Saturday, July 30, 2016

We Need Some: Mamak Khadem and "Varan"

Today's random tune is performed by Iranian vocalist Mamak Khadem. Mamak Khadem has been called "one of the wonders of world trance music" by the Los Angeles Times, and works from a base of Persian classical music and poetry to weave a sound steeped in ancient tradition but also completely new. While she continues to use Persian classical music and poetry as her foundation, she has widened the scope of her music to include rhythmic and melodic strains from other countries. Mehdi Bagheri is an Iranian kamancheh player and composer. You can find Varan (Rain) on Khadem's 2007 album Jostojoo (Forever Seeking). This video is a live performance from Texas in 2013.