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Agah Bahari


AGAH BAHARI was born on July 3, 1983 in Tehran, Iran. He started studying music at the age of seven, playing the recorder flute and xylophone. When he was ten, he moved on to the classical guitar (nylon string), but soon gave it up in favor of playing the keyboard which he played for four years. 

Then, when he was fourteen, he picked up an electric guitar for the first time and hasn't put it down since! At the time, he loved Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera and few other speed/thrash metal bands, and played rhythm guitar in this style for four years. By 2002, he was ready to play five sold-out performances for more than 1,000 people at the Tehran Art University with the band Exir. Couple of month later, he has accepted to attend world known Berklee College of Music, placed in Boston, MA, which never happened as his student visa request has been rejected by the american embassy. 

Soon after, he formed his own experimental trio, D.N.A. In 2003, D.N.A. performed four shows, for over 800 people, with proceeds benefiting a charity for children with cancer. D.N.A. broke up about a year later because of the problems musicians in Iran sometimes face. Soon after, Agah was asked to write a song for a video and music exhibit called "Depression: A Multimedia Project" at the Tehran art gallery Tarrahan Azad. 

In the Fall of 2004, he was invited to join the band Meera who had released their first album in both Iran and Australia. Agah performed guitar, songwriting and composing duties with the band, and recorded three new songs with them, one of which he wrote. This song later reached Number One on Iran's music billboard. 

In 2005, Agah moved to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for 5 months to attend the International College of Music (ICOM).He studied music and performed as a guest guitarist, getting his pre-foundation certificate and improved his writing skill in the songwriting workshop with Sting and Dominic Miller. He returned home to Iran and re-joined the band Meera, playing four sold-out shows. After another live performance at the Taraneh Music Institute in Tehran, he began to write and record his own music. 

In June of 2006, the first song, "Revolving Universe", was recorded with members of Planet X, Derek Sherinian, Virgil Donati and Rufus Philpot. The Planet X members recorded their parts in Hollywood and then added Agah's guitar tracks, which were recorded in Tehran. 

In Oct of 2006, the iranian ministry of culture announced that Agah has been officialy banned for having any performance and/or recording in Iran since 2003.Soon after, in Oct.11.2006, Agah left Tehran, Iran to Toronto, Canada. 

In Jan.08.2006, Agah re-started working on his first solo album with the keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian, as well as other legendary names in Prog/Fusion music, Virgil Donati and Ric Fierabracci. 

In Aug.08.2008, Agah released his first solo album, The Second Sight of a Mind, independently. It led to several interests and offers from record labels, including a record deal from the world known Magna Carta. In Dec.2008, Agah signed a distribution deal with the canadian prog label, unicorn Digital, which would re-release The Second Sight of a Mind on Mar.2009.

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