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Payam Larijani

Acoustic Guitarist from Irvine, CA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 25 Reviews
  • 81 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2000
  • 2 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $100 per event

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Thank you for the consideration. My name is Payam. (pronounced Pie-Yum) I am a UCLA music department graduate with a Masters in Commercial Music from Cal State Los Angeles, and Doctoral Degree in Music Performance of guitar from Claremont Graduate University. I am a dedicated professional artist/musician. I am always willing to go above and beyond to help my clients create a memorable experience they will never forget. My selection of guitar music repertoire creates an upbeat, fun, and classy environment featuring exciting and recognizable melodies. My repertoire has a wide range from pieces and songs for the Spanish Classical Guitar as well as classic and alternative rock, jazz and blues standards. I makes use of the latest technology with current equipment, and an occasional backing track/beat as well as live singing. The music selections are meant to create a fun vibe, energetic mood, and upbeat but classy atmosphere. I am available for wedding ceremonies, engagement parties, weddings cocktail hour, corporate events, and fundraisers. I currently perform at the Laguna Canyon Winery, The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, The Sherman Gardens, and the exclusive Shady Canyon Country Club in Irvine. I donate my time and music to the MS Walk and Arthritis Walk. Payam is liability insured for employment up to $1,000,000 and has played at over 200 concerts, weddings, and corporate events since 2006 with no problems or issues. My repertoire during the cocktail hour consists of popular classical guitar pieces. Leyenda, Mallorca, and Rumors de la Caleta by Isaac Albéniz. Suite Castellana, Fandanguillo, Arada, Danza by Fernando Moreno Torroba. An exciting and intense Soleares, Farruca, Malaguena, Alegria's by Sophocles Papas. Contemplative pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Traditional works like the Romanza, Canon in D, Wedding March, Greensleeves. Folk inspired songs works like Scarborough Fair, Norwegian wood, Blackbird, from the Beatles. Classic Rock Pieces by Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here and Is there Anybody Out there? I find that my audience appreciates mixing in these lighter instrumentals and vocal tunes between the heavier classical guitar hits! It adds a nice variety to my program and is appealing to all ages! My jazz guitar repertoire of popular standards: -Autumn Leaves -Black Orpheus -Fly Me to the Moon -Come Rain or Come Shine -Four on Six by Wes Montgomery -Mr. PC by John Coltrane -The Girl From Ipanema, Wave, and Corcovado by Antonio Carlos Jobim. My rock repertoire: -The Red Hot Chili Peppers -Pink Floyd -Beatles -Dave Matthews Band -Bob Marley -Sublime -Radiohead -Santana -and a wide range of other top artists. -played solo, and/or with backing tracks. Amplification: For outdoor venues I have a portable battery-operated amplifier (Roland Cube Street EX) It increases the volume just a little bit so that I can be heard while guests are talking and mingling but no so loud as to hinder conversation. A Full-size PA System is available to cover 200 or more guests. I guarantee you a professional, smooth, and enjoyable amplified sound. (No technical difficulties issues or annoying feedback coming from the speakers.) Typically, I like to arrive about 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to the event to set-up, sound check, and be playing as the first guests arrive... Please don't hesitate to ask any questions! I will send you a mp3 file, youtube link, or a demo CD. Simply just send me your mailing address. Looking forward to entertaining you! Payam Other achievements: -Current Alumni member of the UCLA Guitar Ensemble directed by Professor Peter Yates. -President of the Orange County Guitar Circle at Chapman University (2015-20) -VIP Performer at many SoCal events such as the "Milestone Dinner" for UCLA Chancellor Carnesale, Featured Artist for the Grand Opening of the Nanotechnology Building hosting former Governor of California Gray Davis. -Grand Opening Ceremony for special guest Nancy Reagan as well as former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital Dedication Ceremony 2001. -Featured artist entertainment for Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Tom Curren (Pro Surfer) and Paul Naude (Billabong CEO, Vissla Owner) at the Waterman's Ball from 2009-2013. -CSET Music & CBEST exams passed. -Zoom Guitar Lessons via Orange County Guitar Academy (My own music teaching business, please inquire for lessons)


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Review by JULIE O.

MeetingReviewed on May 4, 2016From Laguna Hills, CA

Payan was personable and talented. He provided a quality and well put together program. Was professional in every way. Will definitely hire him again!

Review by Kristin B.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on April 22, 2016From Laguna Niguel, CA

Payam played during the dinner portion of my wedding reception, held outside at my parents' backyard. He played a wonderful mix of classical guitar and acoustic rock. I had many guests comment on how wonderful the music was, and having Payam play at the party made the event really special.

Review by Michael A.

Private PartyReviewed on June 15, 2014From Laguna Niguel, CA

Payam's performance is excellent and he has a very likable personality. We all enjoyed his presence at the party. I would rehire Payam and highly recommend him to others.

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  • Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen | Santana
  • Can't Stop | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Oye Como Va/Samba Pa Ti | Santana
  • Little Wing | Jimi Hendrix
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Norwegian Wood | Beatles
  • Autumn Leaves | Johnny Mercer
  • Black Orpheus | Luis Bonfi
  • Classical Guitar Preludes 1-4 | Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Crash Into Me | Dave Mathews Band
  • Satelite | Dave Matthews Band
  • Scarborough Fair | Simon and Garfunkel
  • Feel'in Groovey | Simon and Garfunkel
  • Classical Guitar Lutesuite Eminor | J.S. Bach
  • Clocks (guitar transcription) | Cold Play
  • Classical Guitar Rumors de la Caleta | Isaac Albeniz
  • Wish You Were Here | Pink Floyd
  • Good Bye Blue Sky | Pink Floyd
  • Interstate Love Song | Stone Temple Pilots
  • Reniassance Guitar Pieces | Luys de Narvaez
  • Gnossienne no. 1-3 | Erik Satie
  • Subterrainian Homesick Alien | Radiohead
  • Karma Police | Radiohead
  • The Greeting Song | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Under the Bridge | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 | Pink Floyd
  • Classical Guitar B minor Study | Fernando Sor
  • Classical Guitar Fandanguillo | Fernando Moreno Torroba
  • Losing My Religion | R.E.M.
  • Lie In Our Graves | Dave Matthews Band
  • #41 | Dave Matthews Band
  • Classical Guitar Gol-E-Gandom | Traditional, Lilly Afshar
  • Like A Stone | Audio Slave
  • Play the Game | Payam Larijani
  • It's All Up to You | Payam Larijani
  • Classical Guitar Aria Alla Francese | Allesandro Scarlatti, trans. Larijani
  • Classical Guitar Sakura Japanese | Yoquiro Yocoh
  • Classical Guitar Gavotte I and II | J.S. Bach
  • Drive | Incubus
  • 7 Caged Tigers | Stone Temple Pilots
  • Santaria | Sublime
  • Would | Alice in Chains
  • I Am Mine | Pearl Jam
  • Green Disease | Pearl Jam
  • Crop Duster | Pearl Jam
  • Save You | Pearl Jam
  • Wish You Were Here | Pink Floyd
  • I Shot the Sheriff | Bob Marley
  • Naked in the Rain | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Light My Fire | The Doors
  • Bushleaguer | Pearl Jam
  • Help on the Way | Jerry Garcia
  • Blackbird | The Beatles
  • The Zephyr Song | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Can't Stop | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • On Mercury | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Minor Thing | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Cabron | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • By the Way | Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Forever In Love | Kenny G
  • End of the Night | Kenny G
  • In the Rain | Kenny G
  • The Wedding Song | Kenny G
  • The Traditional Wedding March | Richard Wagner
  • Satin Doll | Duke Ellington
  • Tune Up | Miles Davis
  • Politik | Cold Play
  • God Put A Smile Upon Your Face | Coldplay


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Past Events

November 5, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Fri7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sherman Oaks, CA
July 25, 2020 • Private Party
Sat6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Newport Coast, CA
October 16, 2016 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sun5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Irvine, CA
May 4, 2016 • Meeting
Wed12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Laguna Hills, CA
April 22, 2016 • Wedding Reception
Fri7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Laguna Niguel, CA
May 2, 2015 • Private Party
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Pasadena, CA
July 19, 2014 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Newport Beach, CA
June 15, 2014 • Private Party
Sun4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Laguna Niguel, CA
April 26, 2014 • Private Party
Sat6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Huntington Beach, CA
April 2, 2014 • Grand Opening
Wed12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Irvine, CA
March 6, 2014 • Grand Opening
Thu12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Huntington Beach, CA
March 4, 2014 • Corporate Function
Tue12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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