Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in California. His unique music style resembles a patchwork of Persian classical poetry of Hafez, Rumi or Saadi with western music, namely rock, blues, and jazz.
Since 2003, Namjoo has recorded parts of his works in Tehran. His debut album titled Toranj was officially released in Iran in September 2007. He has also composed soundtracks for movies and plays, and was featured in the documentary Sounds of Silence (directed by Amir Hamz and Mark Lazarz) which has been screened at international film festivals.
In 2008 Namjoo kicked off his first solo US tour. His album Useless Kisses was released in 2011. Alaki, a live recording from a performance at the Stanford University in February 2011, was released in 2012. In late 2013, Mohsen Namjoo was Brown University Middle East Studies’ 2014 Artist in Residence. In 2014, he taught “Revolution and Poets: Content and Form in Iranian Poetry.”
Namjoo continues touring the world and creating new music. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for and touches the souls of today’s youth. Seamlessly blending the classical with the modern, the ancient and the current, Mohsen Namjoo is a true musical maverick.