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Bird Dance

by Farnaz Ohadi & Mashregh Ensemble

A collection of Persian/Flamenco fusion songs with spiritual, meticulously selected lyrics of Persian poetry. A debut album in an arguably brand new genre, taking the listener on the artist's journey of self-discovery from her childhood in Iran to Canada.
Genre: World: Flamenco
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bird Dance
Farnaz Ohadi
5:27 $1.25
2. Sharab (Wine)
Farnaz Ohadi
6:14 $1.25
3. Hesar (Gate)
Farnaz Ohadi
4:38 $1.25
4. Stars
Farnaz Ohadi
5:28 $1.25
5. Santour Solo
Sadaf Amini
3:08 $1.25
6. Hajj (Pilgrimage)
Farnaz Ohadi
6:35 $1.25
7. Vatan (Homeland)
Farnaz Ohadi
5:52 $1.25
8. Persian Dance
Farnaz Ohadi
6:10 $1.25
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Digital booklet: https://issuu.com/farnazohadi/docs/bird_dance_-_the_digital_booklet

“Bird Dance”
A Persian-Flamenco Debut Album recorded entirely in 432 Htz.
At 42, Vancouver based Persian Flamenco singer Farnaz Ohadi is releasing her debut album - a culmination of her turbulent life experience from Iran to North America and a riveting message of resilience and empowerment for women.

A central, respected figure in the Vancouver flamenco scene she now translates her life story through a blend of Flamenco rhythm and musicality, and Persian poetry. Her distinctive voice has been described as a blend between the tones of the late Cesaria Evora and melodic power play of La Paquera de Jerez. In collaboration with world renowned flamenco guitarist Liron Man (Pr. lee-RON mun) as her Musical Director/Composer, the two of them spent 2015 producing “Bird Dance” a debut album that features an intoxicating blend of rhythms and world instrumentation from both Flamenco and Persian traditions, combined with deep, soul-drenched vocals and lyrics that recount Farnaz’s life story in song.

The opening number, the title track, conveys the repression of women artists in Iran and features lyrics that build on the metaphor of the caged bird yearning to sing. From here, the album takes the listener through a story arc, a journey of spiritual conflict and resolution, unimaginable revelations of relocating to a foreign land, the hope needed to move forward, and the joy in building a new life while looking back with pride. Farnaz sings with defiance and passion as she declares her love for her cultural roots and her intentions to dignify it, in the only way she knows how: through music.

The featured artists include Musical Director/Composer and flamenco guitarist Liron Man (Isreal), renowned percussionist Davide Sampaolo (Italy), Flamenco bassist Josué Ronkio (Spain), Kamanche master Mark Eliyahu (Isreal), Santour player Sadaf Amini (Toronto), and Vancouverite stars Ali Razmi on tar, setar and backup vocals, and Hamin Honari on tombak and daf.
With the release of Bird Dance, Farnaz is realizing an artistic vision several decades in the making – a journey that has taken her from loneliness, isolation and spiritual questioning to joy, empowerment, authenticity and sisterhood. She is finally free to sing.

The story arc of the Album
The journey begins with “Bird Dance” when the bird of far away land is called to
sing but is not able to due to constrains put on her but she needs to sing anyway –
dedicated to all women of Iran who are not able to raise their voices in songs in

The journey continues with “Sharab” where the art becomes a vehicle to
discovering ones truth, to find joy in the moment, in the pleasure of song and not
worry about regrets of yesterday and anxieties of tomorrow. Once that truth has
been found it is worth treasuring.

In “Hesar” the singer is plagued by anxiety and depression from the start of her
journey, the feeling of being trapped by constrains of a new language, and new
culture and the confusion about the new identity. It speaks to the turmoil that all
new immigrants experience. But these constrains are not by choice. The words are
trapped inside and the wall surrounding the artist feels insurmountable and

In “star” the journey moves the artist slowly outside of herself, realizing that her
ego and her earthly troubles and constrains are insignificant in comparison to the
universe and divine love. She starts to look beyond herself for answers and for a
guide. The song is about the search for spritiual answers.

In “Haj” the artists embarks on the journey of self discovery – The first part
(Solea) of the song is about the search and the journey for finding the purpose of
self, of obsessive love and quest for ones truth. The second part (Solea por
Bulerias) is about finding that purpose and slowly coming to terms with its
consequences and beginning to embrace them. Then the final segment (Bulerias)
is understanding that once that truth is found and the cup of being is filled with it,
then nothing can break it and destroy it and it doesn’t even need as much
protection and care because it is not breakable. Once the truth is discovered and
finds its home in one’s heart it no longer is vulnerable.

In “Vatan”, once the artist has found her footing and a path that feels right, now
she can look back at where she has come from, her homeland that has made her
into who she is. Now that she has been blessed with the gift of music and her art
she now acknowledges the responsibility. She hopes to give voice to other Iranian
female singers, by singing about the journey she took and others can take too.

In “Persian dance”, the final leg of the journey, the artist calls to the dancer to get
up, let loose his/her hair and knock on every door; to call on others to join in the
joyful dance of life. The artist offers her instrument, her voice as the vehicle that
may carry the dancer in her journey.



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