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Farnaz Ohadi

Farnaz has extensive background in music making and singing. Her training started at 5 playing the piano which she never abandoned to this day.

While growing up in her native land of Iran, she organized and sang in many school choirs, productions and even was heard every noon hour calling the worshipers to prayer, a role predominantly reserved for men unless it is performed in a female only environment.

Upon her move to Canada, her training in voice formalized with Operatic voice trainings which have intensified in the last 1.5 years under the guidance of Joseph Shore, Mehlinda Heartt and Frederik Robert.

She has also studied Persian classical/traditional and folk singing under the masterful guidance of Ostad Nezakaty and Tahere Falahati.

She is a multi-instrumentalist artist - and has strove to understand and play many families of instruments from woodwind (recorder, harmonica) to string (guitar, cello, piano and harp) to percussive instruments (tombak, drum set, darbuka, kalimba, djembe, zen tambour, tamboa).

She has also been training as a flamenco dancer since 1996. Her training intensified when she joined the Al Mozaico Flamenco Academy and started learning the delicate and complicated nuances of this amazing musical expression, under the guidance of Kassandra (La China) and Oscar Nieto.

She began singing flamenco in 2002 under the supportive guidance of Oscar Nieto and begun performing in various festivals, venues, cultural events and concerts in BC. She has since been taking hours of private Private Flamenco Cante lessons with multitudes of visiting artists from US and Spain, such as Vicente Amigos and Lucas Ortega to name a few.

Her love of music and performance art has brought her in contact with many world class musicians and artists in Canada and abroad. A collaborative project like Mashregh Ensemble that will draw on her many interests and skills seemed only the most natural next step in her evolution as an artist.

"The world needs more cross-cultural art makers - the more one shares and receives from her heart , the more the world will heal towards a legacy that is the harmonious multi-cultural utopia I envision for my children and fellow human beings." - Farnaz Ohadi

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