The concert at the Mint will feature eastern tunes on electric and acoustic guitars and bass, violin, and a mix of Persian and classical music with metal. The vibe is progressive feel-good rock. This is one in a new monthly series of Middle East rock/jazz/fusion concerts presented by the Levantine Cultural Center and the Mint—the Middle East Rocks.
An art exhibit of Farzad Golpayegani’s work and after party take place next door at the Levantine Cultural Center, 9:30-11:30 pm, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035.
Album “Six” (May 2012) by Farzad Golpayegani, Persian composer, musician and visual arts artist is based on the soundtracks he has composed for video games “Quest of Persia: Nader’s Blade” and “Garshasp”.
Tracks of this album include reworked pieces for Intro, Themes, Trailer and Credits of the games. All electric guitar solo parts (instead track “94”) are added in album version.
The album includes 16 tracks with Orchestral Metal theme.
Tracks of this album: “85”, “86”, “87”, “88”, “89”, “90”, “91”, “92”, “93”, “94”, “95”, “96”, “97”, “98”, “99” and “100”.
“Five” is the fifth full album by Persian composer, musician and visual arts artist Farzad Golpayegani. Five released in June 2011.
This album is not a heavy or metal record in anyway (nor was “Four”), this time he is getting Electronic Music involved and tries to achieve a kind of music easier to listen, but at the same time the technical playing goes on; this album includes the most complicated and extreme solos on 7-string electric guitar in comparison to previous records.
Like most of his previous records, “Five” is a self-released album and is totally produced by the artist himself.
Farzad would like to to dedicate the album to his loving mother “Farideh” also many thanks goes to Parsa Golpayegani, Yusuf Ozmenekse and all other friends for their support.
Tracks of this record: “Intro”, “77”, “78”, “79”, “80”, “81”, “82”, “83” and “84”
Farzad’s forth record “Four” released on January 2010.
Unlike previous records of Farzad this one is not in Metal genre. In entire album there is no Electric Guitar, Drums and even Percussion. Composition of the instruments includes: Steel and Nylon Acoustic Guitar, Resonance Guitar, Bass Guitar and Violin. Other elements of this “Fusion” album are influences of Iranian and Middle Eastern music and eastern tuning for Acoustic Guitars.
Farzad has played all the instruments and on last two tracks “Ali Sanaei” has featured on Bass Guitar.
Tracks of this record: “59″, “60″, “61″, “64″, “65″, “69″, “71″, “73″, “74″ and “75″
Finally after 3 years Farzad Golpayegani’s new record “Three” finished in Jan 2008. This is an Iranian Progressive Metal album and it includes only 3 tracks that are about 17 to 18 min. each.
Electric, Acoustic and Bass guitars, vocals and programming for drums and keyboards has been done by Farzad. Also “Arash Jafari” has played Kooze, Darbuka and Daf. Like previous albums Farzad has done recording, mix, mastering and has designed the cover.
This album is a medley of various themes with obvious influence of Iranian and Middle Eastern music.
Tracks of this album are: 14, 39 and 47. Also there is one hidden track in this record which is a cover from some rock and metal songs including: Paranoid (Black Sabbath), Fire (Jimmy Hendrix), Speed King (Deep Purple), Fits like a glove (Kiss), War Ensemble (Slayer), Damage, Inc. (Metallica), Birth of Tension (Overkill), Desperate Cry (Sepultura), Holy Wars (Megadeth), Cowboys From Hell (Pantera).
Some improvisation jam sessions, in the Iranian Fusion Metal genre, gave the band motivation and curiosity for keeping the record of this improvisation experiences as a live recording. In the last days of May 2007, The band members including: Farzad Golpayegani (Electric Guitar), Soheil Danesh Eshraghi (Vocals), Edward Wastnidge (Drums), Arash Jafari (Kooze/Darbuka/Daf) and Ali Sanaei (Bass Guitar) did the first trial of live recording. One of the goals of this project was to finalize the results as an album to release but the lack of suitable conditions and facilities for recording affected the quality of the sound so this project will be done in the future.
To see some pictures of jam sessions check out the Band Photos.
Farzad Golpayegani’s band in their Fusion concert including Exhibition of Farzad’s Paintings
Farzad Golpayegani’s band performed in their fusion concert. This event was held in January 2007 at Avini’s Hall in Honarhaye Ziba School (School of fine arts)/Tehran University. Since the genre of this concert was Fusion, eastern Percussions was played instead of Drums. It was something like an Iranian Rock Unplugged..
Video Arts that consist of Farzad’s paintings was playing during the performance too.
In addition some collections of Farzad’s paintings was demonstrated as an Art Exhibition at the same time. This exhibition included over 50 paintings.
Band line up for this concert:
Farzad Golpayegani: Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Naeim Meschian: Bass Guitar
Vahid Sabet Ghadam: Daf, Tabla
Soheil Danesh Eshraghi: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Arash Jafari: Koozeh
Edward Wastnidge: Darbuka
For view some pictures of performance check Band Photos