Payam Larijani

Acoustic Guitar from Irvine, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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About
Thank you for the request. Payam Larijani, D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) as the entertainment for your special event! My name is Payam and I am a dedicated professional musician who is always willing to go above and beyond to help his clients create a memorable experience they will never forget.

Paya's guitar music creates an upbeat, fun, and classy environment with exciting and recognizable melodies for the Spanish classical guitar as well as many other styles such as acoustic rock guitar, classic rock, jazz and blues. He makes use of the latest technology with backing tracks and live singing and an occasional beat and accompaniment to the music.

The UCLA Daily Bruin describes Payam's onstage performances as "remarkable & impeccable." But perhaps equally as important is his reputation for blending all styles of music with the Spanish classical guitar repertoire. The Daily Bruin Newspapers continues… "Payam brings a well-rounded thinking approach to music, which soothes the soul and intrigues the mind." Btw, Payam is a current member of the UCLA Guitar Ensemble directed by Prof. Yates and has been invited back by the professor as an alumni member since 2001..

He is available for wedding ceremonies, engagement parties, weddings cocktail hour, corporate events, and fundraisers. He is currently performing at the Laguna Canyon Winery, The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, the exclusive Shady Canyon Country Club in Irvine, as well as donating his time to the MS Walk and Arthritis Walk each year at UC Irvine.

Payam plays classical Spanish guitar as the featured genre and to add variety blends in jazz, rock, flamenco music. The music selections can specified to creat the "vibe and energy", and the "mood " the client wants to create for the event.

Payam is liability insured for employment and has played at over 200 concerts, weddings, and corporate events since 2006.

A message from the artist:
As a 3-time music scholarship winner at UCLA for the Randy Rhoads Guitar Competition and President of the Orange County Guitar Circle at Chapman University, I take personal pride in sharing Classical Guitar Music with all audiences.

I am a current member of the UCLA Guitar Ensemble directed by Professor Peter Yates. I founded the "UCLA Concerts in the Rotunda", at the UCLA Powell Library during my time as a student. I have played at many Chancellor's events such as the "Milestone Dinner", opening of the Nanotechnology Building for former Governor of California Gray Davis. At the opening ceremony for specials guest Nancy Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital Dedication Ceremony, and was the featured entertainment for Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Brandon Boyd, Tom Curren and Paul Naude at the Waterman's Ball from 2009-2013.
My repertoire during the cocktail hour consists of popular classical guitar pieces by Isaac Albéniz, Fernando Moreno Torroba, exciting and intense Soleares, Farruca, Malaguena, Alegria's by Sophocles Papas, and more contemplative pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. I also play the traditional works like the Romanza, Canon in D, Wedding March, Green sleeves, and other traditional works like Scarborough Fair, Norwegian wood, Blackbird, from the Beatles, Wish you were here and "Is there Anybody Out there?" by Pink Floyd. I try to mix 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 is made up of popular standards like 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. Occasionally my duet partner Seth Greenberg joins me for events.

My pop/rock repertoire includes songs by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Marley, Sublime, Radiohead, Santana and a wide range of other top artists. I play solo, with backing tracks, or with my live backup band depending on your needs.

Amplification: For beach and outdoor venues I have a portable battery-operated amplifier (Roland Cube Street EX) It amplifies me just a little bit so that I can be heard while guests are talking and mingling.
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 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 guests arrive...

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions! I will send you a demo CD just send me your mailing address.

Looking forward to entertaining you!

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

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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.

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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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Payam did a great job! Showed up early, went above and beyond and is incredibly talented. He is the right choice for whatever entertainment needs you may have. We couldn't have been more happy with him.

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What a fine, accomplished professional Payam is. We so enjoyed his performance and personality to entertain at our son and daughter-in-law's post-wedding celebration in our home. He was a great addition to the party's success. We recommend him highly! Thanks Payam for joining us for this special occasion! Cynthia Scangas Santaluz, San Diego

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Baby Shower

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He was perfect! Arrived on time, was very polite, patient and helpful in setting up. And played an endless eclectic variety of music that created a perfect mood for our event. Everyone gave him high praise for being so good.

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Payam was just wonderful! Very talented and professional; he gave our wedding such a warm and romantic vibe!

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2016
Oct
16
Birthday Party (Adult)
Irvine, CA
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
May
4
Meeting
Laguna Hills, CA
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Apr
22
Wedding Reception
Laguna Niguel, CA
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2015
May
2
Private Party
Pasadena, CA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2014
Jul
19
Birthday Party (Adult)
Newport Beach, CA
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Jun
15
Private Party
Laguna Niguel, CA
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2014
Apr
26
Private Party
Huntington Beach, CA
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2014
Apr
2
Grand Opening
Irvine, CA
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2014
Mar
6
Grand Opening
Huntington Beach, CA
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2014
Mar
4
Corporate Function
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2014
Mar
1
Wedding
San Clemente, CA
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
2013
Oct
12
Wedding Reception
San Diego, CA
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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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Classical Guitar
Flamenco Guitar
Ambient Acoustic Guitar
Singer Guitarist
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Funerals
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Quinceañeras
Grand Openings
Please note Payam Larijani will also travel to East Irvine, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Tustin, Aliso Vajeo, Santa Ana, Silverado, Laguna Beach, Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Laguna Niguel, Balboa Island, Balboa, Villa Park, Anaheim, Fountain Valley, San Juan Capistrano, Garden Grove, Atwood, Corona, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Yorba Linda, Capistrano Beach, Midway City.
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