The Exile Orchestra is an open network of musicians and visual artists around Mr. Shirazy from all over the world. Based in Cologne/Germany we work on a huge range of audio-visual projects. The background of the artists in this orchestra couldn´t be more different:




As a child Armin already gained musical experiences through lessons by his father. 1997 he began his professional career as a bassist. 2004 Armin left the Iran to live in Germany, where he is participating in various projects on stage and in studios, both in Germany and foreign countries. 2006 he won the Creole NRW price with “Tapesh 2012”. He is a member of „The Exile Orchestra“ since the earliest days.


SISKO (dance performance):

SISKO sisters are the latest members of The Exile Orchestra! With a unique mix of contemporary and clubbing, with a shared passion for innovative movement and a changing set of selfmade costumes they are like humanoid aliens on a trip on planet earth.


Geraldine Rosteius and Marje Hiervonen have been workshing on and off stage with many international companies as contemporary and modern dancers and choreographers.


Simi Crowns

Simi Crowns (vocals):

Simi Crowns is a Nigerian born, Dublin-raised rapper/singer-songwriter and producer, currently based in London. With a vivid approach to storytelling which invites his audience to find their individual journey through music, Simi has enjoyed extensive radio coverage (BBC, 2fm, etc.) and has been featured on renowned publications (Pitchfork, Complex, Noisey and more).


He is also acclaimed for his unique and powerful stage presence and in recent years, has been on tour with artists such as Mos Def, Pusha T, Nelly and Young Fathers to mention a few.



AMIR NASR (guitars):

Amir has always been a musical cosmopolitan. He studies in Iran, Moscow and Arnhem (NL). Always equipped with the love for new music and sounds, he easily moves between every genre you can imagine.

So give him some funky beats and he delivers as well as some indian tunings on the next track or a pink floydish solo on a further one!


He plays right now some new sounds in the studio for our next album THE ONE.




BODEK JANKE (drums, percussion):

Bodek is one of the most wanted percussion players worldwide! He already played on countless recordings and projects, from jazz to worldmusic, from rock to electronic; there is literally no genre, where Bodek is not at home. Born in Poland, with roots in Kasachstan and Russia, he studied drums and composition in Cologne/Germany, before he went for a “Master of Arts” in New York and an intense tabla-study with Pandit Samir Chatterjee (Calcuta). Listen to Bodek on our recent released album OCEAN or enjoy his play on one of our upcoming shows!


Matthias Peters


Being a musician and a movie addict for many years, Matthias always tries to combine music and film troughout his diverse projects. He works as a cameraman, producing videos and taking pictures, aiming at expressing feelings troughout a lens, which can be as vibrant and beautiful as any instrument. So he is the hidden member of The Exile Orchestra filming us often at live concerts off- and on-stage!




The trained fotographer and camerawoman approached this topic already in her early childhood. Later she discovered the possibilities of digital image processing and developed her own style. Gilioux teamed up with Omid 10 years ago for first audiovisual projects and has been rocking the stage with Mr. Shirazy from the very first concerts as a VJane and visual-artist; also designing and photographing the booklets of our albums.


JOSUÉ AVALOS (guitars, vocals):

He is living in Cologne since 2001. By the age of 14 the guitar became his constant companion. He participated in the Bands “Antara” and “Tanguyú”. Influenced by Latin American folklore and la nueva trova he produced his first self-penned compositions. Later Josué had various opportunities to experiment with electronic music, to play with Roma and to participate in various ensembles in which Latin American music got mixed with other genres. Now he is working on his second solo album.



MARKUS GIESLER (keys, accordion):

Markus graduated in teaching organ at the musical academy of Cologne. He now takes part in divers projects with different genres and plays in the neo folk band “Die Schlagsaite” with whom he tours regularly through Germany. Since 2009 he is also a member of "The Exile Orchestra".


He is living in Cologne, Germany since 1996. By the end of the 90ies he founded the group “Los tres” together with DJ OroNegro and MC Mig and in 2002 the “Chupacabras”, where he is taking part as MC. He is the joker of „The Exile Orchestra“.


OMID SHIRAZY (vocals, electronic, trumpet, visuals):

As result of the Iran-Iraq War 1986 Omid immigrated to Germany. Already early in life the combination of acoustic instruments and electronic devices fascinated him. Omid studied Jazz and electronic composition at the HKA Arnhem/Netherlands and at the Folkwang University Essen. Since 2000 he dedicated himself to visual productions and their co-composition with musical means.
He had various productions and international live-performances as a singer and visual artist in e.g. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Mexico and Thailand. Together with “Tapesh 2012” he was the winner of Creole NRW 2006.
With the invention of his own audiovisual instrument “FREEAK” he accomplished a long pulsating vision: to bring improvisation, live-performance, electronic music and visuals together.




Pix Credit: Peter Czymanski, Gilioux Photography and Mind on Fire Festival