NEW YORK, September 7, 2013 - Iranian singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo brings his mixture of Persian classical influences and Western rock, blues and jazz to a sold-out house at Asia Society. (1 hr., 35 min.)
Yahya Alkhansa was born in Tehran in 1981. His first experience with music
was playing tombak at the age of 9. At 16, he switched to a drum set. He has a
bachelor of science in Metallurgy from Tehran Azad University. He moved to
New York on September 2011 and studied advanced drum performance at The
Collective School of Music. Alkhansa became involved with the postrevolution underground music movement in its early days, playing with bands
like Sarakhs, O-hum and most notably, 127. He joined 127 on 2002 and has
been a member of the band ever since, touring around the world with them.
Mohsen Namjoo is a songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar player (traditional Persian lute). Born in 1976 in Torbat-e Jam, Iran, Namjoo began his musical training at the age of twelve, and studied Persian vocal technique with many great masters. He discovered the music of rock and blues in his late teens which had a huge effect on him. His musical style weaves a mosaic, mixing Persian music and poetry, Western rock, blues, and jazz to create something that is uniquely his own. Mohsen Namjoo is a true musical maverick, seamlessly blending the classical with the modern, the ancient with the contemporary.