Iranian-born singer Mamak Khadem captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. She joins us to lend her phenomenal vocal talents to the opening concert of our 2018-19 Global Rhythms series. Mamak’s music is based on the classical Persian style while remaining open to cultural influences, forming a bridge connecting geography to lore. She weaves a canopy, both simple and rich, for a stunningly emotional and spiritual musical experience that inspires new listeners to embrace cultural diversity, building an awareness and appreciation of Persian arts and culture through a blending of old and new. Secure your seat now to experience powerful traditional Iranian melodies and songs re-imagined through Mamak’s passion for new influences, cultures, times, and places.
Mamak Khadem was born in Iran, at a time when tides were changing. She was part of the Children’s Choir for National Radio and Television of Iran, but it wasn’t until after the Iranian Revolution that her passion for singing waxed. Inspired by works of master musicians, she seized every opportunity to further her vocal art, regularly traveling back to Iran to study with some of the finest Persian vocalists and masters. She also benefited from the study of classical Indian singing tradition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in Northern California and from singing with the Los Angeles based Balkan choir Nevenka.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and The Triple Door