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Shadmehr Aghili

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Tehran, Iran (1997 – present)

Shadmehr Aghili ( born 1973) is an Iranian musician, singer and songwriter born in Tehran, Iran.

Shadmehr’s father, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war, died when Shadmehr was only a young student. Young Shadmehr began studying music with the encouragement of his brother and mother. He learned to play the piano and the violin just before he was 12 years old. The guitar is also an instrument which Shadmehr learned to play in a dexterous manner. After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, he entered a school of arts in Tehran and in a short time showed great intelligence in composing and playing music. As a child Shadmehr was influenced by Persian pop star Siavash Shams and other singers like Andy.

After receiving a music diploma, when pop music was forbidden in Iran, Aghili entered the “music school of television”. Around 1995 the first pop music permitted after the revolution was played on official Iranian television. This was dramatic music with Ahmad Shamlou’s poetry read by Khashayar Etemadi.

Aghili composed a great deal of music for other singers. Finally, in 1997, his first album was presented, Bahareman (“My spring”), which was a collection of classic and folkloric music played and arranged by Aghili (violin, guitar, piano, keyboard). In the same year his voice was heard in Mabood, his first vocal music, and afterward he continued work that resulted in Mosafer (“The traveler”), his first complete vocal album. In 1999 he created a revolutionary album, Dehati (“The villager”), with rock and roll, 6’n’8 and popular rhythms.

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