Dariush’s art carries forth an essence from an ancient land. His music and his tremendous stylistic lyricism have touched the souls of people all over the world for four decades. As a gifted performer, his evocative voice defines the great divide between raw power, deep compassion, and the genuine sentiments. His lyrics explore the intimate connection between pain and joy in the lives of ordinary hardworking people. His rich timbre, empowered by his ability to create an emotional connection with his admirers, has been the voice of a nation. Throughout his career as a performer, as well as a humanitarian, his message echoes a mélange of the dark expression of the world’s injustices, mingled with a love for life, liberty and humanity. His music is like poetry, so deeply felt that it has reached into our hearts and has earned him legions of devoted fans which span three generations.
Dariush was born in Teheran on February 4, 1951, and spent his early years in Karaj and Kurdistan. His talent was first recognized at an early age of nine, when he appeared on stage at his school. Hassan Khayatbashi introduced him to the public at the age of twenty, through the Iranian television, whereby his contemporary and unique style opened a new era in the Iranian music. Dariush has never compromised his deeply held beliefs, for which he was even imprisoned and persecuted before the revolution in Iran. Whether he sings poems of Shamloo, Rumi, Hafez and Naderpour, or lyrics of Janati attaie, Ghanbari, Sarfaraz, Negahban and Bayat, the one theme that runs through all his music is that of love, peace, freedom and justice. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Ahmad Pejman, Mohammad Shams, Farid Zoland, the late Varoujan, and many other innovative and avant guarde lyricists, musicians, and composers. His body of work consists of over 200 songs in 26 albums. With remarkable sensitivity, undeniable logic, and an ability to interpret all forms of music with consummate ease, he has created an astonishing repertoire, and a glorious body of work. He has dazzled audiences with great virtuosity worldwide through sold out performances in concert halls around the globe, notably: Wembley (London), Carnegie Hall (New York,) Kennedy center (Washington DC), Koncertoes (Stockholm), Greek theater (Los Angeles), Gibson “Universal” Amphitheater (Los Angeles), and Palais de Congres (Paris).
Dariush has earned the respect and love of his admirers not only because of his talent as a performer, but also as an accomplished composer. Furthermore, his performances in the Iranian Cinema, more specifically in two films: “Yaran" and “Faryad zir ab” have earned great reviews. His incredible amount of sheer hard work, his compassion, as well his passion in bringing education, awareness and support to all those suffering from a myriad of social maladies, especially in the world of addiction, has been instrumental in making an everlasting impact in the lives of people worldwide. Through the establishment of the Iran Recovery Center, and Ayeneh Foundation, by creating such educational websites as Behboudi.com, the first Farsi website addressing substance abuse, Ayeneh.org, the first and only website addressing all social maladies widespread all around the world, Behboudichat.com, a chat room for recovering substance abusers and their family and friends, and his own web log, Dariusheghbali.com; through educational seminars and conferences around the world, and as a member of Amnesty International, Dariush has raised his voice to make a difference. His goal to create a nurturing environment conducive to allowing people to develop healthy, drug free lives, has encouraged and enabled all those suffering, and their family and loved ones, to acquire and seek the skills to achieve sobriety and successfully maintain it.
His tireless efforts to bring social awareness regarding human rights issues, and to create a bridge between those in need and those who can lend a helping hand, have been the mainstay of his objectives as a humanitarian. As such, his contributions have been recognized by the Iranian Student Group at UCLA as well as the Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, which selected him to receive the Ron Simmons & Rev, Ronald L. Wright Award, for his outstanding contribution to support group participation.