Golnar Shahyar - Voice, Guitar, Percussion
"When Golnar Sings, the sun rises." - Mira Lu Kovacs
Born and raised in Iran at the time of Iran-Iraq war, Golnar Shahyar is an Iranian/Canadian singer, multi instrumentalist, composer and lyricist based in Vienna, Austria. Already known as the lead singer of her bands Sormeh, Choub, Seharng, Gabbeh and Golnar & Mahan, she has been performing internationally for the past few years and has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Erkan Ogur, Alain Perez and Hadar Noiberg to name a few. She has been nominated three times for the Austrian World Music Awards and made it with her trio Sormeh to number 12 spot in the world music charts in 2014. Her musical passion and repertoire covers a whole rang from jazz and world music, oriental and african folklore to contemporary and early music, a diversity which has become her unique sound. Her solo project, GOLNAR, is her first and most recent project in which she composes and performs on the guitar and piano. Her lyrics, mostly in english, are mainly about human essence, emotions and complexities as well as social issues. GOLNAR is a personal journey which brings Shahyar s experiences into life through her unique musical vocabulary and strong and direct lyrics.