Iran / Austria

line up
3 musicians on stage
w/ string quartet or guests

booking territory
DE, CH, FI, DK, NO, Baltics,
on request: AT, SE

March/April 2019
summer 2019, season 2019/2020

latest release
»Derakht« Lotus Records, Nov 2017

Golnar & Mahan

Multi-instrumental, multi-lingual and multi-cultural, Golnar & Mahan is the definition of a real cosmopolitan band.

Golnar Shahyar and Mahan Mirarab have been two inseparable musical partners since they first met in Vienna in 2011. Both, influenced by the Iranian culture, they specialize in blending jazz with oriental folk elements, odd meter polyrhythms, Afro-Cuban music, etc. They have created a new way of story-telling in which the lyrics, mostly in Farsi, and the compositions go hand in hand.

Golnar Shahyar's voice being »one of the most powerful sounds you can ever witness« combines tribal chanting with scat singing and Tahrir. Mahan Mirarab with his double neck guitars, hypnotizes with his groovy but fine playing. With their compositions and improvisations Golnar & Mahan create such a powerful and unique sound that one could claim they re-define the paradigms of world music and jazz. To push the boundaries even further, they got together with the Austrian power-house and versatile percussionist, Amir Wahba.

»Aus Wien schließlich kommt großartiger Kammerjazz mit persischem Einschlag, wenn Golnar Shahyar und Mahan Mirarab ihr Programm ›Derakht‹ präsentieren.«
(Albert Hosp)

»Wenn Golnar Shahyar ihre Stimme erhebt, dann kann man leicht alles andere vergessen. (...) – Alle drei sind eine große Bereicherung für das Wiener Musikleben!« (Helmut Jasper)

Musicians line up
Golnar Shahyar – vocals, guitar, piano, percussion
Mahan Mirarab – guitar, fretless guitar, oud, vocals
Amir Wahba – percussion

Collaborations with guest musicians and/or a string quartet are possible on request.


2018/09/21 AT-Wien Theater am Spittelberg
2018/10/18 AT-Salzburg Jazz & The City, 18 h
2018/10/19 AT-Salzburg Jazz & The City, 20 h
2018/10/20 AT-Salzburg Jazz & The City, 21 h
2018/10/21 AT-Salzburg Jazz & The City (duo)
2018/11/01 DE-Berlin Female Voices of Iran Festival