Shahriyar was born in Kermanshah, Iran and was raised up in a traditional Kurdish community that the members had a tight connection to the music in their daily life. He remembers when he was seven, his father took him to the Sufi celebration events annually. In that great mysterious rituals, the audiences who were sitting cross-legged on the floor politely and formal, sung and clapped spiritually. The group of musicians played Tanbour entire night. The mythical harmonies gradually gave him the best passion he needed and brought him to the sky. Shahriyar found that the music has power and capability to change his sense more than his family members. Therefore, his routine became to listen to live music in Kurdish radio channels every night. Due political issues and eight years of war in Iran, Shahriyar did not have any opportunity to learn music until age seventeen.
He hold a Bachelor of Music from the Tehran University of Art in 1988. Shahriyar received his Kamanche training with celebrated musicians such as Mahmood Merati, Mojtaba Mirzadeh and Ardeshir Kamkar, focusing on the study of Kurdish music in order to reconstruct the old songs of the Kurds, his people.
In developing countries, the cultural capital, music, in particular, is in danger of extinction. He believes that an effective way to retain the ethnic music is to bring this type of music to daily life. Over 24 years of his career, He has been attempting to recreate the classical Kurdish music in an understandable way for younger generations. Shahriyar considers this effort as a cultural bridge between past and future. In 2003, He founded the Dilan Ensemble (derived from the name of the Kurdish musician Qadir Dilan), which has since performed numerous times in Tehran and other cities of Iran. He has also performed on several well-known Kurdish TV channels including Kurdistan, Newroz, and Kurdsat, 2002-2007.
As a composer, Shahriyar has devoted his career to preserving the ancient music history of Kurdistan. Now based in Toronto, Canada, He hopes to introduce his music and the Kamanche to a wider audience, having already performed at Iranian Heritage Day at the Royal Ontario Museum in May 2013, Toronto's Tirgan Festival in July 2013 and Textile Museum Canada in February 2015. He has released three albums including Alvanati (2004), call of the Mountains (2008) and A Yellow Flower (2014).
In 2003, with all the barriers and limitation in Iran, Shahriyar founded Dilan ensemble to concentrate his works to his purpose Kurdish music. He named the group Dilan; in the memory of the brilliant Kurdish musician Qadir Dilan (May 24, 1928-March 18, 1999). Maybe, it is the first time in the history of Iranian music that someone has taken a name of a band of the famous Kurdish artist. Qadir Dilan was the precursor artist in his era; he had been working as a musician when Kurdistan was being in the hard and unstable conditions. Dilan left home to Perak the capital of Czech Republic to continue his work in free and safe place and study classical music as well. He has composed few songs that were the collection of Kurdís nation musical culture. Currently, we can still hear Dilan songs among Kurd people everywhere.
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