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محسن نامجو

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Mohsen Namjoo was born in 1976 in the city of Torbat-e Jam, Iran and began his musical training at the age of 12, studying under Nasrollah Nasehpour until the age of 18. In 1994 he was offered to study Theatre and Music at Tehran University. He first joined the theater course because the music program at the university wouldn’t start for another year. At Tehran University he was a student of Alireza Mashayekhi, Azin Movahed, and other masters. He has also studied Iranian folk music under Haj Ghorbane Soleimani. Since then he has composed the soundtrack for a number of films and many plays. His voice appears in most of his compositions.

He made himself familiar with western music, especially blues and rock. Since 2003 he has started recording parts of his works in Tehran. His first album titled Toranj was officially released in Iran in September 2007. He was also featured in the documentary “Sounds of Silence” (D: Amir Hamz + Mark Lazarz) that has been shown in film festivals across the globe. He acted in a feature narrative film called “Few kilograms of dates for the funeral” (D: Saman Salur), shown in various festivals. Mohsen Namjoo’s first performance outside Iran was in January 2006 at the Tehran Hotspot of the International Rotterdam Film Festival where he played solo. His critics say his music makes a mockery of Persian classical and traditional music because he constantly blends it with western jazz, blues, and rock music, but he said in an interview at one of his studios in Tehran “I wanted to save Persian music. It does not belong to the present time and cannot satisfy the younger generation. The fact is that Persian music is very close to other styles, and it is possible to mix in other styles with a little shrewdness.

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