Various Artists – This Is Tehran?

This Is Tehran? Cover

SMR002 – 04 june 2021
Various Artists – THIS IS TEHRAN?

A 10-piece album uniting diverse contemporary Iranian composers and musicians, invites listeners to discover and be amazed by the fruits of the marriage between heritage and innovation in the city of endless creativity

“This Is Tehran?” invites you to discover this music scene and marvel at its diversity.

From contemporary classical and electronic sounds with Saba Alizadeh on the Iranian spiked fiddle Kamanche or Siavash Molaeian together with Kasra Faridi on the piano to the well-known experimental electronic mastermind Ata “Sote” Ebtekar. The near-club beats of a wild cooperation between renown sorna player Ehsan Abdipour and Andreas Spechtl from the band Ja, Panik stand naturally next to jazzy sounds of Parastoo Ahmadi or Mina Momeni. The Otagh Band invites you to the dark, trip-hop laden “Rotenburg,” which they wrote about the “Cannibal of Rotenburg.”

“This is Tehran?” is 30M Records’ second release, and presents the capital’s wild creative energy with tracks that span contemporary classical, to experimental electronics to trip-hop and jazz in a mesmerizing journey through a fascinating culture. The beautiful album artwork was designed by Farhad Fozouni.

Kasra Faridi

Kasra Faridi

Kasra Faridi was born 1992 in Tehran. At age 4, he started to play piano and performed his first classical solo piece at age 6. He won the 1st price

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Siavash Molaeian

Siavash Molaeian

Born in 1991, Tehran, Siavash Molaeian has been playing Kamancheh as his main instrument since he was 14 . Based on his interest in songwriting and improvisation, he started the

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Mina Momeni

Mina Momeni

Mina Momeni is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Tehran. She has collaborated with Kronos Quartet and David Coulter in the past. The melancholic track “Divar” she wrote for a

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RojinSharafi (c) Hessam Samavatian

RoJin SharAfi

Rojin Sharafi was born and raised in Tehran, is now a Vienna-based emerging sound artist and composer of acoustic, electroacoustic and electronic music. “Naked City” is a distorted reflection on

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Parastoo Ahmadi

Parastoo Ahmadi

Young singer and pianist Parastoo Ahmadi from Tehran rearranged a traditional 16th-century piece from Shiraz, central Iran, into a modern, jazzy track with a haunting chorus. Releases on 30M Records

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Sote - photo-by-Arash Bolouri

Ata Ebtekar

Ata Ebtekar aka Sote is a Hamburg-born Iranian-American electronic composer and sound artist. He teaches electronic music production in Tehran to aspiring musicians, co-founded the ambitious SET festival in the

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Pedram Babaiee

Pedram Babaiee

Pedram Babaiee is a Tehran-based composer and producer of contemporary classical music who sees himself as a carrier of Iranian musical heritage in his generation of contemporary composers. For the

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Otagh Band

Otagh Band

The Otagh Band from Tehran is multi-genre artist collective and the brainchild of Bamdad Afshar. The band is known for spectacular stage performances involving artistic theater-play elements and eliminates regularly

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Ehsan Abdipour

Ehsan Abdipour

Ehsan Abdipour is the most famous Iranian player of the sorna flute. The sorna was used 2,500 years ago in Achaemenid Iran to play at the end of the day

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Saba Alizadeh

Saba Alizadeh

Saba Alizadeh is an Iranian composer, musician and reputated virtuoso of the Kamancheh (Iranian spike fiddle). On his debut album “Scattered Memories” from 2019, the 37-year-old Saba Alizadeh mixes his

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Artist Bamdad Afshar, blue door background

Bamdad Afshar

Bamdad Afshar (born in 1986, Tehran) is a real multi-talent: music composer, sound designer, art director, record producer, and film score composer. He graduated with an MFA in music and

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Hooshyar Khayam conducting - 30M Records

Hooshyar Khayam

Hooshyar Khayam (born 1978, Bedford) is an Iranian-British musician. He is active as a composer, pianist, teacher and producer. He specialises in contemporary classical, fusion/world music, and in music for

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