Shanbehzadeh Trio, Trance & Dance of Bushehr, Iran

shanbehzadeh trio picWorld Music Institute presents
Trance & Dance of Bushehr, Iran

Shanbehzadeh Trio

Saturday, October 16, 2010  8:00 pm

Peter Norton Symphony Space
Broadway at 95 St.

The Shanbehzadeh Trio, with its driving rhythms, trance-inducing songs, and striking hip-swinging dances offers a rare opportunity to experience the fascinating music and dance of the southern Iranian province of Bushehr.. A cultural crossroads for centuries, Bushehr has been influenced by Sufi, Persian, Arab, African and Indian traditions. The ensemble is led by multi-instrumentalist and dancer Saeid Shanbehzadeh, who traces his ancestry to Zanzibar in East Africa, and includes his son Naghib Shanbehzadeh and Habib Mefhta-Busheri.  Their alluring instruments include neyanban (double-reed bagpipe), neydjofti (double flute), and boogh (goat’s horn).  Shanbehzadeh was a highlight at globalFEST in 2009.

“a mesmerizing set of what may be called the hidden Afro-Persian tradition…transfixing” – NPR

Tickets:         $32;  $27 WMI Friends

Tickets& Info: or  212-545-7536

An invitation to participate in “The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York”, by Amir Parsa


“An invitation to TAKE PART in Amir Parsa’s unfolding Kanto I.2, ‘The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York’ on

You can contribute to this scriptage and cumulation starting now and on June 12 from 9 to 3 east. with live exchanges while Amir and friends meander though Paris streets with stops at specific sites, reading and writing multiple parallel narratives.

a/help begin, write and end parallel fragments of kantô I.2;
b/comment or critique;
e/whatever else you fancy, and/or
f/any possible hybrids (that should cover everything!) to get a new type of text.

For more info, go to and ‘The American in Paris is an Iranian in New York’.”

Hermaphrodite, A Performance Art Piece by Désirée Navab and Chervine Dalaeli

hermaphroditeposterCollaboration of Aphrodite Désirée Navab and Chervine Dalaeli
Saturday, June 12th, 7-9 pm
ZORASPACE 315 4th Avenue b/w 3rd & 2nd St in Park Slope, Brooklyn

In this collaboration, Aphrodite Désirée Navab and Chervine Dalaeli, artists who are from Iran and based in NYC, explore the gender stereotypes and pressures of Iranian patriarchal culture. Chervine photographs Aphrodite as she transforms herself into a Hermaphrodite, wearing a traditional shalwar chemise, mustache and turban and follows her as she interacts with the public for several weeks. For the event at Zoraspace, Hermaphrodite will perform the exclusively male Persian ritualized exercise tradition called Zurkhaneh, “house of strength”.

Hermaphrodite 2010 critiques gender expectations at the same time that it is a metaphor for the condition of exile, neither here nor there, but both, neither Iranian nor American, but both. To be ‘unhomed’, as cultural studies theorist Homi Bhabha puts it, does not mean that Hermaphrodite is ‘homeless’. Nor does it mean that s/he can be accommodated easily. By occupying two places at once, Hermaphrodite is a hybrid who becomes difficult to place. It is within this ‘third space’ of working, contesting and reconstructing that hermaphrodite creates an opening for other positions to emerge. Hermaphrodite’s performances and the resulting photographs and videos from these interventions allow for a space of ‘unhomeliness’–a space of trans-national and cross-cultural initiations.

LPR & WMI present NIYAZ w/ HAALE — FRIDAY Feb 26, 7pm


NIYAZ w/ HAALE and presented by LPR and World Music Institute

Sufi Mysticism and Trance Electronica
Fri, Feb 26, 2010

Le Poisson Rouge / 158 Bleecker St New York, NY 10012

Promotional support by Persian Arts Festival

By any measure, Niyaz has come very far, very fast. The trio’s 2005 debut featured a convincing blend of Sufi mysticism and trance electronica, and quickly established them as a standout ensemble in a very crowded world music field. A worldwide tour followed. Now, Niyaz returns with Nine Heavens, which doesn’t just cross cultural and stylistic boundaries, but the centuries as well. Drawing on medieval Persian poetry and 300-year old Persian folk songs, Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition.

“She Speaks Greek Farsi” Opening Reception – by Aphrodite Desiree Navab


Thursday, February 4, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery: 547 W 27th St., Suite 301, NYC

Soho20 Chelsea is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Aphrodite Désirée Navab (b. 1971, Iran). She Speaks Greek Farsi opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 6-8 pm and will be on view until February 27th.

In this photographic performance series, Navab’s abdomen serves as the site of performing language. An expression in Greek, to speak any language in a “Farsi way”, is a comment on how fluent and well someone speaks that language. So to speak “Greek Farsi” or “English Farsi” is to speak Greek or English well.

From the concrete world of her embodied experience, language is abstracted. At once personal and universal, private and public, Navab writes words on her skin from the flesh of her own tri-cultural heritage. Words whose meanings, however, hold great potency for anyone who has had to relocate and emigrate: family, place, language, love, friend, birth, land, home, person, history, life, memory, body, self, and world. These fifteen concepts were chosen as the most re-defined issues in her life’s transitions and translations from Iran, to Greece, to the United States of America. Navab writes and erases on her belly, building a memory of marks, and ritually re-enacting the erasure and the re-membering brought on by forced migration.

From Iran: Oudist Negar Booban in “Shab e Yalda”

NEGARAlwan for the Arts, in conjunction with Womens Voices: A Festival Across Genres and Traditions, presents:

NEGAR BOOBAN – Oud & Vocals in “Shab e Yalda” – The Birth-Night of the Sun

Saturday, December 19th, 9 – 11 pm

Alwan is privileged to host one of Iran’s finest musicians, oudist Negar Booban, in her U.S. debut and the final concert of “Women’s Visions: A Festival Across Genres and Traditions.” Partly accompanied by her own voice, Negar will give a solo instrumental oud performance in an expressive conceptualization of “the birth of the Sun”, based on the mythical images in Persian beliefs about “Yalda” night.

Tickets: $20, available at the door and online here: (An online fee applies, use printout as your ticket.)

$15.00 student rush tickets available (with I.D.) at the door only.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Event info:

“Call Me Anar”, a Performance Art Piece by Aphrodite Desiree Navab


Thursday, November 19, 7pm

Location: SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea / Gallery Call Me

Aphrodite Desiree Navab

Call Me Anar (Pomegranate)

Anar (Pomegranate), a performance by Aphrodite Désirée Navab with one pomegranate, one carpet, one tale, and a chorus of three pale males.

The Tale: “Call me Anar,” she said. “Someone there was. Someone there wasn’t.” It took her twenty years to swallow, fester, brood, to spit. These. Words. Out. One by one, the chewed seeds of a pomegranate fell. “This was my man the parasite. And this was my one who lied. And this one knewnot what he wanted. And this one searched for himself in others…But I loved, how I loved all of them.”

Aphrodite Désirée Navab (b. Iran, 1971) is an Iranian Greek American artist and writer who resides in New York City. Her art has been featured in over eighty exhibitions around the world and is includedin a number of permanent collections. She will have a solo show in Athens, Greece in September and is currently in a retrospective of the Lowe Art Museum’s photography collection in Miami.