Steve Vafai Janbahan (born in Los Feliz, California ) is a guitarist, bassist, drummer and
composer from the San Fernando Valley in California. He has recorded 4 albums independently which are available on Fourhead Records, a record label he founded in 2010. While mostly known for his guitar playing and original compositions, Janbahan is equally at home in all styles of music. He has worked with Jaman Laws, Ronnie Laws, Guru, Randal Fisher, Meleo Robinson, Fusion Drummers Roger Moreau and Joey Heredia to name a few.
== Select Discography ==
As a Leader
* 2004: Apartment Music
His first solo album, Janbahan recorded all of the music himself in various apartment buildings with home studios. The music on this album contains a 30 minute suite with each piece of the suite representing a different home in an apartment building. The music experiments with tape editing, MIDI, overdubs, live mixing techniques, and Steve's working band named after his last name(Brooke Emilio, Eurvey Diaz, James Gabel, and Jaman Laws). Album art by William “Animal Vafai.
* 2007: No Band's Land!
Janbahan recorded his sophomore album featuring William "Animal" Vafai, Anthony Montano, Brooke Emilio, Roger Moreau, and Joey Heredia. Album Cover done by artist Roly Poly. The concept of the album was developed by Janbahan and Roly Poly.
* 2008: Fried Chicken
Almost entirely consisting of overdubs and musical support by Jaman Laws and Roger Mureau this project features Janbahan’s skills on multiple instruments.
* 2009: Home Tone
His latest recording, is the first recording to feature the collaboration of Stave Janbahan and Randal Fisher. The music is meant to be documentation of Janbahan’s growth as a composer. There is also a special guest guitarist named Melvin ‘Meleo’ Robinson on the album.
As a Sideman
2009: Jaman Laws – Imagery
In 2010, Janbahan, and saxophonist Randal Fisher formed Free Association featuring all original music composed by the leaders of the band. Featured in the band are bassist Jamal Arjuna and drummer Roger Moreau.
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