Porgy & Bess, Riemergasse 11, 1010 Wien
Her work as the lead singer of Choub, Gabbeh, and the Golnar & Mahan Trio is a prism of languages and styles drawing equally from Western Asian and North African traditions and from the contemporary music of Europe and the Americas.
There is no meaningful division between her music and the social themes it addresses; she came of age in Iran, where women have fought for decades to achieve equality and a public voice. Add to that the status of an outsider in Western Europe, representing a culture often viewed with mistrust and misunderstanding in culture and politics, and music-making in itself becomes a political act.
Her solo debut, “Tear Drop”, is the culmination of GolNar’s resilience, hard work, and vision over the years. It positions her not only as a master vocalist but also as a great composer and arranger. She creates a landscape of emotion and narrative, informed by tradition and yet completely her own.
Her band deserves mention in its own right: trumpeter Mario Rom, guitarist Mahan Mirarab, bassist Vinicius Ciccone Cajado, percussionist András Dés, and the Koehne Quartett are all prominent members of Vienna’s fertile jazz, classical, and improvisation scene. This album release concert is a rare opportunity to experience GolNar with the full ensemble.
In her own words: GolNar’s music bathes us in waves of love, hope, and grace. Her music is both comfort and call to action, offering us a chance to bear the burden, dream the light, and take a stance. (Philip Yaeger)