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Biography

Mehdi Aminian was born in Iran.

Mehdi's musical inception in Persian Music and Ney in particular goes back to his adolescence which he spent in Iran. As he was to discover later, leaving his home country at the age of 16 provided an ever-growing awareness for experimenting within some of the oldest musical traditions of the world.

The Sufi monasteries of Bosnia, where he spent more than two years, as well as the various stages he performed on while living in Europe and South East Asia, helped Mehdi to gather enough inspiration to shape a unique style of his own, rising above the confinements of one particular genre. Moreover, not only does he aim to bring a full musical experience to the public, but also to unfold that genuine, almost ancestral connection we all have with sound.

Mehdi is part of “Quieter than Silence” project.

“Quieter than Silence” is rooted in Syrian, Persian and Sufi music cultures, applying various rhythmical and timbral elements throughout the process, which makes it a unique artistic repertoire hard to attribute it to particular geographical identity.

The mystic Sufi literature and poetry, different musical traditions from around the globe and the current tragedy in Syria are the main inspirations in this album and its new approach to composition, rhythm and melody.

"Quieter than silence" began with a friendship, beyond stereotypes and political conflicts between an Iranian, Mehdi Aminian and a Syrian, Mohamad Zatari, in Bucharest. Musically, itis a synergy between different instruments including Ney, Setar, Oud, Kamancheh, Percussion, vocal and Double Bass. Musicians in this project are:

Mehdi Aminian Iran - Ney, Setar, Vocals
Mohamad Zatari Syria - Oud
Leila Soldevila Renault France - Double Bass
Behnam Masoumi Iran - Percussion

Various compositions and musical moments include poems of Rumi and Ommar Khayam as well as other Sufi figures in Persian, in their original language.

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