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.