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|Labels||Taraneh Sharghi Company|
|Past members||Mohammad Reza Golzar
Amir Hossein Mostaed
Arian (Persian: گروه موسیقی آریان) is the first pop band consisting of both male and female singers and players in Iran after the Islamic Revolution. Pahlavan and Salehi are the band's lead vocalists, and the songwriters are Pahlavan, Salehi, Amirkhas, Khahani and Farnejad. Their second, third and fourth albums were the bestselling albums of their release years.[verification needed] They are the first Iranian band to feature in the "International Who's Who in Music". They have currently released 4 albums, and played concerts across the globe. They also donate part of their profits to the "United Nations World Food Programme".
Their debut album, "Gole Aftabgardoon" (The Sunflower) was released in 2000. The album had huge success in Iran and between the Persian communities across the globe.[verification needed] The lyrics were simple, nice and different from the prior bands and singers, and the music had a positive feeling. Their second album, however, had more complex lyrics. It was named "Va Amma Eshgh" (And Now, Love) and released in 2001. The lyrics were again alternative and different, and in the first song, the fantasies of love are being criticized and described as "The Childish Tales". It took three years to release the third album, Till Eternity..., released in 2004 and they started to show their music to the rest of the world and were nominated for BBC World Music awards recently. The band has become so popular that more than 54,000 tickets to one of their concerts were sold in less than six hours.[verification needed]
In a recent interview with BBC they said, "Now we have a responsibility, we should be better and introduce ourselves all over the world. "If you go to Iranian movies all you see is misery - nothing else. People think Iran is like this - everything is a desert, all the people are crying... We wanted to show the real Iran".
In 2008, They released their 4th album "Bi to Ba to" and they worked together with Chris de Burgh and produced an English-Persian version of Chris de Burgh's song The Words I Love You (A light for eternity).
In 2009, The ARIAN BAND has released a single called "Here Comes Nowrooz, Here Comes Spring" for The Iranian Newyear [Can be downloaded for free from their official website].
In 2010, They released a single called "The Footsteps of Hope" for United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and officially received a Certificate of Appreciation from WFP.[verification needed] [Can be free downloaded from their official website]
Originally, Mohammad Reza Golzar, a famous actor and model, was one of the guitarist and soloist for the group.
- Ali Pahlavan (Vocals & Guitar)
- Payam Salehi (Vocals & Guitar)
- Ninef Amirkhas (Keyboard) (Currently studying in the United States)
- Siamak Khahani (Violin)
- Alireza Tabatabaee (Drum)
- Borzou Badihi (Percussion)(Currently live in Kish Island)
- Sharareh Farnezhad (Guitar, Chorus)
- Sahar Kashmari (Chorus)
- Sanaz Kashmari (Chorus)
- Farzad Fakhreddini (Electric Guitar)
- Dara Daraei (Bass Guitar)
- Shahab Hosseini (Keyboard)
- Alireza Miraqa (Percussion)
- Amid Bonakdar (Bass Guitar)
Former Guest Players
- Tirdad Keshavarzi (Electric Guitar) - Tehran Milad Hall (Tehran International Fair)
- Saman Emami (Electric Guitar)- Tehran S'ad Abad Palace.
- Milad Zendeh Naam (Electric Guitar) - Dubai
- Babak Akhoundi (Electric Guitar)- Uk, Germany Tour
Guest Players in Albums
- Abbas Sadeqi (Electric Guitar)
- Babak Akhoundi (Electric Guitar)
- Fleming Khoshqadami (Harmonica)
- Farzad Fakhreddini (Electric Guitar)
- Jaber Eta'ati (Accordion)
- Gole Aftabgardoon (گل آفتابگردون) (2000)
- Va Amma Eshgh (2001) (و اما عشق)
- Ta Binahayat (2004) (تا بی نهایت)
- Bi To Ba To (2008) (بی تو با تو)
- To Ke Ba Man Bashi (TBA) (تو که با من باشی)
- Here Comes Nowrooz, Here Comes Spring (2009) (عيد اومد بهار اومد)
- The Footsteps of Hope (2010) (صدای پای اميد)
- Seven (2010) (هفت)
- Since You Have Gone (2010) (از روزی که رفتی)
- Miss You Lots (2010) (تو رو کم دارم)
- Flight-Club Mix (2010) (پرواز - کلاب میکس)
- Arian Band - Parvaz
- The Words I Love You - (HD Quality DVD)
- BBC News (December 2004). "Iran's first pop revolutionaries". Retrieved 2008-04-10.
2. CCTV 9 Report Feb. 2010 (Iran's best selling pop band):