Mitra Sumara, a New York City-based band that plays Farsi pop and funk, has a debut album titled Tahdig. The album is scheduled for release on June 8, 2018 on Persian Cardinal Recordings. Tahdig was produced by Salmak Khaledi.
The group is inspired by pre-revolutionary music of Iran in the 1960s and 70s. Mitra Sumara performs catchy popular songs by Iran’s cherished singers such as Googoosh, Soli, Leila Forouhar, and recreates southern Iranian Bandari melodies. The band includes musicians drawn from New York’s indie-rock, jazz, and avant-garde music scene and was founded by vocalist Yvette Saatchi Perez, who has some Iranian roots.
Mitra Sumara’s lineup includes Yvette Saatchi Perez on vocals; Peter Zummo on trombone; Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer; Julian Maile on guitar; Jim Duffy on keyboards; Nikhil Yerawadekar (Antibalas) on bass; Michael Evans on drums/congas; and Kaveh Haghtalab on drums/percussion.
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.