Adrienne Shamszad | Leili Lullaby (When I Was a Bird)

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Leili Lullaby (When I Was a Bird)

by Adrienne Shamszad

Adrienne Shamszad's Persian Soul and American Roots come together in this unique, bi-lingual lullaby/serenade with a groovy beat, sultry violin solos and sweet, soaring vocals.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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Vocals, Guitar: Adrienne Shamszad
Percussion: Faisal Zedan
Violin: Graham Patzner
Upright Bass: Schuyler Karr
Engineering, Mixing, Mastering: RamDass Khalsa

Adrienne Shamszad is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of folk, soul, blues and Eastern influenced improvisational vocals. Her lyrics are poetic, intimate, genuine and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Her strong and soulful voice, skillful and complex guitar work and bold performance style have made her a popular California performer for well over a decade.

Adrienne is an Oakland, California native of Persian heritage who has traveled extensively, studying and bringing her music throughout Asia, India and the Middle East. Her mission is clear: to weave together the threads of her study and creativity into an original musical fabric that moves and inspires her audiences. Her impressive musical range extends from the sacred to the profane, the mystical to the earthy, the lofty to the down-low, and she is equally at home with acoustic or electric, improvisation, singing gospel, Indian mantras, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and Persian classics.

Since beginning formal training in Persian music in 2016, Adrienne's music has expanded to a genre of it's own. She sings the blues, lullabies, love songs, revolutionary anthems and prayerful power ballads in English and in Farsi. She mixes her own lyrics with those of the essential Persian poets such as Hafez, Rumi and Saadi and brings the messages of her ancestors into the present moment. In 2018, Adrienne won the Living Cultures grant through the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) to deepen her study of Persian Classical singing with master teacher and vocalist Mahsa Vahdat. Through working with Mahsa, an internationally celebrated artist and mentor, Adrienne has developed a well-rounded vocal repertoire of original and traditional pieces.

"This music is intended to open your heart to all that might be hidden and ready to be found. As you embark on your many journeys through this life, I hope you know that you are not alone. There is no darkness within you that makes you separate from all of creation. We are one. I pray this music can act as a balm to the cuts and burns that have afflicted your spirit; and set you free."



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