Rastak Music Group

An Iranian contemporary folk music group; reflecting the diversity of Iranian culture and its sonic features.

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"Rastak" means a newly born plant that grows at the bottom of the tree in Farsi. Sometimes it grows taller and stronger than the main tree itself. So, it can be interpreted as a plant with its roots in the ground, containing all the essential elements of life, when it is fully grown. We, as Rastak band, like the “Rastak” natural process, have borrowed the background of our music from the roots of history and culture. We have been using ethnic-based music with our specific arrangement to be able to connect with a greater range of audiences from all over the world for years.

Rastak is one of the most well-known Iranian contemporary folk music bands, formed as an experimental music group in 1997. The group seeks to collect, record, and interpret Iranian folk music for a global audience, incorporating language, culture, and history, merging traditional instruments and forms with contemporary rhythms. Since the beginning, Rastak has been trying to combine the well-known regional sounds with those that are less well-known to shorten the generational gap and create a geographical bridge in the music of Iran.

Rastak has taken part in many international music festivals and concerts held in Iran, England, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, United States, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Chile, Poland, Turkey, Georgia, Belgium, Oman, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh [Dhaka International Folk Fest 2017], Iraq, Erbil, United Arab Emirates, etc.


participating in

  • WOMEX 2023
  • WOMEX 2022


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