Mavara, is Iran's first premier progressive rock band. The name Mavara translates to "beyond everything you think" which speaks to the essence of their music. The band was formed in 2001 by composer/keyboardist Farhood Ghadiri and over the years has had a fluid line-up of members, performing extensively in Tehran and Karaj. Currently Mavara is comprised of Ghadiri along with Ashkan Hamedi/vocals,Sina Khodaiefer/bass, Anis Oveisi/keyboards and American Jim Welch/Drums Because of their unique sound and talent, Mavara quickly gained notoriety in Iran, receiving acclaim from the Tehran Industry and Science University as "Best Rock Band at a Live Performance". Additional honors include an invitation to perform for the internet music festival, "Teheran Avenue" in both 2003 and 2005. Their music is best described in terms of their influences, with a generous helping of Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and Marillion being the first bands that come to mind. In other words, more on the melodic side of Progressive Rock. Mavara began recording their first Persian language album, "Ultimate Sound" in 2003 which was released in 2005, and gained recognition in an article published on the website Zirzamin.se. Later in 2005, Mavara teamed up with the band Aavaar for a benefit show in Iran to promote the new album. It wasn't long thereafter that the band began recording their first English language album, "Forgotten Inside", which was released at a private concert in 2009. Among their first tour stops, was the "Crescendo Music Festival" in France during the summer of 2010. In 2013, Mavara released their epic third album "Season of Salvation", on Transit Music Group Records and is currently based in New Hampshire, promoting the album here in the United States. Since arriving in the American soil, the band has been the subject of television programs , College radio live appearances and countless magazine articles, The Hippo, The Union Leader etc, and most recently were featured in Spotlight Magazine where they graced the cover of the weekly magazine. Mavara was also invited to be one of 8 bands to perform at the prestigious "ProgDay Festival 2013" the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. Additionally in 2013 they performed by invitation at the "NJProghouse Music Festival." A recent review of the new album states: "Season of Salvation" never rests on its laurels, it is quite impressive in structure, style, and overall atmosphere"; "These guys (and gal) impress whether they are focusing on ambiance or on a great jam"; ".. a fantastic album." Jason Spencer on Progarchives, Aug. 2013 (4 out of 5 stars).
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