The 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards were recently conducted to find the music that moved people around the world the most. Starting with the largest number of entries of any music awards in world history (over 500,000 songs and over 42,000 albums) thousands of volunteer judges worked 17 months to recognize the music that moved them most. Entries came from over 160 nations and were broken down into 93 genres based on musical style, subject matter and ethnic regions. After the initial 14 months of screening and filtering, the remaining entries were placed into final nominations to determine the winners in each category. In the final round over 10,000 judges participated in choosing the winners. These judges came from 3 distinct categories: Music Industry Professionals, Artist and Songwriter Peers and Music Fans. We tabulated the final winners and announced the top 4 albums and the top 6 songs in each genre live at our awards show in Nashville, TN on August 29th, 2009.
In the category of Middle Eastern music, among the final 10 nominees for Best Album was Hossein Behroozinia and his album "From Stone To Diamond." This category included both contemporary and traditional Middle Eastern music created by artists who originated from that region or who sang in Arabic or other regional dialects. When the final votes were tabulated, Hossein's album finished in second place overall. All the artists nominated alongside his work are well respected in their fields and we are proud to have recognized Hossein's work among the music that moved our judges the most this year in the world's largest music awards of any kind.
Congrats to Hossein and his entire team who worked on the project!
Brian Austin Whitney
Just Plain Folks
The L.A. Times describes Behroozinia's work as "spectacular musicianship."
Hossein Behroozinia was born on June 11, 1962 in Tehran, Iran with a heart and soul for music. At the early age of nine he was accepted into Tehran's Conservatory of Music, where the roots of his love for the Tar, under the supervision of Reza Vohdaney, and the Oud under the guidance of Mansour Nariman, germinated. Soon, eagerness and aptitude awarded him the chance to advance his cultivation by being introduced to the Persian radif (repertoire) of Mirza Abdullah by the famed Mohammad Reza Lotfi.
Behroozinia's blossoming talent became apparent immediately, so much so, that even as a young man, seventeen, he was asked to instruct at the prestigious Centre of Preservation and Propagation of Music, where he flourished. Opportunities and advancements promptly ensued and he humbly accepted the position of Director of Music Production, followed by Director of Music Education, which evolved into Chairman of the Board. Even though demands on his time were vast, Behroozinia never forgot the joy of learning and offered to teach the ancient lute at Tehran's Conservatory to enthusiastic apprentices. To this day, and still handcuffed by a demanding schedule, he opens his doors to the hopes of other young protégés.
His chronology not only embraces the educational aspect of the art for as well he has traveled intensely throughout Europe, Asia, and North America performing numerous sold out concerts before enthralled audience with various prominent music ensembles including the artistic Ensemble Aref and the brilliant Ensemble Mowlana. Since 1992, Behroozinia exclusively lends his talents, as one of its leading members, to the gifted Dastan Ensemble.
Fortune bestowed upon him the privilege to collaborate with many of the eminent voices of our legacy, the likes of, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Parisa, Sima Bina, Iraj Bastami and Ali-Reza Eftekhari.
Integrated amongst the aforementioned accomplishments are publications of two etudes for the Barbat and numerous recorded works encompassing: Barbat, Kouhestan, Yadestan, Vajd, Dastan Trio and scores of accompaniments on: Bamdad, Booy-e-Norouz, Ofogh-e-Mehr, Sarv-e-Simin, Sfar Be digar Sou, Saz-e-Nou Avaz-e-Nou, Hanaee, Shab Sokoot Kavir, Shourideh and Gol-e Behehsht.
Countless distinguished members of our cultural society regard Behroozinia as a leading figure in the preservation of Iran’s traditional music. Consequentially in 2003 the Ministry of Culture decorated him with its highest honor, the “First Order of Arts”.
Maestro Behroozinia, blessed with a beautiful loving wife and two adored talented teenagers, makes a home in stunning North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he remains dedicated to the perpetuation of Iran’s musical heritage.