Shahriyar Jamshidi, Kamanche player, composer, vocalist and founder of the Dilan Ensemble. Originally from Iranian Kurdistan. He has devoted his artistic career to the preservation and transmission of the Kurdish musical heritage. Shahriyar holds a Bachelor of Music from the Tehran University of Art. Over 24 years of his career, he has been attempting to recreate the classical Kurdish music in an understandable way to younger generations. Since settling in Canada in 2012, he has constantly sought new musical languages having performances at Toronto’s Tirgan Festival twice, International Society for Improvised Music ISIM conference in Switzerland and Canada, High-Fest in Armenia, Festival du Monde Arabe in Montreal and Ontario Contact. Shahriyar has released, three albums including Alvanati, Call of the Mountains and A Yellow Flower.