about us


BANAFSH is a music band from Tehran, Iran that arranges and performs the compositions of Payman Abdali (aka Paiman Abdali, Paymon Abdali, IO Music Project, NIRUGAH).

The music career officially started on October 27th 1987, when Payman (Paymon) performed his and the University’s first “Electronic Music Recital” in Music Room 157, college of Music of California State University of Sacramento.

After Payman’s return to Iran in 1991 he concentrated on scoring for Theater, TV and film. He released his second album “Angel of Thoughts” (XDOT25 Productions) in 1994 in San Francisco and was nominated for “Best Theater Score” in Fajr International Festival on 1995 in Tehran, Iran. After years of recording music and scoring for Theater, TV and Movies and working as an Audio Engineer for other artists, in 2013 the idea of a performing band was formed. At that time the concept album “A Pledge for Peace” was initiating as poems from Iranian poets (some dating back one thousand years) about peace, harmony, respectful coexistence, comradery and joy of humanity were collected and translated into English. They were then turned into lyrics and songs were written for them.

BANAFSH then evolved over the last five years with different members. The concept album “A Pledge for Peace” was recorded and mixed in Tehran by Payman Abdali and then mastered in Germany by @15Hz studios. It was consequently released in 2017, following an August 27th 2016 performance of six of the tracks in the University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran.

As far as the concept is concerned, the album is hailed as an important achievement by an Iranian artist/band as a true representation of the peaceful ideology of most of the Iranian people, independent and away from all political strata.

Musically, it represents a cross-genre, unique and refreshing “East-West” style of music that transcends through all political, cultural and social barriers.

The songs are in English and Persian and some instrumental.


1987 October 27th, CSUS, Sacramento, CA. USA
1995 September 15th, OKF (Austrian Cultural Center), Tehran, Iran
2003 July 19th, USTEK, Czech Republic
2016 August 27th, University of Foreign Affairs, Tehran, Iran
2017 September 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th, International Festival of Arts for Peace, Tehran, Iran
2018 March 15th, Azadi Concert Hall, Tehran, Iran


Angel of Thoughts (XDOT25 Productions, under the stage name “Paiman Abdali”) – 1994

Music Hall 151 (under the stage name “IO Music Project) – 2007

Fifth Element (BANAFSH) – 2015

Audible Visions (BANAFSH) – 2015

A Pledge for Peace (BANAFSH) – 2017
CD Universe
BeepTunes (for Iran)

A Pledge for Peace & Love (BANAFSH) – 2018 (ongoing recording from live performances)