Dilan Ensemble

Performed in Sofar Toronto

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 Kurd’s nation musical culture. Currently, we can still hear Dilan songs among Kurd people everywhere. Shahriyar Jamshidi was born in Kermanshah, Iran and was raised in a traditional Kurdish community in which music played an essential role in daily life. He studied the kamanche (4-stringed bowed instrument) with celebrated master musicians, with a focus on Kurdish music, and has been devoted to recreating classical Kurdish music in a way that resonates with younger generations.

Videos by Dilan Ensemble