Arsi Nami

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Arsi Nami
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Background information
Birth name Arsalan Nami
Also known as Arsi Nami
Born (1984-05-21) May 21, 1984 (age 32)
Shiraz, Iran
Genres Pop, Eurodance, World, Electronic
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Music Therapist, Actor, Philanthropist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, percussion
Labels Shiraz Records
Website www.arsinami.com

Arsalan Nami (Persian: ارسلان نامی‎‎) (born May 21, 1984 in Shiraz) better known as Arsi Nami,[1] is a Persian-Swedish singer, songwriter, music therapist, actor and philanthropist living in Los Angeles, California. Credits include music on Fox TV show Bones (TV series) [2] and Cannes Film Festival movie Crown Prince of Heaven.[3] His acting credits include featured actor for Samsung TV Commercial, Disney, modeling for Guitar Center commercial print, lead actor in Short Drama Film Love Is Blind, Carriere Menswear wearing Canali, acting for Los Defensores and SoCal Gas Company. According to MTV.com, he is listed as one of the few award winning multilingual Pop Singers and Music Therapist outside of Iran. He is also known to be the first Iranian to introduce Music Therapy to the Iranian population, where music is used to help increase quality of life for individuals with psychological and physical deficits[4]

His breakthrough came when he participated on Sikta Mot Stjärnorna (Aiming at the Stars), a national talent show program televised on TV4 (Sweden).[5] organized by FremantleMedia (American Idol). After two auditions where 3000 participated, he became one of the 45 to enter the show singing "Hero" (from Enrique Iglesias) live on national television, and winning the second place award.[6]

Music[edit]

Arsi Nami's music has been featured on several TV Shows, films and video games. His song "She Wants to Fly" (feat. Levi Whalen) was featured on Fox TV show Bones (TV series) on May 12, 2014.[7] The song was originally written for Freedom in Iran during the 2009 Presidential Elections and has previously been featured on the soundtrack of Cannes Film Festival movie Crown Prince of Heaven in 2010.[8] It has also been broadcast on major TV networks around the world such as Peace Day Television show which has featured world figures Dalai Lama, Bono, U2, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie etc.[9]

His dance-pop song "Never Be Lonely" (feat. Levi Whalen) was on June 3, 2013 featured on Fox TV show The Goodwin Games[10] "Never Be Lonely" is also featured as the dance track for the web video game Good Game Disco[11] made by 2012/2013 award-winning European Game developer Goodgame Studios.

His song "Paradise" (feat. Levi Whalen) was on May 1, 2015 voted as #1 song at top 100 Indie Dance/Disco chart on Spinnin' Records Talent Pool[12] The song was also voted as number 1 song at March top 10 House dance chart on House Charts.com[13]

Arsi Nami's hit Never Be Lonely (feat.Levi Whalen) featured on Fox TV Series Goodwin Games and since 2010 #1 song on award winning online game Goodgame Disco

His pop music with his cultural musical blend of Eurodance, World Rhythms and Electronica. Arsi Nami is also known for writing and performing his works for Freedom, Human Rights and Health foundations with all music & lyrics written by him.[14] His music is multilingual, which includes songs released in English, Spanish, Italian and Swedish.

Arsi Nami guest speaker at California State University of Northridge in 2012, talking about Miracles, Journeys, Music Therapy and leading a music improvisation activity for the Freshmen
Arsi Nami performing "She Wants to Fly" written for Freedom in Iran at Save The Culture Event Los Angeles 2011

Arsi Nami joins Andrea Bocelli, The Beatles and Elvis Presley for releasing Consuelo Velázquez famous song "Bésame Mucho", via Shiraz Records, which makes it the first Duo/Latin house version in history, produced by Levi Whalen and co-sung with singer Jacqueline Padilla.

On April 27, 2013, Arsi Nami became the first artist to release his Pop Electronic and Progressive House rendition of world famous Italian song "Caro Mio Ben" featuring UK based producer Kryphon. "Caro Mio Ben" was written by Italian composer Giuseppe Giordani, and made famous by Luciano Pavarotti.[15] He is the executive producer of the music video which had world premiere on MTV.com on August 9, 2013.[16] He has also co-directed, produced, and edited two of his music videos "100 Miles" and "Heaven Knows", which have been broadcast through mainstream medium giants such as MTV UK and featured at the Laemmie Theaters Santa Monica SMC Film Festival.

On January 14, 2012, Arsi Nami was signed by music publishing company Winogradsky/Sobel to have his music pitched for television, film and video games etc. becoming the first artist in the company representing Pop/Euro-Dance and World Music genre[17]

Arsi Nami's single "Miracle" (feat Si Ana) released February 2012 via Royalty Recordings was featured for ten weeks on world's largest dance music store Beatport as Top Staff Pick in the pop/rock category. Arsi Nami's music is also listed on FairShareMusic, with profits going to human rights and health support organizations such as Red Cross, War Child, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Amnesty International, Cancer Care & Research etc.

Music therapy[edit]

According to MTV.com, Arsi Nami has also been known for being the first Iranian to introduce music therapy to the Iranian population, where music is used to help increase quality of life for individuals with psychological and physical deficits. That includes his several TV appearances on giant Iranian media television stations such as IRAN TV, Mardoom TV and TinTV and invitations to speak at UCLA. He has been awarded several scholarships and awards for his music therapy practice and accomplishments. His recent awards include:The 2014 James R Simpson Merit Scholarship awarded by President Dianne Harrison of California State University, Northridge, The Royal Swedish Music Academy Award in 2012 and the Bayramian Art Scholarship Award in 2012 and 2013, for his music therapy studies and accomplishments. Arsi Nami does also spend his time making motivational and guest speaking appearances. Speeches include: Music Therapy, the positive influence of music on children and his music and cultural journey from Iran to Sweden to Los Angeles. His speeches also include leading instrumental music improvisation and therapeutic music instrumentation with the audience. Invitations include Stand Up to Cancer at UCLA, Music Entrepreneurship classes at California State University, Northridge, Music For Your Heart Foundation in Miami, Children's Boosh Foundation in Los Angeles, International Children Foundation in Santa Barbara, Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara and California State University, Channel Islands.

Acting, TV and Commercials[edit]

Arsi Nami starring as Giovanni in Romance Drama shortfilm "Love Is Blind" (2016)

Arsi Nami took on the acting career in October 2015, after going through a tough period of variety of challenges including betrayals, a car accident, a breakup, which resulted in attending acting workshops part of his therapy. His passion for acting grew, and he started to challenge himself into the silver screen by auditioning for roles which led into getting TV and commercial roles such as lead in feature romantic drama shortfilm Love is Blind, Villa. Commercials for Disney, Samsung, NBA, Vivo Phone China, Guitar Center, Independence Day Resurgence, Westin Hotels, Clorox, El Vato, Los Defensores etc.[18]

Project Role Production
Love Is Blind (Short Film) Lead (Giovanni) KM Productions [18]
Villa (Comedy) Lead (Brandon) New York Film Academy [18]
Samsung TV Commercial Featured (Business man) JIMP Entertainment [18]
Guitar Center Commercial Print Featured (Musician) WLGC Production [19]
Bones_(TV_series) Soundtrack - Episode Shiny Brass Lamp [18]
The_Goodwin_Games Soundtrack - Episode Farfield Production [18]
Los Defensores Featured (Attorney) Walker Advertising [19]
SoCal Gas Air Purifier Featured (Homeowner) Carpe Diem Productions [19]
Clorox Featured (Self) ERO [19]
Sikta Mot Stjarnorna Featured (Self/Singer) Freemantle Media [18]
Idol Sweden Featured (Self/Singer) Freemantle Media [18]
Carriere Menswear wearing Canali Featured (Model) J.C Productions [19]
WESTIN Hotels & Weddings Featured (Classical Groom) C2 Studios [19]
Costa Investment Group Featured (Billionaire investor) DC productions [19]
Film Noir Featured (Italian mob) JCP Productions [19]
Alta Steelyard Lofts Featured (Model/Resident) WC productions [19]
Disposable (Drama) Supporting (Psychologist) VALED Productions [19]
The Last Shift (Drama) Supporting (Iranian Head officer) Vanishing Angle [19]
Praetor (Sci-Fi) Supporting (Soldier) Bayou Pictures [19]
Live By Night (Drama) Cuban Gentleman at Revival Dir:Ben Affleck Prod: Leonardo DiCaprio [18]
Dangerous Minds (Drama) Supporting (Business man) Dimm Media LLC [19]
Fight of the Living Dead 2 Zombie Alpine Labs, BlackBoxTV, Ketchum Labs [18]
Hello Chile Photo Booth commercial Featured (Father) Immerse Films [19]

Philanthropy[edit]

Arsi Nami Co-Founded Non-Profit Organization Opportunitree to help the community, children, elderly and individuals with disabilities.[20] He spends a lot of time doing humanitarian work, raising awareness for human rights and health support organizations. He has been involved and contributed to charities such as:Red Cross, War Child, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Amnesty, WWF, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and ActionAid. He is also active bringing the importance of Music, Music Therapy to the community, children, elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Arsi Nami's song She Wants To Fly was also written for Freedom and Human Rights in Iran, which has been featured at Peaceday TV and Cannes Film Festival short Film Crown Prince of Heaven. He has also been a guest artist at Charities such as: Children's Boosh Foundation at Taglyan Place, Los Angeles, Music for your Heart Foundation in Miami, Stand Up 2 Cancer at UCLA, International Children Foundation in Santa Barbara to name a few.

His music is also listed on FairShareMusic, with profits going to human rights and health support organizations.[21]

Education[edit]

Arsi Nami graduated with honors on May 19, 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy from California State University, Northridge. He graduated with honors, Music A.A from Santa Monica College and a Music and Media Composing degree from ITM Sweden.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year
James R. Simpson Merit Scholarship Award for Music Therapy studies (Awarded by President Dianne Harrison at California State University of Northridge) 2014
Royal Swedish Music Academy Scholarship Award (Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien) 2013
Bayramian Art Scholarship Award 2013
Music For Your Heart Foundation - Certification Appreciation Award 2012
Nominated as UGT Talent Award Show best lead singer 2010
Pearl M Follmer Memorial Music Scholarship Award 2010
William T L Gertrude V. Powell Memorial Music Scholarship Award 2009
Iranian.com Iranian of the day Award[22] 2008
Simon Trust Music Scholarship Award 2008
Esther Landon Memorial Music Scholarship Award 2007
Aiming at Stars 2nd Place Award (National Television Competition Sweden) 2003 [23]
Arsi Nami guest on TinTV's Nowruz show, talking about Music Therapy and showing his Italian Music Video Caro Mio Ben (March 20, 2014)
Arsi Nami performing at 2011 Malibu Music Awards.

Guest appearances and performances[edit]

Topic Audience Event/Location
Featured Model, 4th Annual Vintage Glamour Bridal Event at Rancho Las Lomas (January 31, 2016) Public Orange_County,_California
Featured Model, 2016 Premiere Bridal Fashion Show at Hilton_Worldwide (January 10, 2016) Public Pasadena,_California
Guest speaker, lecturing nursing and communicationstudents about Music Therapy, journey from Shiraz to Sweden and Los Angeles & leading a music therapy session (April 16, 2015) Nursing & Communication Students California State University, Channel Islands
Guest speaker, lecturing nursing communication and psychology students about Music Therapy, journey from Shiraz to Sweden and Los Angeles & leading therapeutic music session (October 16, 2014) Nursing & Psychology students California State University, Channel Islands
Guest speaker, presenting an evidence based Music Therapy method on the effects of Increasing vocalization and improving motor skills on individuals with Intellectual disabilities and Cerebral Palsy. (October 9, 2014) College students California State University, Northridge
Guest speaker, lecturing nursing and psychology students about Music Therapy, journey from Shiraz to Sweden and Los Angeles & leading instrumental music improvisation session (April 17, 2014) Nursing & Psychology students California State University, Channel Islands
Guest artist at Tin TV's Persian Norooz Show hosted by Dr.Foojan Zeine, talking about Music Therapy, showing his Italian Music Video "Caro Mio Ben" and singing live in Farsi (March 20, 2014) TV Tin TV/AFN, (Tasvir e Iran) Los Angeles
Performed his World Music flavored song "Luna" featuring The Circle at 2014 Music Therapy Showcase (Feb.25, 2014) Public Cypress Hall, Northridge, Los Angeles
Singing as a Tenor for the Irish band The Chieftains at a sold-out concert at Valley Performance Arts Center (Feb.22, 2014) Public Valley Performance Arts Center, Northridge, Los Angeles
Lecturing about Music Therapy, talking about his journey from Shiraz to Sweden to Los Angeles and leading an instrumental music improvisation session (Feb. 13, 2014) Nursing students Cottage Health System, (CSU Channel Islands), Santa Barbara
Guest artist at Iran TV's Banooye Sharghi Show with Mahroo, talking about music, music therapy and cultural journey from Shiraz to Sweden to Los Angeles (June 19, 2013) TV IRAN TV/ITN Los Angeles
Guest speaker, lecturing Nursing students about Music Therapy, Music Journey from Shiraz to Sweden to Los Angeles & leading music improvisation session (April 18) Nursing & Psychology students California State University, Channel Islands
Guest artist at Tin TV's Eternal Voice Show (Nedaye Daroon) talking about music, music therapy, music journey from Shiraz to Sweden to Los Angeles (March 29, 2013) TV Tin TV/AFN, (Tasvir e Iran) Los Angeles
Guest artist at Tin TV's Persian Norooz Show (March 20) TV Tin TV/AFN, (Tasvir e Iran), Los Angeles
Lecturing about Music Therapy & leading music improvisation session with Valentine's Day as topic (Feb.14,2013) Nursing students Cottage Health System, (CSU Channel Islands) Santa Barbara
Guest artist on Iranican Show on Radio Javan talking about Music, Music Therapy and singing live Radio Radio Javan, Washington, D.C
Talking about Music Journeys, how music influence children and Music Therapy Public Music For Your Heart Foundation, Miami[24]
Miracles & Music Journeys, Music Therapy and leading a Music Improvisation session Freshmen students Professor Dolas Entrepreneurship class California State University, Northridge
Guest artist on MasAppeal Show on Radio Javanan talking about Music, Music Therapy and Life journeys Radio Javanan, (Radio Javanan) Los Angeles
Music, Life, Miracles and Inspirations and leading a Music Improvisation session Music students Dr.Roscetti entrepreneurship class California State University, Northridge
Guest artist, singing, talking about Music Therapy and Positive motivations Public Stand Up 2 Cancer, UCLA
Guest artist, singing Besame Mucho and honoring Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez Public Dia de Los Muertos Mexican Festival 2011, Los Angeles
Live Singing Performance with dancers Gloria Villegas and Nelson Aparicio Public Malibu Music Awards, Malibu, California
Guest artist at Mardom TV's talking about Music, Music Therapy, Shiraz and upcoming performance on Malibu Music Awards 2011 TV Mardom TV with Sorbi, Washington, D.C
Guest artist, live singing performance dedicated for Freedom and Arts with dancer Gloria Villegas and singer Jacqueline Padilla Public Save The Culture - Hand in Hand with Persian Stars Los Angeles
Singing as a Tenor for Gary Schyman's Orchestra for his world known music written for games Bioshock and Dante's Inferno Public Studio Ensemble Concert California State University, Northridge
Guest artist at Iranian Radio KIRN 670AM, talking about his music and performing songs Never Be Lonely / She Wants To Fly Live on Air Public Radio Iran 670 KIRN, Los Angeles
Singing as a Tenor at the Opening Gala of Valley Performance Arts Center. Song; Brand New Day (Wiz of Oz). Selected by Dean of Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication; Robert Bucker Public Opening Gala of Valley Performance Arts Center 2011, Los Angeles
Live singing and dancing rumba, paso-doble, waltz and tango at consecutive sold out event[21] Public Folklorico World Dance Performance at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, California
Guest artist singing live for Cancer foundation Public The benefit Cancer Foundation Fashion Show at Taglyan Palace Hollywood, Hollywood, California
Guest artist, live singing performance benefiting Children Cancer Foundation Public International Fashion Show benefiting International Children Foundation, Santa Barbara, California
Guest artist Christmas singing Live benefiting children foundation Public Stars Shine Bright X-Mas MBar performance benefiting Children's Boosh Foundation. Hollywood, California
Guest artist, performing with his band four consecutive years, biggest Swedish music Festival Public Kalajs Rix Fm Music Festival Jönköping, Sweden

Music[edit]

Song Year Label
Love Is Blind - Original Soundtrack TBA 2016 [Shiraz Records]
"Paradise" feat. Levi Whalen Feb 14 2015 [Shiraz Records]
"Luna" (Instrumental Piano/World Rhythms) June 4, 2014 [Shiraz Records]
"Threw My Heart Away" feat. Taylor Lipari Nov 11, 2013 [Shiraz Records]
"Caro Mio Ben" feat. Kryphon April 27, 2013 [Shiraz Records]
"Besame Mucho" feat Levi Whalen & Jacqueline Padilla Jan 15, 2013 [Shiraz Records]
"Heaven Knows" Remastered Jan 1, 2013 [Shiraz Records]
"Dig Jag Vill Ha" (You I Want) Dec 24, 2012 [Shiraz Records]
"Never Be Lonely" feat. Levi Whalen Oct 16, 2012 [Shiraz Records]
"Miracle" feat Si Ana Feb 27, 2012 [Royalty Recordings]
"Keep Falling in Love" feat Florence Rezvani March 9, 2011 [Shiraz Records]
"She Wants to Fly" (Dedicated for freedom in Iran) Aug 7, 2009 [Shiraz Records/CPOH OST]
"100 Miles" Jun 11, 2008 [Indp.]

Featured songs[edit]

Song Year Featured
Arsi Nami - Paradise (feat.Levi Whalen) May 1, 2015 #1 song at top 100 Indie Dance/Disco chart on Spinnin' Records Talent Pool[25]
Arsi Nami - Paradise (feat.Levi Whalen) March 1, 2015 #1 song at March top 10 House dance chart on House Charts.com[26]
Arsi Nami - She Wants To Fly (feat.Levi Whalen) May 12, 2014 Featured on Fox TV show Bones (TV series)[27]
Arsi Nami - Never Be Lonely (feat.Levi Whalen) June 3, 2013 Featured on Fox TV show The Goodwin Games[28]
Arsi Nami - Never Be Lonely (feat.Levi Whalen) 2010–present Featured as official dance track by 2012 European Game Award winners Goodgame Studios on web game "Goodgame Disco"
Arsi Nami - Miracle (feat.Si Ana) 2012 Featured 10 weeks as Top Staff Pick on World Largest Dance Music Store Beatport along with Kelly Clarkson and Radiohead
Arsi Nami - She Wants To Fly 2010 Featured on Cannes Film Festival film Crown Prince of Heaven

Basketball[edit]

As a teenager, Arsi Nami played as a Shooting guard (SG) in the team Brahe Basket in Sweden. He accomplished receiving 2 Most Valuable Player Awards as the best player in Jönköping during the 1995/1996 and 1996/1997 season and 1 Most Valuable Player Award as the best player of Southern Sweden during the Swedish Championship Basketball Competition in 1997/1998 season.[29]

References[edit]

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  24. ^ ""Music For Your Heart" Foundation Invites You to a Magical Night Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary Benefiting Children through Music". PRWEB. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
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  29. ^ "Brahe Basket - Historia/ Arets Bamse". Brahe Basket. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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