran and getting to know pianists and their high-quality instruments, he had acquired the necessary know-how to assess the quality of a piano and its nuances.
The first piano that Mohammad Molazem played a prominent role in its purchase process, was the one belonging to one of his friends. The piano was bought in Tehran after he tested the instrument together with another expert. The second instrument was a second hand piano that he bought for himself after collecting the necessary funds with a lot of difficulty. From this point onwards, especially after moving to Tehran, the requests for assessment, testing and buying instruments with his advice increased dramatically; To the degree that he would buy pianos in Tehran and send them to clients in Shiraz without the need for their presence.
In the year 2000, Mohammad Molazem decided to rent a place and start a business in order to bring some order to this chaotic market, and this is how Barbad was born. It is worth mentioning the loyal support of his friends, colleagues and even the very students who had previously attended his lectures. Those who now as music teachers, happily entrusted the procurement of needed instruments to Barbad Piano. The result was a huge success in the shortest possible time.
A while later, the distribution network of Barbed expanded. After Shiraz, where Barbad’s main office was located, the first branch was established in Tabriz. The success of this branch and subsequent branches was rapid. Thanks to the remarkable contribution of Mohammad Molazem, in the shortest possible time, piano was recognized as an indispensable tool for learning music in all the cities where Barbad had a branch, and very talented musicians and music teachers were trained by practicing on pianos bought from Barbad. This resulted in further growth of the sales network and after-sales services in major cities of Iran, which continues to grow to this day.
Continuous support of artists at any level, trusting in the ability of the youth, intelligent choice of products, and offering a unique collection along with unrivaled services are the fundamental values of Barbad.
These values have always guided Barbad’s policies in its interactions with the stakeholders since the very beginning of its establishment. Today we are committed to continuous improvement in all our processes while maintaining our close relationships with our customers.
Barbad branches cover more than half of the country’s population, and the other half is covered through Barbad’s ecommerce store.
2nd Floor, Shiraz Mall art and trade complex, Sattar Khan Blvd,
El Goli Road, Khayyam Sq.,
Kimia building, Hakim Nizami St.,
Vakil Abad st.,
Professor Hasabi Blvd., Safaiyeh,
Ground floor, Mehr Afarin Complex, Baladian St.
No. 1, Ground floor, Helal commercial complex, Fermandari Square, New City,