Mohsen Namjoo

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محسن نامجو
Mohsen Namjoo
Mohsen Namjoo, New York 2013.jpg
Background information
Born 1976 (age 37–38)
Torbat-e Jam, Iran
Genres Persian traditional music
Iranian folk music
Iranian rock
Acoustic
Occupations Songwriter
Setar player
Singer
Instruments Setar
Guitar
Years active 1993–present
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Setar

Mohsen Namjoo, (Persian: محسن نامجو‎), is an Iranian musician, singer-songwriter. His style of music is influenced by Blues and Rock as well as Iranian folk music. The lyrics of his songs are also odd combination of Persian classical poems, his own lyrics, and contemporary poems; and uses the words freely with irony and sarcasm to carry the music and make a free style of singing. An Iranian correspondent for The New York Times in Iran wrote that "some call him a sort of Bob Dylan of Iran".[1]

Career[edit]

Namjoo at his concert in Illinois.

Namjoo was born in 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, a small town in northeastern Iran. 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 in September 2007. He also composed soundtracks for movies and plays.

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 2006 the Iranian judicial system sentenced Namjoo in absentia to a five-year jail term for allegedly ridiculing the ash-Shams, a surah of the Quran, in his song "Shams". The conviction took place in spite of his formal apology.[3][4][5] After establishing in the West, the song was released as part of his album Oy.

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 titled "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 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 by Mohsen Namjoo, which were developed in the United States during the past year. The performance has 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.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums
Year Title Persian Native Note
2007 Toranj ترنج In September
2008 Jabr-e Joghrafiyaei جبرِ جغرافیای
2009 Oy آخ In October
2011 Useless Kisses بوسه های بیهوده In February
2014 Trust the Tangerine Peel از بوست نارنگی مدد In May
Live albums
Year Title Persian Native Note
2011 Alaki الکی In December
2012 13/8 سینزده هشت In Fall

Singles[edit]

Audiobooks[edit]

Filmography[edit]

See also[edit]

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