Amir Beso was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and during the war was trapped in the besieged Sarajevo, where he gathered musicians, actors and dancers of all ethnicities for a war-time production of the musical "Hair". All performers and the audience risked their lives to attend the show. They were shot at by snipers and mortars on the way to the theatre, the electricity was often cut off, sometimes in the middle of the show, at which point it would continue with just an acoustic guitar and candlelight. The troupe performed for free almost daily for two years, until Amir was seriously injured by the mortar shrapnel to the head. In critical condition, he was air-lifted by the UN forces to Denmark, where he spent several months in a Copenhagen hospital.
Amir was granted "Artist with exceptional ability" status in the USA and he chose Seattle for his new home. He wrote, composed and performed in an autobiographical rock-musical "Sarajevo: Behind God's Back", which ran at Seattle's Group Theatre.
Amir released his first solo album "Fatamorgana" in 2005, and his second "Illumination" in 2010. He wrote all songs, played all instruments (guitar, bass, percussion, bouzouki, saz and tamburitza), as well as engineered, produced, mixed and mastered both albums. His last album was in the running for the Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category.