Agah Bahari (آگاه بهاری), born July 3, 1983, is an Iranian Rock composer, guitarist, producer, sound designer and sound mixer. Born and raised in Tehran, he moved to Canada after banishment from performing/recording in Iran by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Ministry of Culture in 2006.
Agah was a member of the band Meera, until he left Tehran for Toronto Canada, where he currently resides. Agah has had 4 performances as a guest guitar player at ICOM (International college of music) in Malaysia.
Agah Bahari was born on July 3, 1983 in Tehran, Iran. He started studying music at the age of seven, playing the recorder flute and xylophone. At ten, he moved on to the classical guitar, but soon switched to keyboards which he played for four years.
Soon after, he formed his own experimental trio, D.N.A. in 2003. D.N.A. performed four shows, for over 800 people, with proceeds benefiting a charity for children with cancer. D.N.A. broke up about a year later because of problems musicians in Iran face with producing albums. Soon after, Agah was asked to write a song for a video and music exhibit called "Depression: A Multimedia Project" at the Tehran art gallery Tarrahan Azad.
In 2005, Agah moved to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for five months to attend the International College of Music (ICOM). He studied music and performed as a guest guitarist, obtaining his pre-foundation certificate. He returned home to Iran and re-joined the band Meera, playing four sold-out shows. After another live performance at the Taraneh Music Institute in Tehran, he began to write and record his own music.
In June 2006, the first song, "Revolving Universe", was recorded with members of Planet X, Derek Sherinian on keyboards,Virgil Donati on drums and Rufus Philpot on bass. The Planet X members recorded their parts in Hollywood and then added Agah's guitar tracks, which had been recorded in Tehran. The song was produced by Derek Sherinian.
In October 2006, the Iranian Ministry of Guidance and Culture announced that Agah has been officially banned from having any further performances and/or recordings in Iran. On October 11, 2006, Agah left Tehran permanently for Toronto, Canada.
On January 8 of 2006, Agah resumed working on a debut solo album with the keyboard virtuoso, Derek Sherinian, as well as other legendary names in Progressive/Fusion music such as Virgil Donati and Ric Fierabracci.