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Faramarz Aslani

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  • Born: Tehran, Iran
  • Years Active: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

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All Music Guide:

Faramarz Aslani's stylish guitar playing and singing has made numerous fans and followers for him. He has been one of the most respected musicians among Iranians since he introduced himself by his hit song "Ageh Ye Rooz..." (If One Day...). Through 35 years he has made, produced, and performed music in a variety of musical genres and styles from Middle Eastern pop to acoustic jazz.

Aslani started as a journalist for several Persian and English publications, after he graduated from London University's College of Journalism in the early '70s. He used to work at the Tehran Journal for years but moved to CBS in late '70s. Joining CBS was a critical point in his musical life, since he could get the opportunity to publish his first album, Ageh Ye Rooz... (If One Day...), in the late '70s, which attracted much attention. The title song became one of the greatest Iranian music hits. Perhaps the most important element that made Ageh Ye Rooz... a unique album was that the songs were arranged for two, and in some songs three, Spanish guitars as main instruments. This had been rarely seen in Iranian music before. His second album, Be Yad e Hafez (Hafez, a Memorandum), was also recorded for the same label. Be Yad e Hafez was a tribute to Hafez, a great Iranian traditional poet, and showed Aslani's deep respect to him. The album consisted of eight songs written for eight poems of Hafez.

After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Aslani with his family, like most of his colleagues, left Iran and headed toward England, where he continued both as a journalist and a musician. In 1992 he started a U.S. tour which was opened at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and attracted much attention by eager Iranians all over the U.S.

Aslani released his third album, Rooz-haye Taraneh va Andooh (Days of Songs and Sorrow), in 1999, about 20 years after Ageh Ye Rooz... The album is comprised of songs that are quite diverse, both in style and concept, some lyrics of which belonged to Aslani himself. In Rooz-haye Taraneh va Andooh once again he showed his respect of traditional Iranian literature and used Rumi's well-known poem called "Beshno az Ney" in the song "Listen to the Tale." In 2003 he released another tribute album, Rumi, with Dariush and Ramesh, which consisted of 13 songs written for 13 poems of Rumi, or Molana Jalal-e-Ddin Mohammad Balkhi, a traditional Iranian poet as well as a mystic who lived in 13th century (about hundred years before Hafez).

Wikipedia:

Faramarz Aslani (Persian: Farāmarz Aslāni - فرامرز اصلانی , born July 13, 1954 ‎), is an Iranian guitarist, songwriter and Persian pop and folk singer.

Biography[edit]

He was born on July 13th, 1954 in Tehran, Iran and studied in London, England where he attained his bachelor's degree from London University's College of Journalism. After his graduation he moved back to Tehran and worked for several publications, including Tehran Journal. About the same time, he was discovered by a CBS records executive, who signed him up to produce his first album, "Del Mashghooli'ha", (Occupation of The Heart). That album has remained on many world-wide best sellers charts since its debut. After the National Revolution of Iran in 1979, he moved back to England with his family. He currently lives in United States and has two daughters, Phaedra and Roxana.

Faramarz Aslani is a legendary singer, songwriter and producer. He is admittedly a rare phenomenon in the Iranian modern music and a pioneer of the style of music that he has made popular. It is believed, that he is the only famous Iranian Artist, that writes his own lyrics & music, and performs them accompanied by his stylish guitar.

^ Faramarz Aslani at AllMusic

Music career[edit]

In his second album, 'Hafez, A Memorandum', he wrote music on eight poems of Hafez, Iran's most famous classical poet. In the most recent years, he has released two albums, 'Rouza ye Taraneh o Andouh' (Days of Song and Sorrow) and 'Khatt-e Sevvom' (The Third Line). Both albums are rich with the bewitching and amazing lyrics that have become unique to his style. The sounds of rhythmic guitar are prevalent throughout all of his songs, complimenting his deep and meaningful lyrics.

He has also collaborated with several other Iranian Artists, on various albums. 'Rumi, The Beloved Is Here', was a collaboration with two other Iranian Legends, Dariush Eghbali and Ramesh. That album is an ode to the great poet and mystic, Rumi. He also featured on Shahrzad Sepanlou's album, 'Yek Rouz' (One Day) on the song 'Maa' (Us). In 2011, Dariush Eghbali and Faramarz Aslani came together again to sing a duet, 'Divar' (Wall), as they began their year and a half duet world tour, called 'The Legends Concert'; which took them to 28 cities, from the Far East to the Middle East, to Europe and North America.

Although, his albums are few and far in between. His signature song, 'Age Ye' Rouz' (If One Day), released in 1977, passed its 30 year anniversary in 2007 and has inspired many other well-known, as well as up and coming artists alike to sing the song in other languages. Ajda Pekkan, an internationally known Turkish singer, as well as Deniz Seki have recorded this song in Turkish and other artists have recorded it in many other languages.

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