Iranian album wins top U.S. music award

September 8, 2009

TEHRAN -- “From Stone To Diamond”, the latest album by the Iranian musician Hossein Behruzinia, recently won second prize in the Middle Eastern Album category at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards (JPF).

The nine-track album has been described by the L.A. Times as “spectacular musicianship.”
47-year-old Tar and oud virtuoso Behruzinia is one of the students of renowned Iranian maestro Mohammadreza Lotfi.
He has previously collaborated with Mohammadreza Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri, Alireza Eftekhari, Iraj Bastami and several other Iranian top vocalists.
He currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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The JPF was founded by U.S. entrepreneur Brian Austin Whitney in 1999.
“I want to connect with one motivated musician, writer from every country on planet Earth… I want to get to know you as a fellow human, and then I want to learn about what makes you and your country unique,” Whitney says in JPF website.
The winners of the event are chosen by industry professionals, artists and fans.
This year’s winners were announced in late August.
L.A.-based Iranian singer Andy won the JPF first prize in the Middle Eastern Album category for his “City of Angels” while Indonesia’s Debu received the third award for “All Together”.