Mehdi Aminian is a musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker, and researcher. He is the founder of Roots Revival, an initiative that has been nurturing numerous musical projects based on intercultural exchange since 2013. As an ethnomusicologist, Mehdi actively engages in academic research, documenting various musical cultures and, in particular, those on the brink of vanishing.
Mehdi's musical journey began with a deep connection to Persian Music, particularly the Ney, during his adolescence in Iran. Leaving his home country at the age of 16 provided him with an ever-growing awareness and an opportunity to experiment with some of the world's oldest musical traditions.
His passion for Sufi literature, poetry, and the diverse musical projects he experienced while living in Europe and Southeast Asia inspired Mehdi to shape a unique style in his music and compositions, transcending the boundaries of any particular genre. Furthermore, his goal is not only to provide a complete musical experience to the audience but also to unveil the genuine and ancestral connection we all share with sound and music.
In his projects, musicians from around the globe are invited to come together and create a new musical experience by bridging cultural backgrounds and music genres. Projects such as "Maramureș," "Doina Revival," "Together," "The Worlds of Sound," "Aramaic & Sufi," "Colors of Maria," "Pain, Peace, Patience," "Call of the Winds," "Quieter than Silence," "Roots Revival Series," "Timbres of Middle-East-Europe", "Woven Sounds" and "Roots Revival Series" have left a significant mark on both the local and international music scenes.
Mehdi Aminian is a multidisciplinary scholar and artist and he has studied Humanities, Music, Ethnomusicology, and Computer Science in different parts of the world. His diverse experiences inform his leadership of Roots Revival, where he integrates artistic management, ethnomusicology, ethnography, anthropology, and digital humanities. Currently, he is conducting doctoral research at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW), documenting the singing cultures around carpet weaving in Iran.
Roots Revival - Verein zur Förderung des musikalischen Welterbes