Golnar Shahyar - Voice, Guitar, Piano
Mahan Mirarab - Guitar, Fretless Guitar, Oud
Amir Wahba - Percussion
* WOMEX 2020 Showcase Selection
** Global Toronto 2021 Showcase Selection
Multi-instrumental, multi-lingual and multi-cultural, Golnar & Mahan is the definition of a real cosmopolitan band.
Golnar Shahyar and Mahan Mirarab have been two inseparable musical partners since they first met in Vienna in 2011. Both, influenced by the Iranian culture, they specialise in blending jazz with oriental folk, polyrhythm grooves, Afro-Cuban and European classical music elements. They have created a new way of story-telling in which the lyrics, mostly in Farsi and English, and the compositions go hand in hand. They have been performing internationally with their different bands and produced three CDs under the names of “Choub” and “Sehrang”. Their latest CD “Derakht”, from Golnar & Mahan Trio, together with the Austrian power-house percussionist, Amir Wahba, is said to be “a true masterpiece” by the critics.
Golnar Shahyar s voice being »one of the most powerful sounds you can ever witness« combines tribal chanting with scat singing and Tahrir (a form of oriental yodelling). Mahan Mirarab with his double neck guitars, plays effortlessly between jazz and oriental scales and hypnotises with his groovy, fine and virtuous playing. Amir Wahba, with his unique percussion set, takes the groovy character of the trio to another dimension.
Together with their compositions and improvisations, these three virtues players, create such powerful groovy and lyrical sound that one could claim they re-define the paradigms of world music and jazz. “...Singing like a bird, Golnar tweets gracefully on top of the noble masters, Mahan and Amir. Immensely enchanting, Golnar & Mahan’ s concert is a real symposium of art and philosophy accompanied with inspiring musical harmony between the band members.” - Danas Newspaper.”