Iranian artist Rana Farhan sings in a cool bluesy style that transcends time and erases all borders, wowing listeners worldwide. With each new release Rana redefines a genre that seems to be hers alone.
Born in Iran, Rana grew up listening to any albums she could get her hands on, fostering a love for American blues artists like Odetta and Leadbelly; while rockin’ to Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
Rana left Iran after graduating from Tehran University and she soon found herself in New York City, exploring her talents in lacquer paintings and soaking in the sounds and music of Manhattan, including the rich cultural district of Harlem where she discovered her love of jazz.
It was in New York that Rana first teamed with guitarist/ producer Steven Toub for her first full-length CD “The Blues Are Brewin”, a collection of American jazz and blues standards. Toub a veteran of New York’s rock and blues scene has recorded at such legendary studio’s as Electric Ladyland and The Power Station as well as performing in opening slots for Squeeze, Robin Trower and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Rana’s virtual popularlity in Iran is what led Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi to feature her in his award winning film, “No One Knows About Persian Cats.” Ghobadi says Rana is an important figure in the Iranian music scene today. “Like a needle and thread, Rana stitches East and West together through her music.”
Rana and Steven will be performing select songs alongside graduate Jazz students from the University of Michigan.
Purchase tickets prior to the event:
*U-M Student: $10, Non-student: $15. | *VIP Seating: U-M Student: $25, Non-student: $30
Visit the Michigan Union Ticket Office or click on the following link to purchase tickets for this event: http://muto.umich.edu/event/rana-farhan-fusion-jazz.
Sponsored by: Central Student Government, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, LSA Student Government, Rackham Student Government, and Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)