LINCOLN CENTER. NYC
Persian mysticism and a deep love for the Earth in songs, poems, and translations.
9/20 DEEPAK HOMEBASE, NYC
Celebration for INt'l DAY OF PEACE
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.
From a project of mine called Haale (my old spelling) MORGUE SAHAR is a song featuring lyrics by the poet Bahar, a poet laureate of Iran of more than a century ago who was held as a political prisoner. In the song he says, "My nest has been ravaged and thrown to the wind. Tyranny of tyrants, cruelty of hunters! Oh God, Oh Cosmos, Oh Nature, make this dark night light. Oh Nightengale with bound wings, come out of the corner of this cage. Sing the song of freedom." BEFORE THE SKIES is a song that opens with a line by the Persian mystic and poet Hafiz. He is speaking of the fire in our hearts that never dies. What the magi of the temple love most about humanity, he says, is this fire of love within our hearts. Featuring Sean Lennon on bass and back up vocals, produced by Dougie Bowne.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART. NYC.
An ode to pine pollen and a love letter to existence.
I'm currently translating poems by the Persian 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, a liberating take on mortality.
The American Dream on steroids.