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- WOMEX 2017
- WOMEX 2016
Born and raised in Tehran at the time of Iran-Iraq war, Golnar Shahyar is a singer, multi instrumentalist and composer based in Vienna, Austria. She started her first musical training on the piano in Iran at the age of 11. At 16 she moved with her family to Canada and got her bachelor degree in Biology from York university in Toronto. Her passion for music and singing led her to Vienna in 2008 and a year after that, she started her studies in jazz singing and guitar at the university of music and performing arts Vienna. With her different bands, Choub, Sehrang, Gabbeh and lately Golnar & Mahan, Golnar is one of the pioneers of mixing Iranian music with jazz and improvised music. Her bands Sormeh and Choub were nominated as the New Austrian Sound of Music (NASOM). She got three times the nomination for Austrian World Music Awards with her different projects and her music with her trio Sormeh made it to the top ten in the world music charts in Europe. Since a few years she has been touring internationally with her different projects playing in many well known jazz and world music festivals and venues world wide.
So far, she has recorded three albums with her bands Sormeh, Choub and Sehrang and also has had the chance to play and record side by side with internationally renowned musicians such as Erkan Ogur, Alain Perez, Pavel Urkize, Hadar Noiberg, Luis Verra, Alegre Correa, Alex Simu, etc.