Mohsen Namjoo

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Mohsen Namjoo
محسن نامجو
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Born (1976-03-04) 4 March 1976 (age 45)
NationalityIran
Alma mater
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • composer
  • musician
Years active1993–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
  • Daf-Daf
  • Payam
  • Stradivarius
  • Nedai
  • Hozeh Honari
Associated actsMasoud Rezaei
Website Official website OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg

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.

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Early life and education

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. [1] He started learning classical Persian music when he was 12. [1] At a young age he started listening to Western music and became interested in musicians like Jim Morrison, Eric Clapton, and Chris de Burgh. [1]

He was admitted to the Tehran University of Art in 1994. [1]

Career

In late 1997 and early 1998, Namjoo had his first two concerts, themed "modern combination of Iranian poetry and music". [2] 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. [3]

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. [4]

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 performance [5] at 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” [6] and Iranian Rhythms. [7] The spring 2014 semester was capped by a well-attended concert on the evening of May 10. [8]

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. [9] His new album "Phantasm" composed and produced by Ehsan Matoori released on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco. [10]

Sexual abuse allegations

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. [11] [12] [13] On 17 April 2021, Namjoo confessed that he had committed some abuses and apologized for his behavior. [11] [12] [13] 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. [14] In the audio, Namjoo famously said that "one hour of my breath is worth six months of the life of my accusers." [14] [11]

Discography

Namjoo in concert in Illinois. Mohsen Namjow.JPG
Namjoo in concert in Illinois.

Albums

Studio albums
YearTitlePersian Native
2005 Damavand دماوند
2006Jabrگیس
2007 Toranj ترنج
2008 Jabr-e Joghrafiyaei جبرِ جغرافیایی
2009 Oy آخ
2011Useless 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
2019 Phantasm سودای من
2020 Grandiloquent مطنطن
2020Symphonic Odysseyسمفونیک اودیسه
Live albums
YearTitlePersian NativeNote [15]
2011 Alaki الکی In December
2012 13/8 سیزده/هشت In Fall
2017 Voices from the East آوازهایی از شرق In July
2017 Axis of Solitude مؤلفۀ عزلتIn October

Books

Audiobooks

Books

Theatre

Filmography

TitleYearCredited asNotesRef.
ActorComposerMusic departmentSoundtrack
Unforgotten Positives2004NoYesNoNoShort
KontrastNoYesNoNoShort
Hofreh2006NoYesNoNoShort
Chand kilo khorma baraye marassem-e tadfinAbbasNoNoNo
Hamkhaneh2007NoYesNoNo
Koodak, dirooz, khialNoYesNoNoDocumentary
Sky Without Passport2008SelfYesYesNoDocumentary
Not an illusion2009SelfNoNoNoDocumentary
Appropriate Behavior 2014NoNoNoYesperformer: "YAARE JAANI (BIRJANDI ETHNIC)
Aramesh ba diazepam 102005SelfNoNoNoDocumentary
A Deep Breath to EndNoYesNoNoDocumentary
Bodkin Ras 2016NoYesNoYes
Radio Dreams Hamid RoyaniNoNoNo
Behrouz: A Legend on Screen2017NoNoYesNoDocumentary
The King of Feathers2020SelfNoNoNo
MitraTBASelfYesNoNopost-production

Performance

Philadelphia, U.S.

2014: Mohsen Namjoo performed with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble as part of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture concert series. [16]

Stockholm, Sweden

2020: Mohsen Namjoo Performed with Stockholm Symphony Orchestra. [17]

See also

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