Fared Shafinury is an Iranian-American musician living in Austin, Texas. Born on the Gulf of Mexico, Shafinury absorbed the feel and rhythms of jazz, blues, indie rock, western classical and north Hindustani music. However, it is Persian classical music that has always held a sacred place in his heart.
Although primarily self-taught in the setar, santur, and the vocal repertoire known as the radiff, Shafinury has had the privilege of studying under some of Iran’s most prominent Masters including: Ostad Mozaffari, Ostad Zolghadr, Ostad Shaari, Ostad Soukuti and Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi.
In 2008, Shafinury recorded his forth-coming début full-length album, Behind the Seas, at Avaye Darya studios in Tehran. Now, back in the states, Fared has brought together friends and talent from Austin’s vibrant music scene – including Jason Mackenzie of Atash on Tabla, Drummer Andy Beaudoin, Chris Ledesma on Bass and Guitar, Bryan Emmon Hall on Violin, and Joey Santori on Cello. Playing under the name Tehranosaurus, the band brings to life Shafinury’s modern vision of Persian classical music.