Persian vocalist Mamak Khadem will be performing with special guests Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Shahrokh Moshkinghalam and Fereidoun Farahandouz on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 pm at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles (California). Directed by: Hamid Saeidi.
Born in Iran, Mamak Khadem was part of the Children’s Choir for National Radio and Television, and emigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1976. After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, her passion for singing and learning traditional Persian vocal styles grew.
She was inspired by works of master musicians in the 1980s and regularly traveled back to Iran to study with prominent vocalists and musicians. She also studied classical Indian singing at Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in northern California and Eastern European singing with the Los Angeles-based women?s choir Nevenka.
In 1992, Mamak joined world music group Axiom of Choice, and over the next ten years created three albums with the group. After Axiom of Choice, Khadem embarked on a solo career and in 2007 released a solo recording titled Jostojoo (Forever Seeking). Inspired by her travels throughout the Middle East, Khadem adapted Persian poetry to rearranged traditional melodies from various regions of Iran, Baluchistan, Armenia, Turkey, Greece and Kurdistan.
- In North America: Jostojoo, Niya Yesh, Unfolding, Beyond Denial
- In Europe: Jostojoo, Niya Yesh, Unfolding, Beyond Denial
Saturday, May 14 • 8:00pm
Wilshire Ebell Theatre
4401 W 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 9005
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.