Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat
Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat reflect the current evolution of Persian song. They are of a new generation of musicians, university-educated and completely devoted to their artistic cause. They express the continuation of a tradition that faces problems of identity in today's Iran.
Persian music has the capacity to renew itself constantly, one of the phenomenon unique to the East. As well as having a history of pure transmission, it also has authenticity of emotion. As a result of its mystical heritage, it is able to retain a feeling of nobility and depth of being that could be called oriental, chivalrous and melancholic romanticism.
This heritage is wonderfully portrayed by Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat. The two sisters, with similar and different characteristic timber in their voices, proudly, graciously and with devoted passion take Persian poetry to new heights and new spaces. The way their voices soar and intertwine creates a unique landscape for the audience, reflecting the joy, sorrow, hope, longing and love of Iranian people in their songs. Without being visible in their own society, they enjoy continuous contact with a large audience who appreciate their art in the world.
The lyrics are mostly mystical with love poems from Great Mystic poems like Hafez ,Rumi, Attar and some contemporary poems like Mohammad Ebrahim Jafari, Houshang Ebtehaj (Sayeh ) and also some lyrics from oral literature of Iran.
Since 2003 they have had a successful and lasting collaboration with Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverskted (www.kkv.no ) which has led to the World wide release of a series of records with the Persian Ensemble. Their album “Twinklings of hope “, released in 2012 received wonderful reviews and attention in the world ,the album was among Songline Magazine’s editor’s choice selection of the 10 best new release (top of the world ) of August –September 2012 .Mahsa &Marjan Vahdat took top honours in the category of World Traditional with the album “Twinklings of hope “ in 12 th Annual Independent music awards in US in June 2013. Her latest solo album "The Sun Will Rise" is an intensely intimate work, as if Mahsa is singing to herself and was again recognised by Songlines in July 2016, being one of their Top of World releases.