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Mohsen Namjoo (Persian : محسن نامجو) is an Iranian singer-songwriter, composer and musician. His style of music is influenced by blues and rock as well as Iranian folk music.
Namjoo was born on 4 March 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, a small town of Razavi Khorasan in northeastern Iran. He was raised in the religious city of Mashhad.He started learning classical Persian music when he was 12. At a young age he started listening to Western music and became interested in musicians like Jim Morrison, Eric Clapton, and Chris de Burgh.
He was admitted to the Tehran University of Art in 1994.
In late 1997 and early 1998, Namjoo had his first two concerts, themed "modern combination of Iranian poetry and music".In 2003 he started recording parts of his own works in Tehran. His debut album titled Toranj was officially released in Iran on September 2007, and got his first captivated Iranians' attention. This album mostly produced underground music and was very well received among the Iranian community. This album insulted the Islamic regime, which forced him into a life in exile in 2008.
He also composed soundtracks for movies and plays. In 2010, Namjoo kicked off his "A Minor" tour with a new band ensemble centered around some of his most popular and courageous songs. In June they performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California (US).[ citation needed ] In October they performed at the Sony Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mohsen Namjoo also released a single entitled "Such Strange Times" in June, a song which was sung in English.
In fall of 2011, Namjoo recorded his next album Alaki live during his concert in Stanford University. This album was part of his work in the Stanford Pan Asian Music Festival. Accompanying band consisted of Ali Bazyar (Percussion), Dina Zarif (back vocal), Tannaz Jaffari (back vocal), Serwah Tabbak (back vocal), Siamack Sanaie (Guitar), Mark Deutsch: (Bazantar, Guitar)
In fall of 2012, Namjoo released his new album 13/8. Thirteen/eight is a compilation of six pieces, which were developed in the United States during the previous year. The performance had been prepared in collaboration with California-based musicians James Riotto (Contrabass), Robert Shelton (Keyboard), Ezra Lipp (Drums) and Greg Ellis (Percussion). Payam Entertainment produced a series of live performances for 2012. The inaugural performance in Berkeley, California will be recorded in preparation for a future double-album release by the same title.
Since late 2013, Mohsen Namjoo has been at Brown University Middle East Studies' 2014 Artist in Residence. During his residency, he is engaging in a number of activities. On December 7, 2013, to kick off his residency, he gave a performanceat the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. In spring 2014, he taught the course “Tradition and Protest: Persian and Iranian Music,” and gave several musical talks to public audiences on topics including “Shahram Shabpareh: Honesty and Minor Scale” and Iranian Rhythms. The spring 2014 semester was capped by a well-attended concert on the evening of May 10.
In fall 2014, Namjoo taught “Revolution and Poets: Content and Form in Iranian Poetry.” Organized by Middle East Studies, Brown, he took part in a panel discussion on Protest Music/ Music Performance and Social Change on Thursday, November 13, as well as taking the lead on assembling a couple of Iranian bands, banned from playing in their own country, who came together for the first time in an Iranian Music Festival titled “Iran Underground” on November 15 at RISD Auditorium. The event was part of Brown's 250th Anniversary events.
Namjoo made several film appearances. He was featured in the documentary Sounds of Silence (directed by Amir Hamz and Mark Lazarz) which has been screened at international film festivals. He also appeared in a feature narrative film called Few Kilograms of Dates for the Funeral (Director Saman Saloor), played in various film festivals. In 2016 he played in the feature film Radio Dreams by Babak Jalali. His newest song named "Begoo be baran" composed by Ehsan Matoori was released in March 2019 by Sheed Records company.His new album "Phantasm" composed and produced by Ehsan Matoori released on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco.
As a part of the Me Too movement in Iran, several women claimed that Mohsen Namjoo exploited his position to commit sexual abuse and harassment.On 17 April 2021, Namjoo confessed that he had committed some abuses and apologized for his behavior. Later that day an audio file was leaked on social media in which Namjoo was recorded (it is assumed without his knowledge) making comments which were described on social media as being narcissistic and misogynistic. In the audio, Namjoo famously said that "one hour of my breath is worth six months of the life of my accusers."
|2008||Jabr-e Joghrafiyaei||جبرِ جغرافیایی|
|2011||Useless Kisses||بوسههای بیهوده|
|2014||Trust the Tangerine Peel||از پوست نارنگی مدد|
|2016||Personal Cipher||صفر شخصی|
|2018||On The String of the Tear's Bow||بر چلّه کمان اشک|
|2020||Symphonic Odyssey||سمفونیک اودیسه|
|2017||Voices from the East||آوازهایی از شرق||In July|
|2017||Axis of Solitude||مؤلفۀ عزلت||In October|
|Chand kilo khorma baraye marassem-e tadfin||Abbas||No||No||No|
|Koodak, dirooz, khial||No||Yes||No||No||Documentary|
|Sky Without Passport||2008||Self||Yes||Yes||No||Documentary|
|Not an illusion||2009||Self||No||No||No||Documentary|
|Appropriate Behavior||2014||No||No||No||Yes||performer: "YAARE JAANI (BIRJANDI ETHNIC)|
|Aramesh ba diazepam 10||2005||Self||No||No||No||Documentary|
|A Deep Breath to End||No||Yes||No||No||Documentary|
|Radio Dreams||Hamid Royani||No||No||No|
|Behrouz: A Legend on Screen||2017||No||No||Yes||No||Documentary|
|The King of Feathers||2020||Self||No||No||No|
2014: Mohsen Namjoo performed with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble as part of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture concert series.
2020: Mohsen Namjoo Performed with Stockholm Symphony Orchestra.
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