Reza is the founder and director of Drumunity CIC. Before setting up Drumunity he worked as a medical doctor for 10 years in Iran. He came to London in 2004 to study Systemic Psychotherapy. Soon after he arrived in the UK Reza fell in love with West African Drumming through drumming circles and workshops in Essex and London and became a regular participant since. Reza pioneered a drumming project named ‘Drumunity’ for people with Learning Difficulties in 2008 when he was working for Haringey Council as a Support Worker. He then gained a Masters Degree in ‘Music in the Community’ from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. In setting up Drumunity CIC, Reza has pooled together all his knowledge and expertise of human anatomy, psychology, social, mental and physical health to develop a programme that promotes wellbeing for all. In his spare time, apart from drumming he also enjoys singing and dancing.
Leila is a co-director of Drumunity and has worked on various projects as a workshop facilitator and teacher. She is also a very experienced nurse and currently works in the A&E department of one of the capital’s hospitals. She is a fantastic musician and has a passion for promoting well-being through the work she does with Drumunity.
Azi joined Drumunity as a workshop assistant in October 2013. Since then she has been assisting Reza and Leila with running of workshops. She is also a freelance journalist and filmmaker with many years of experience specialising in science, health and the environment. In her previous life she was a research scientist and has a PhD in Nanotechnology. In her spare time she likes jamming, growing her own vegetables and travelling to organic farms.