“Innovative Fusion with Seductive Sounds”, as dubbed by the Smithsonian–a place where you can also purchase Iranian-American musician, Roya Bahrami‘s CDs–The Roya Ensemble presents: “Persia Meets Flamenco: A Message of Passion & Unity” at the first ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival.

If you’re a Persian traditional music fan (or a fan of good music) then trust us: You don’t want to miss Roya’s flawlessly-balanced compositions carried out via her vocals, and on Santur.

The band’s music is “multi-cultural” Bahrami tells us, and is “inspired by the timeless wisdom of Rumi, and the incredibly relevant humanitarian poetry of Sohrab Sepehri. Our artistic focus has been to build bridges between cultures and create a global voice.”

Fittingly, Bahrami wants to dedicate her performance at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Art Festival to “all the brave souls in Iran who are pursuing these global standards in realizing human rights in Iran.”

What  kind of crowd does the Iranian-American artist predict to see at the human rights awareness event?

“A good mix of all nationalities,” Bahrami adds. “Our music transcends cultural boundaries.

You can catch the Roya Ensemble at what’s sure to be another amazing live performance on Saturday April 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM at the Amnest International Human Rights Art Festival.

The festival will be held throughout downtown Silver Spring, Maryland April 23-25, 2010: Presenting over 400 artists and performers and more than 200 arts/advocacy events at 40 venues.

All events will be free and open to the public.

Click here for the complete schedule of performances, exhibits and participating artists and organizations.

Click here to connect with Roya on Facebook.

Watch Roya’s performance on January 19th, 2009, at a Concert for President Obama’s Inaugural celebrations at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art Meyer Auditorium.

 

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