Mon Jan. 22, 2024

GolNar 'Tear Drop' (IR/A/BRA/HU/AUS)

Golnar Shahyar: vocals, piano, guitar
Mario Rom: trumpet
Mahan Mirarab: guitar
Vinicius Ciccone Cajado: bass
Andras Des: percussion
Joanna Lewis: violin
Anne Harvey-Nagl: violin
Lena Fankhauser: viola
Asja Valcic: cello

Video/Vinyl Release Concert

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GolNar - "Tear Drop" Video/Vinyl Release Concert

Nominated for the German Jazz Prize for the best debut album of the year (International), Golnar Shahyar (GolNar) is celebrating her debut album "Tear Drop" once again at Porgy & Bess, this time in conjunction with the release of her music video and the vinyl records. Describing GolNar is like trying to square the circle: born in Tehran in 1985, she initially studied biology at the University of Toronto. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, however, Shahyar turned to music full-time. In 2008, the Iranian-Canadian artist moved to Vienna and immersed herself in the local musical life. As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, singer, and also equipped with an equally strong voice on socio-political issues, she found a permanent place here and collaborated with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, among others.

Shahyar’s music, an extraordinary blending of languages and styles, draws equally on the traditions of South/West Asia and North Africa, and the contemporary music of Europe and the Americas; her music-making is a political act in and of itself. Golnar’s voice is an exquisitely honed instrument, evocative and astonishingly flexible. She has the improvisor’s gift of balancing the familiar and the unexpected; her fine control of pitch, timbre, accent, and breath allows her to use them each as individual elements – or to unite them in the service of a lyric.

Here is what the German Jazzpreis Jury has to say about her debut album: "The album 'Tear Drop' by Golnar Shahyar was nominated for the German Jazz Prize by the expert jury for two decisive reasons. On the one hand, it is the outstanding vocal qualities that the Iranian/Canadian vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Golnar Shahyar impressively brings to the fore. On the other hand, the album meets all the requirements of a music production of the highest quality. When a debut album is already so expressive, individual, and diverse, it deserves the chance to be awarded the German Jazz Prize as one of three internationally nominated debut albums."

On this evening, GolNar will be joining forces with some of the most prominent musicians from the jazz, classical, and improvised scenes to celebrate her album once again and sing for Women, Life, Freedom.