San Fransisco International Art Festival PastSaturday, May 23, 2015 ,
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat (Iran)
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat reflect the evolution of Persian singing. University-educated and completely devoted to their artistic cause, they belong to a new generation of musicians. They continue a tradition that faces problems of identity in today’s Iran. Persian music has the capacity to constantly renew itself, a phenomenon unique to the East. As well as having a history of “faithful” transmission, it also has authenticity of emotion. Thanks to its mystical heritage, it is able to retain a feeling of nobility and depth that one could call oriental chivalrous, melancholic romanticism. This heritage is wonderfully portrayed by Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat. The two sisters take Persian poetry to new heights and to new spaces. Their voices soar and intertwine creating a new sonic landscape. Their songs describe the joys, sorrows, hopes, longings and loves of Iranian people. Without being visible in Iran, the sisters have permanent contact with a large appreciative audience around the world.
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