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Trace of an Old vineyard among Top of the wold by Songlines Magazine
24 Apr 2015
Album\\\"Traces of an old vineyard \\\" is among 10 \\\"top of the world \\\"Album by Songlines Magazine(April/May 2015 ) issue in London And here are some parts of great review by Neil van der Linden That old vineyard\\\\\\\'s born magnificent fruit. It is astonishing how three instrumentalists and a voice can conjure such a striking variety of atmosphere , oscillating between brooding suspense and rapturous ecstasy.The ease with which she bridges genres lifts the music to that rare category of fully convincing fusion:this album easily reaches the heights of oriental fusion scaled by the likes of Dhafer Youssef .while embracing modernity,Vahdat always relates back to Persian musical traditions. Mahsa Vahdat has masterfully proven how it\\\'s possible for Persian music to continue evolving
 
Independent Music Award
12 Jun 2013
Mahsa&Marjan Vahdat take top honors in the category of world traditional album with their album"Twinklings of Hope" in 12th annual International Independent Music awards in US.
For more information please visit:
http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/2013/12th-annual-independent-music-awards-winners-announced
http://www.kkv.no/English1/
 
Twinklings of Hope (Top of the World )
21 Jul 2012
Twinklings of Hope is among Songlines Magazine’s editor’s choice selection of the 10 best new releases (Top of the World). For more information and for reading Simon Broughton's review on the album you can visit:

http://www.songlines.co.uk/topoftheworld/top-of-the-world.php

 
A Deeper Tone of Longing
02 Jul 2012

Scent of Reunion was a huge success with many in Iran, the US, Europe and elsewhere since its release in 2009. We wanted to follow on the same path with a new album to celebrate the borderlessness of love, the fact that people who live in countries separated by barriers put up by people in power never will stop reaching out to each other, and that no difference in language religion or culture can ever exceed the strength and value of love.

Lyrics of A Deeper Tone of Longing again belong to Mohammad Ibrahim Jafari and Erik Hillestad and the same composers Mahsa Vahdat (using in part Iranian folk melodies), Sigvart Dagsland and Knut Reiersrud are involved. Knut Reiersrud and Jarle Bernhoft (guitars), Mathias Eick (trumpet, bass and vibes), Rune Arnesen (drums) and Pasha Hanjani (ney), accompany the singers, with an important addition, kamancheh player Shervin Mohajer.

A Deeper Tone of Longing was release in Europe at the end of June, and in America (Valley Entertainment) in August 2012. For further information visit the KKV page.

 



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The World Sufi Spirit Festival of Nagaur and Jodhpur
17 Feb 2012
The World Sufi Spirit Festival of Nagaur and Jodhpur, unique in India, will welcome the most beautiful of sacred traditions from the Orient, the East and Africa, while showing off the wealth of Rajasthan’s traditional heritage, a heritage at the crossroads of Indian, Afghan, Moghol, Arab and Persian civilisations, between Hinduism and Sufi Islam.

This heritage is beautifully highlighted by Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat. These two sisters who decided to sing together, bear, proudly and gracefully, Persian poetry towards new spaces, in a way that is totally free and open. The World Sufi Spirit Festival will host Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat on Friday 17th February in Ahichhatragarh Fort, Nagaur and Monday 20th February - Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. for more information visit the link below:

http://www.worldsufispiritfestival.org/Vahdatsisters.php

 
Asker Kulturhus
23 Sep 2011
Asker Kulturhus in Norway will play host to Mahsa Vahdat's next concert. Music from the singer's "Song from the Persian Garden" album will be featured in this concert. Composer and guitarist Knut Reiersrud as well as Mathias Eick on trumpet and piano will accompany Mahsa Vahdat.
 
Release of In the Mirror of Wine
03 Sep 2010

I Vine Speil (“In the Mirror of Wine) is a new album by the choir group Skruk & singer Mahsa Vahdat, released in Norway by Kirkelig Kulturverksted (www.kkv.no).

Conducted by Prots Hildre (http://www.pohildre.com/)
Composed and arranged by Tord Gustavsen (www.tordg.no)
Produced by Erik Hillestad (www.kkv.no)
Text: Hafez and Rumi

Skruk is a well-known choir from Norway (www.skruk.no). The CD was recorded in Jakob Church in Oslo and Volda Church in June and July this year by Alf Christian Hvidsteen. The record is a meeting of Persian traditional singing and Norwegian church music and jazz. You can order CD through KKV website on this page.

 
Working with Skruk
02 Jun 2010
Mahsa Vahdat is working on an album with the Norwegian choir ensemble Skruk. The album will be recorded in June and July in Oslo and Volda in Norway and the CD will be released in August 2010. The conductor of Skruk choir is Prots Hildre and the composer and arranger is Tord Gustavsen. Poems are mostly by Hafez and also two poems by Rumi. The Norwegian translation is by poet and producer Erik Hillestad. For more information go to the ensemble's {website}.
 
Freemuse Award for Freedom of Expression 2010
29 May 2010
Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat and Turkish-Kurdish singer and activist Ferhat Tunç are the 2010 Freemuse Award winners. Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well known to audiences in Europe, where their music -- unlike in their home countries -- can be performed without restrictions. The Award Committee stated: “Mahsa Vahdat continues to resist all pressures that the conservative sectors of Iranian society put on woman musicians. Despite such pressures Iran has a remarkably vibrant music scene that ridicules the clichés that are often written about the country, and Mahsa is a fabulous example of this. Last year, she recorded an album with Mighty Sam McClain, an artist from the ‘enemy nation’ — the US. Her courage and bold resistance in continuing to follow her artistic muse makes her an ideal laureate.” For more information you can visit: http://www.freemuse.org/sw37228.asp
 
Cooperation with Freemuse.org
09 May 2009
When I first started my cooperation with Freemuse.org, I realized how important it was professionally for musicians like me. I felt that I was not alone when it came to rampant threats of censorship. Mary Corp's suggestion, as such, for me to become one the ambassadors of Freemuse filled me with delight and appreciation. To me, Freemuse is a friend to all musicians. Other Freemuse ambassadors are Marcel Khalifeh, Salman Ahmad, Roger Lucy, Ferhat Tunc, Cloiter K, Stephan Smith.