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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 25, 1949

Fariborz Lachini has been creating music for more than three decades. While in his twenties and just before the revolution, Lachini had already achieved success in the world of pop music, creating music for some of today's Persian pop icons as well as music for children. Most kinds of music were banned in Iran after the revolution, so Lachini moved to France to study music and computers.

Living in Europe and studying at “Universite de Paris - Sorbonne” added a European flavor to Lachini’s music and influenced his style to become a distinctive and beautiful fusion of contemporary Persian and European styles. He also mastered the technology to create exotic sampled Middle Eastern instruments, immediately putting him in a unique position when he entered the world of film music. The score for the Berlin Special Mention winner, Snake's Fang (1991), is an example of this. Variety comments: “...The exceptional music is a computerized version of traditional southern Iranian percussion. Soundtrack sets the pace and signals both danger and action throughout the film.”

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Redefining minimalism

The one and only thing that bothers me about the music of Lachini is that I didn't find it sooner. I was first introduced to it in early 2008, and the quality and overall synthesis of the pieces blew my mind. And as I did more research about Lachini, his background and his music, the more interested I became. Put simply, these are pieces that are hard to believe are being written today. They're that ahead of their time.

Comparisons to contemporaries happen-as they often do-when it comes to trying to explain Lachini's music to those who are uninitiated...

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