LINCOLN CENTER. NYC
6/23 THE NEW SCHOOL. NYC.
A song dedicated to water keepers past and present. Anahita is the Persian goddess of the waters and source of the rivers. In sculptures, she is often depicted with two lions by her side and eight rays of sunshine beaming out of her mind. I was reading a book about her, while writing a series of poems about the Hudson River, the river I grew up on, and this song emerged.
This track is based on an old Persian song, with additional composition by me and Dougie Bowne. 'Navayee' means song in Persian. The track was released on an EP called Morning, with my old spelling Haale.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. NYC.
An ode to pine pollen, and love letter to existence.
I'm currently translating poems by the Persian mystical poet Rumi. I'm focusing on ghazals from his book Divan-i-Shams, and working from the original text. It's an incredible and awe-inspiring process to dive into these poems, to recite his words in Persian, discuss the meanings with my mother and other Persian scholars, to carry the poems, eat them, let them work through me, medicinal and transformative as they are, and then transmit them into English. This is the first from the series.
American Dream on steroids