INFOBOXGenre(s): World Music
From: Vienna, Austria
Golnar & Mahan’s debut album “Derakht” (Lotus Records) is a musical experience that gently and beautifully transports you to another distant dimension. One in which Golnar & Mahan create world music of dignified beauty, one that captivates from the very first second.
Traditional doesn’t always have to sound old-fashioned or dusty. Golnar & Mahan proof that it can also be different. They dress the supposedly old in exciting modern garb and fill it with new life. In the music of Golnar Shahyar (vocals, guitar), Mahan Mirarab (fretless guitar, oud) and Amir Wahba (percussion), the traditional sounds of their homeland, Iran, are combined with western contemporary music, forming a universal language that draws its vocabulary from the music of the Middle East, jazz, folklore singer-songwriting and African rhythms. It is a music that develops an unblievably warm and pulsing vibe of its own.
“When Golnar Shahyar sings, you can easily forget everything else around. The trio is an enrichment to the Austrian music scene.” – Helmut Jasper (Ö1)
Golnar & Mahan are:
- Golnar Shahyar – Voice, Guitar, Piano, Percussion
- Mahan Mirarab – Guitar, Fretless Guitar, Oud
- Amir Wahba – Percussion