Mavara, is Iranian first premier progressive rock band. The name Mavara translates to beyond everything you think which speaks to the essence of their music. The band was formed in 2001 by composer/keyboardist Farhood Ghadiri and over the years has had a fluid line-up of members, performing extensively in Tehran and Karaj.
Currently Mavara is comprised of Ghadiri along with Ashkan Hamedi/vocals, Sina Khodaiefer/bass, Anis Oveisi/keyboards and Americans Scott Abene/lead guitar and Jim Welch/Drums
Because of their unique sound and talent, Mavara quickly gained notoriety in Iran, receiving acclaim from the Tehran Industry and Science University as Best Rock Band at a Live Performance. Additional honors include an invitation to perform for the internet music festival, Teheran Avenue in both 2003 and 2005. Their music is best described in terms of their influences, with a generous helping of Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and Marillion being the first bands that come to mind. In other words, more on the melodic side of Progressive Rock.
Mavara began recording their first Persian language album, Ultimate Sound in 2003 which was released in 2005, and gained recognition in an article published on the website Zirzamin.se. Later in 2005, Mavara teamed up with the band Aavaar for a benefit show in Iran to promote the new album. It wasn't long thereafter that the band began recording their first English language album, Forgotten Inside, which was released at a private concert in 2009. Among their first tour stops, was the Crescendo Music Festival in France during the summer of 2010. In 2013, Mavara released their epic third album Season of Salvation, on Transit Music Group Records [TMG] and is currently based in New Hampshire, promoting the album here in the United States.
Since arriving in the American soil, the band has been the subject of television programs [NH Chronicle/ABC Television, Stir It Up on MCTV, etc], College radio live appearances [Tufts University, etal ] and countless magazine articles, The Hippo, The Union Leader etc, and most recently were featured in Spotlight Magazine where they graced the cover of the weekly magazine. Mavara was also invited to be one of 8 bands to perform at the prestigious "ProgDay Festival 2013" the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. Additionally in 2013 they performed by invitation at the NJProghouse Music Festival. A recent review of the new album states: "Season of Salvation" never rests on its laurels, it is quite impressive in structure, style, and overall atmosphere"; "These guys (and gal) impress whether they are focusing on ambiance or on a great jam"; ".. a fantastic album." Jason Spencer on Progarchives, Aug. 2013 (4 out of 5 stars).
Now days Mavara work on Fourth Studio album called Consciousness.
Period of Innocence
Written By: Farhood Ghadiri
I live my life with a big mask,
I live my life, with many lies,
You know you should change this life,
You know you should finish all of the fights,
You know anything about pure life,
You know anything about human kind,
I left my soul in my childhood dreams,
I remember all the guys, all the toys,
You want to touch my pain, it's not easy 'cause I really want to change,
I remember the dance of butterflies,
Those wishes I had,
I remember the period of my innocence
Listen, listen carefully, don’t be afraid, I see a world, I see a new world in your eyes.
Written By: Sina Khodaeifar
Faced the truth with the atomic unity,
For the wrong side of the world in eternity,
No one feels shame about his past life, and nobody knows how he's really guilty,
The time has come as the prophecies told,
Spiral twister scroll you up and down like a swing
Touch our mother earth with its screams,
It's not a nightmare, it's just the end of our dream,
From some other places in the giant universe,
Come to the ground to rebuild this world with peace,
The big tide is near to end our life with fear,
Destroy all crazy rules which are established by the fools.
Written By: Arash Radan,Farhood Ghadiri,Ashkan Hamedi, Ashkan Hamedi
We are standing over a black hole without worry and scared,
We are looking for a real or virtual safety,
Our thoughts are in a fanatic prison,
We live in the world with endless illusion,
Life is passing faster and faster,
Vision of falling in love will disappear,
We don't have enough time, we need more choice,
Perhaps, these choices are here in the dreamy sky.
All the ways, all the roads, all the goals end in a new maze
We live in the world with endless illusion
Season of Salvation
Written By: Ashkan Hamedi
Time goes on and on and we are going to darkness,
Love becomes empty and logic to be forgotten
Love like fire is going to be ashes,
Without heat and light and fear it's getting its power,
Is this the final hope for human salvation?
Is this the final journey for humans through time?
Now we should turn back into the past,
For finding everything we lost,
Finding our place in life's ocean,
Finding visions and our goals,
Image of human sunrise, justice time was clear with the light of love,
Treasure of wisdom, human soul without medium,
The spring was the only season of the earth.
What Will Be Happened
Written By: Sina Khodaeifar
What will be happened when I swallow my pain?
When I come to the ground
What could I be when I hold it again
When I don’t understand
When it comes to your mind
And you’ve just make it and I break it again
And you’ve just take it and I drift it away
And I want to understand
Can I live like a man?
What is the answer when you found no question?
When you hope to be alone
What is in your brain when it’s full of tension?
When it’s just full of doubt
When it’s close to the fault
And they’ve told you some lies
And we’ve got no surprise
And we’ve just make it and they break it again
And we’ve just take it and they drift it away
And I want to understand
Can I die like man?
Original music from latest albums "Season of Salvation" and "Forgotten Inside" which may vary based on performance