Mahsa Vahdat is one of Iran’s greatest voices. She searches her inspiration in the deep sources of Iranian culture and mix it with traditions from the West apart from also performing the hardcore Persian, classical music. She lives in Iran where female singing is banned, so she frequently travels around the world and has all of her career as a performer outside of her country.
Since her participation on the album “Lullabies from the Axis of Evil” (2004), she has done several recordings, all of them released by KKV from Norway, widely spread around in Europe, America and The Middle East, including the illegal market in her homeland. Some of the recordings she has done together with her sister Marjan (“Songs from a Persian Garden” 2007 and “I am Eve” 2008), one with Mighty Sam McClain from the US (“Scent of Reunion” 2009) and one with the Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and the choir SKRUK (“In the mirror of Wine” 2010).
Mahsa has given concerts in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Lebanon, Bahrain, India, USA.
She was given the Freemuse Award in 2010. She is an ambassador of Freemuse and took also part in the album “Listen to the banned” (2010).
By education she has a BA in music from the University of Art in Tehran.
At home in Tehran she works with preparing her programs and creating her songs, often with poetry by Hafez, Rumi and other classical Persian poets. In addition she gives voice lessons to students in her hometown.
For a Womex showcase we will bring her Norwegian band (guitar, bass, drums, bass and keyboards) under the leadership of Knut Reiersrud, and we will add an appearance of her sister Marjan who studies music in Germany and the famous ney player Pasha Hanjani from Tehran.