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Mazgani is an Iranian-Portuguese singer-songwriter. He was born in Iran. In 1979, when the revolution takes place in Iran, he and his family emigrate to Portugal.
In 2005, Mazgani was considered by the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles as one of the best 20 new European artists. His debut album, Song of the New Heart, released in 2007, contains 13 songs sung in English.
In 2009, netlabel OptimusDiscos1 in Portugal released the Tell the People EP, produced by Pedro Gonçalves of Dead Combo. Also in 2009, Mazgani came third in the International Songwriting Competition, AAA category, with the song "Somewhere Beneath This Sky"3; the competition judges included Tom Waits, Robert Smith, and other alternative music notables.
At the end of 2009, he released his first international disc, Ladies and Gentlemen introducing Mazgani, through the Fading Ways Finland record label2. It was released for the BeNeLux and Scandinavian markets. The record is also available digitally worldwide via Finetunes.
In January 2010, Mazgani performed at the Eurosonic festival in the Netherlands, after also playing the Super Bock em Stock festival in Lisbon the month before. He also performed at Europavox 2010 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
His second full-length album, Song of Distance, was released in Portugal in April 2010 and that release was followed by a digital UK release via AWAL in October. It was produced by Dead Combo's Pedro V. Goncalves and Helder Nelson. The record hit no. 17 on the Portuguese charts.
His new record was released in April 2013, was produced by John Parish - with the collaboration of Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), and was recorded and mixed in Bristol. The first single, "Distant Gardens" was released in January 2013.
- Shahryar Mazgani (vocalist and electrical guitar)
- Sérgio Mendes (electrical guitar)
- Victor Coimbra (bass)
- Nuno Pessoa (drums)
Mazgani has mentioned in interviews the following musical influences:
- Song of the New Heart (Independent, 2007)
- Song Of Distance(Vachier, 2010)
- Common Ground(Independent, 2013)
- Tell The People (Optimus Discos, 2009)
- Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Mazgani (Fading Ways, 2009)
- Mercy (live promo EP, Tell the People, 2011)