Musician & Composer
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After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities, Jamshied Sharifi went on to further his musical education at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, he studied Jazz Piano, Composition, and Film Scoring, and also studied with noted trumpeter and Charlie Parker sideman Herb Pomeroy.
Pomeroy asked Sharifi to lead the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, a post Pomeroy had held for twenty-two years. During this time, Sharifi also taught in the Music Synthesis and Ensemble Departments at Berklee.
In 1992, he left his teaching positions in Boston and moved to New York City in search of new musical endeavors and opportunities. Sharifi began to focus his attention on film soundtracks and composed the soundtracks for many major studio and independent films including Muppets From Space, Down To Earth, Harriet the Spy, and Clockstoppers, and contributed to the scores of The Thomas Crown Affair and The Rugrats Movie.
In addition to creating his own albums and scoring films, Sharifi has produced and arranged albums for many artists, including Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo, and Persian vocalist Mamak Khadem. He has also recorded four albums with world fusion band Mo Boma. His first solo album, A Prayer for the Soul of Layla, received much critical acclaim including Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 1st Annual New Age Voice Music Awards. His current release One continues to explore his inimitable approach to music. “For both One and A Prayer for the Soul of Layla, the inspiration has been to make music true to my heart and interests” says Sharifi. “I have had the opportunity to work on a number of different musical projects, very often helping another artist to realize his or her vision. These records reflect my ongoing love for and exploration of music outside of what we think of as Western music.”