Maryam Mirbagheri (aka Maryama) is an Iranian-American composer/performer currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Born February 18th, 1992, and raised in the Middle East to an art-loving family, Maryam was surrounded by great music from early childhood. Growing up, she studied guitar with rock stars Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh. She holds two Associate Degrees in Jazz Voice and Music Composition from American River College, where she studied with one of her biggest inspirations, Dr. Joe Gilman. Mentored by maestros Houman Pourmehdi, Pirayeh Pourafar, and Ulrich Krieger, she is currently studying at California Institute of the Arts on a scholarship and working towards her BFA in Music Composition with a Film Score concentration. Maryama has performed in prestigious international music festivals such as Fajr International Music Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival (student) and has competed and placed in competitions such as Iranian International Youth Competition: Music Composition category (semi-finalist) and Music Association of California Community Colleges Composition Competition (2nd place). She has won a Downbeat Jazz Award with ARC Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble and has composed pieces for prestigious groups such as Vox Musica Vocal Ensemble. Maryam’s musical style is a fusion of jazz, Persian, and classical music, inspired by an endless number of artists. She is currently working on her first album with her newly formed “Maryama Band” as well as new instrumental music. As of 2013, Mirbagheri’s music has been playing internationally and on the radio.