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Tehran's 127 band on U.S. tour



Tehran band 127 is on a U.S. tour performing 24 concerts from March 4 to April 2, 2008.



Founded in 2001 by a group of young Tehran artists and art students, 127 has found itself at the center of progressive cultural change in Iran. The band's music melds Iranian melodies and jazz with an alternative sound. The band's lyrics tell of the frustrations and joys of life, somehow managing to speak of their cultural time and place, while simultaneous reflecting universal frustrations of isolation, frustration, and hope. 127 is a 6 piece band -guitar, piano, trombone, bass and drums.


the group has become a lightning-rod for international media attention. Through humorous articles and broadcasts in the western media, the group's website receives thousands of hits a month from a growing international listeners. 127 has also composed the original sound-track of the French/German Television's Arte production "Emamzade Internet"- a documentary directed by Reza Haeri- with the song "Digital Divide".


A short documentary named "127,an Iranian band" (by Reza Haeri) aired by UK channel 4 of June, 2005 gained an interesting response from British audiences. 127 was also the feature of a Swedish documentary aired in January of 2005. In addition to these television appearances, their music has reached radio around the world, and has been covered by major print media from Germany to the UK and US.


The band has been invited to perform at 2005 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas but somehow they had to miss that opportunity! 127 recently has performed couple of gigs in Italy amongst Arezzo Wave Festival on July 15th 2005 at the main stage and gained a notable attention among audiences and press. On October 2005, performing in New York, Washington and Cambridge, 127 was the first Iranian rock band touring the United States. Also, on March 16th 2006 127 performed at 2006 SXSW in Austin TX at the Caribbean Lights as a part of All Music is World Music showcase.


127 has not released any records yet because of the country's situations. The band is now seeking for the permission to release it's first record.



Band Members Sohrab Mohebbi, Alireza Pourasad, Salmak Khaledi, Sardar Sarmast, Shervin Shahamipour, Yahya Alkhansa
Influences dylan, davis, parker, radiohead, alizadeh, nazeri, chet, carver, iggy, whatever...
Sounds Like sad o bist o haft, no smoking(not these), cake, tom waits...
Type of Label None





127 U.S. Tour Dates 

Note: Due to delay in getting visa, the band didn't make it to their first leg of their tour. They started their performances from March 15.


Mar 6 2008 10:00P
Brasil Houston, Texas
Mar 7 2008 11:00P
Dean's Credit Clothing Houston, Texas
Mar 8 2008 10:00P
Super Happy Fun Land Houston, Texas
Mar 9 2008 10:00P
TBD San Antonio, Texas
Mar 11 2008 8:00P
Friend's Bar Austin, Texas
Mar 12 2008 1:00P
Peacock Lounge Austin, Texas
Mar 13 2008 1:00P
United States Art Authority Austin, Texas
Mar 13 2008 9:00P
Habana Annex Austin, Texas
Mar 14 2008 1:00P
TBD Austin, Texas
Mar 15 2008 1:00P
The Rhisome Collective Austin, Texas
Mar 16 2008 1:00P
DMI Headquarters Austin, Texas
Mar 16 2008 1:00P
Friends of Sound Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2008 10:00P
TBD Denton, Texas
Mar 19 2008 10:00P
TBD Denton, Texas
Mar 20 2008 10:00P
TBD Forth Worth, Texas
Mar 21 2008 10:00A
TBD Dallas, Texas
Mar 22 2008 10:00P
Club Dada Dallas, Texas
Mar 23 2008 10:00P
TBD Dallas, Texas
Mar 27 2008 8:00P
vault350 Long Beach, California
Mar 28 2008 8:00P
Fat City San Francisco, California
Mar 30 2008 8:00P
Blake's Berkely, California
Mar 31 2008 8:00P
Elbo Room San Francisco, California
Apr 2 2008 8:00P
The Fun House Seattle, Washington official web site 127@myspace 127 @ you tube  phisteria records

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