From Texas to Tehran

Dapper Fared

Ambe J. Photography

Fared Shafinury is an Iranian-American musician living in Austin, Texas. Born on the Gulf of Mexico, Shafinury absorbed the feel and rhythms of jazz, blues, indie rock, western classical and north Hindustani music. However, it is Persian classical music that has always held a sacred place in his heart.

Although primarily self-taught in the setar, santur, and the vocal repertoire known as the radif, Shafinury has had the privilege of studying under some of Iran’s most prominent Masters including – Ostad Mozaffari, Ostad Zolghadr, Ostad Shaari, Ostad Soukuti and Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi. Shafinury’s music is the progeny of his talent, passion, and environments – producing a sound that is simultaneously singular in character and universal in appeal.