Listen with your Heart's ear.
Our journey begins with the title song “Bird Dance” when the bird of far away land is called to sing but is unable due to social constraints. Regardless, she still needs to sing. This song is dedicated to all Iranian women who are restricted from publicly raising their voice in song.
We continue into “Sharab” where art becomes the vehicle to discover one’s truth, to find joy in the moment, in the pleasure of song and letting go of the regrets of yesterday and anxieties of tomorrow. Once that truth has been found it is worth treasuring.
In “Hesar” the singer is plagued by anxiety and depression from the start of her journey. She is trapped by the limitations of a new language, and culture and confused about her new identity. Hesar speaks to the turmoil that all new immigrants experience. The words are trapped inside and the wall surrounding the artist feels insurmountable and suffocating.
In “Stars” the artist is slowly moved outside of herself, realizing that her ego and her earthly troubles and constraints are insignificant in comparison to the universe and divine love. She starts to look beyond herself for answers and for a guide.
In “Hajj” the artists embarks on the journey of self discovery – The first part (Solea) is about the search and the journey to find purpose of self, of obsessive love and the quest for ones truth. The second part (Solea por Bulerias) is about finding that purpose and slowly coming to terms with its consequences and beginning to embrace them. Then the final segment (Bulerias) is understanding that once that truth is found that nothing can break or destroy, in fact, it is no longer breakable. Once the truth is discovered and finds its home in one’s heart it no longer is vulnerable.
In “Vatan”, once the artist has found her footing and the path that feels right, she can look back on her homeland as what has made her who she is. Now that she has been blessed with the gift of music and her art she now acknowledges the responsibility. She hopes to give voice to other Iranian female singers, by singing about the journey she took and others can take too.
In “Persian Dance”, the final leg of the journey, the artist calls to the dancer to get up, let down their hair and knock on every door; to call on others to join in the joyful dance of life. The artist offers her instrument; her voice , as the vehicle that may carry the dancer in her journey.