MAMAK KHADEM

Pop, Root, World Music

Iran - USA

Biography

MAMAK KHADEM was refered to as "...one of the wonders of world trance music", by The Los Angeles Times, captivating audiences blending ancient Persian poetry and music with a bold and revolutionary new sound.
 
By nature a nomad, thriving on open spaces. By occupation a bridge connecting geography to lore. Her music is open to cultural influences, on the solid base of classical Persian style. A former member of the sensational cross-cultural fusion ensemble AXIOM OF CHOICE, Mamak weaves a canopy, both simple and rich, for a stunningly emotional and spiritual musical experience that inspires new listeners to embrace cultural diversity. An awareness and appreciation of Persian arts and culture through a blending of old and new. "The Road" is Mamak's latest project, carrying on the journey she started with her acclaimed first solo album "Jostojoo".  Following her passion for new influences, Mamak crossed the borders of northern Iran to Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Morocco and Indonesia. Her quest of common threads and powerful traditional melodies remains the driving force behind her music, using elements from her Iranian heritage such as the poetry of Rumi to re-imagine a song from another culture, time and place.  The freedom of her musical expression is intoxicating.

Mamak has appeared throughout the Middle East, the US and Europe; performing at the Perth Concert Hall in Australia, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Folk Instruments and the Voices of Women Festival in Greece, Koln Philharmonic in Germany, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, House of Culture in Germany, California Plaza Grand Performances, the Skirball Cultural Center,  and  the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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