Golnar & Mahan
Multi-instrumental, multi-lingual and multi-cultural, Golnar & Mahan is the definition of a real cosmopolitan band.
Golnar Shahyar and Mahan Mirarab have been two inseparable musical partners since they first met in Vienna in 2011. Both influenced by the Iranian culture, they specialize in blending jazz with oriental folk elements, and odd meter polyrhythms. They have created a new way of story-telling in which the lyrics, mostly in Farsi, and the compositions go hand in hand.
Golnar Shahyar’s voice being “one of the most powerful sounds you can ever witness” combines chanting with techniques of scat singing, opera, pop and oriental Tahrir. Mahan Mirarab, a virtuous on the double neck guitars, mixes the microtonal oriental music with jazz and hypnotises with his groovy yet fine playing. With their compositions and improvisations Golnar & Mahan create such a powerful and unique sound that one could claim they re-define the paradigms of world music and jazz. To push the boundaries even further, they got together with the Austrian power-house and versatile percussionist, Amir Wahba.
Style: World, Jazz
Touring party: 3-4
Golnar Shahyar: Vocal/Guitar
Mahan Mirarbab: Guitar/Vocal
Amir Wahba: Percussion
by request in Quartet
Featuring: Martin Stegner (Viola)