Salim Ghazi Saeedi
was born in 1981
in Tehran, Iran. Despite the inactive rock scene in Iran, he decided
to challenge his fate by becoming a rock musician.
Salim started self teaching electric guitar and music production
from 1999. Meanwhile living outside contemporary rock music currents
in Iran made Salim shape his music style in a unique personal way.
It has been compared to surprisingly diversified bands from all over
the world like Univers Zero, King Crimson, John Zorn and Birdsongs
of the Mesozoic. In this regard Salim has found himself composing in
genres like art rock, rock in opposition, progressive metal and
jazz-fusion - with tinges of oriental music
according to critics.
Harmonie Magazine compared his guitar playing to King Crimson's
He is the producer, composer and performer of all instruments in his
instrumental music. He has coined the term "Pictorial Rock" as a
description of his compositions which is also the title of his blog:
"Pictorial rock" he says "is a term I use for my music that is
usually based on series of mental images, a nightmare or maybe
dreams of a sound sleep... As a listener, you have to wait for the
pictures to materialize in your mind!"
However Salim has had little chance to expand his music career in
his hometown, he has regularly kept on working. While in Arashk band
he released Abrahadabra (2006), Sovereign (2007) and Ustuqus-al-Uss
(2008). Afterwards he released Iconophobic (2010), Human
Encounter (2011) and namoWoman (2012) as a one-man-band.
His albums are concept albums hiring elements of classical and
electronic music and progressive rock with diversified use of
instruments. He describes himself as "an ever improviser... both in
performing and in composing." His main influences include Jeff Beck
and Thelonious Monk. Salim says about his style of music: "I never
decided to compose in progressive genre. I just have a very
versatile taste of music listening... Maybe this is how progressive
genre takes place. You let your mind free and it becomes
Who Do I Sound Like?
Iconophobic Review, Artrock.pl,
"there is a hugely refreshing
originality to Salim Ghazi Saeedi"
A retrospective, Indie Bands Blog, Tim Whales
"rich with Persian rhythms and
brooding rock-Shostakovitch shadows"
-Human Encounter Review, JazzWax, Marc Myer, Jan 2012
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