In ancient times, the Persian king Darius the Great conquered and ruled much of what is now Northern Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and part of South Asia. Where he used his Aryan bloodline heritage and vast armies to subjugate entire populations to his authority, one of his modern namesakes seems to be doing the same with his musical might and tuneful tenacity. Daryus Eqbali, better known as Dariush in the music world has been conquering the hearts and minds of music listeners all over with his plaintive bass ballads set in romantic soundscapes. His repertoire is spread across more than two dozen albums that he has released over a span of more than four decades. He is a living testament to the fact that power driven political conflicts may divide and demonize nations and entire cultures such as that of his home country Iran, but music of any genre is indomitable and transcends artificial barriers and differences. Avail some Dariush tickets to discover his wealth of musical treasures forged from influences from Persia, Central Asia and Andalusia.
Dariush was born in 1951 in the Iranian capital city of Tehran and spent much of his childhood in the regions of Kurdistan and Karaj. Dariush started to display a unique singing voice and style from early on and performed on his school's stage for the first time at age nine. He made his foray into the professional world when he turned twenty courtesy Hassan Khayatbashi, the famous actor and comedian that was big on Iranian television before the so-called Islamic Revolution dethroned the Pahlavis in 1979.
After Dariush had released his first single "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" in 1971, there was no looking back for him and he soon became a local sensation, recognized for his soulful bass laden voice and his role in defining the popular music culture of Iranian prior to the revolution. Following the revolution, he was naturally affected by the great political upheavals in his home country and thus incorporated his sentiments in his songs. Hence most of the songs that he has recorded in the last three decades since the revolution have highlighted the plight of his fellow countrymen and women and have been successful in reaching out to his audiences in live performances that he has delivered in prestigious venues. These include the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wembley Arena in London, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., LA's Universal Amphitheater as well as the Greek Theater, The Palais De Confres in Paris and the Koncertoes in Stockholm.
Dariush has worked with many of well renowned contemporaries such as Ahmad Pejman, Farid Zoland, Mohammad Shams and Varoujan as well as collaborated with a whole range of avant-garde composers and lyricists. His diverse set of talents have also taken him into the field of cinema that resulted in him performing in several Iranian films, most notably Faryad zir ab and Yaran" An acid attack by a deranged fan during one of his performances back in 70's resulted in him undergoing extensive treatment for the ensuing burns. However the pain was too much to bear at times and Dariush resorted to using morphine as a pain reliever. Eventually he became a morphine abuser for which successfully underwent rehabilitation and now also runs an organization by the name of Ayeneh Foundation that works with helping other substance abusers through the Iran Recovery Center. He also regularly organizes free seminars and talks across the worlds that educate the attendees regarding overcoming ethnic and religious differences arising out of misconceptions perpetrated by mainstream sources of information and the media.
Dariush is the recipient of the "Ron Simmons & Rev, Ronald L. Wright Award" in recognition of his outstanding contributions towards facilitating participation by minority communities. His 2003 album The Beloved is Here: Rumi encapsulated the spiritual and esoteric poetry of the 13th Century Persian poet Rumi. So for your own spiritual awakening and symphonic soul searching, secure some Dariush tickets now.