Mehdi Aminian was born in Iran
Mehdi's musical inception in Persian Music and Ney in particular goes back to his adolescence which he spent in Iran. As he was to discover later, leaving his home country at the age of 16 provided an ever-growing awareness for experimenting within some of the oldest musical traditions of the world.
His fascination with Sufi literature and poetry as well as the various musical projects he had while living in Europe and South East Asia, inspired Mehdi to shape a unique style of his own in his music and compositions, rising above the confinements of one particular genre. Moreover, not only does he aim to bring a full musical experience to the public, but also to unfold that genuine, almost ancestral connection we all have with sound.
Mehdi Aminian has completed studies in IT, Humanities, Music and Ethnomusicology in Bosnia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Romania and Austria. Being employed at the Commission of Vanishing Languages and Cultural Heritage at Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW), he is currently conducting a PhD Research on the intangible cultural heritage around carpet weaving in Iran at the University of Vienna.
Besides, he has dedicated the past ten years to developing and implementing international music and research projects within the Association "Roots Revival" which he founded in 2013. These projects are at the confluence of Humanities and Musical Traditions in the process of establishing a dialogue between different musical traditions around the world.