Fri, March 27th

Persian Arts Festival and Drom Present Night Of Melodic Wanderlust​ ​​

middle eastern world music TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 7:30PM
Advance Price $15 Standing / $25 guaranteed seating / $35 Guarantee seating with Pre-fixe Menu
Door Price $20 Standing / $30 guaranteed seating / $40 Guarantee seating with Pre-fixe Menu

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Persian Arts Festival and Drom Present
Night Of Melodic Wanderlust
"A spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion"  

Persian Arts Festival's 9th annual Nowrouz celebration headlined by acclaimed Iranicana Perso-Country band, Vatan, and featuring performances by mischievous and romantic singer-songwriter, Arian Saleh, and Persian folk master, Navid Kandelousi.  

Set Times:

7:30PM - 8PM - Arian Saleh
8:15PM - 9PM - Navid Kandelousi  
9:15PM - 10PM - Vatan 
DJ Payam will finish off the evening with a dance set featuring his electro-Middle Eastern grooves collection 

Vatan, or "homeland" in Persian, is a group of Middle Eastern-American musicians based in Brooklyn, NY. Blending the lines between Persian folk music and country, funk and rock, they revive classic tunes while building new ones.

While Vatan's band members, Mona Kayhan and Piruz Partow were raised and even born in the United States, they draw inspiration from their motherlands/home country. Through their music, Vatan honors their roots while celebrating the coming together of the cultures. The country underlinings honor America and what it has to offer those who come from anothercountry to start a new life while continuing to empower their heritage through music.
Piruz's Persian tar playing is known to seamlessly transition between brooding, Persian dhastaghs to country pickin'.  While Mona's folky, jazz vocals bring a fresh edge to Persian classic love songs such as "Baroun, Baroun" and "Niloufar", she returns "home" with originals like "Woke Up" with the tar continues to pull them towards to their Persian roots.

Piruz Partow is a Brooklyn based musician, composer and educator who has dedicated much of his life to learning, writing, teaching, listening and supporting music.  Primarily an electric and upright bassist, Piruz also plays a host of other studio instruments with his current interest in the Persian tar.  He is a great appreciator of Persian classical music and is inspired by its improvisational nature given his extensive background in jazz.

Mona Kayhan has been a vocalist for as long as she remembers.  Accolades include performing in a Broadway tour, multiple recording artist credits to singing with a number of bands in NYC.  In an effort to reconnect with her roots, Mona founded the non-profit organization, Persian Arts Festival, which highlights Persian arts and culture through music, visual art, film and more.  She continued her pursuit by taking Persian vocal lessons to marry her love of singing and her family's heritage.  She soon met Piruz, who was looking for a vocalist with whom to start a Persian country band.  The rest was history.

Vatan has played at various festivals and venues such as BAM Cafe, Le Poisson Rouge, the LIC Bar and the Hudson Terrace.

Navid Kandelousi studied western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Russia. Kandelousi has mastered virtuosic skills on a great breadth of instruments including the Violin, Setar, Taar and Kamanchah, in addition to experience with Tombak, Santour and Gheychak. Throughout his professional career, he has collaborated with numerous prestigious Persian ensembles such as Iranian National Orchestra, and has performed internationally across Europe, Asia and America in venues such as Lincoln center, Julliard music school, Albert Hall, Sydney’s Symphony hall and Vahdat hall. His teaching background include work at the Yamaha School of Music, Suzuki Violin School, and Master Classes in Kamanchah, Taar and Setar at the Julliard School. Navid is currently working with Maestro Danial Philips in Queens college of music.    
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Arian Saleh
Though Arian Saleh began playing all over Los Angeles in 2009, music has been a part of Arian Saleh's life from the beginning. The grandson of Monir Vakili, Iran's First Lady of Opera, and the son of acclaimed recording artist ZaZa, Saleh's unique sound is deeply rooted in a troubadour tradition and has a heavy emphasis on lyrics and melody, with nods to gypsy, tango, and electronic music. 

After releasing "The Light", a song for the Iranian Green Revolution in 2009, he met with the Wizardz of Oz and began work on what would become his fist recording: "The Cobblestone EP". This defining group of songs went on to gain great audience and critical response, sending him around the country playing shows. 

While on tour in New York, Saleh teamed up with virtuoso cellist Dave Eggar and luminary drummer Chuck Palmer and the three began playing and touring extensively as a trio. They, together with DJ/Producer Chuck Wild (Captain Planet) recorded and recently released Saleh's first full length album, Undone. The music video for the single "Underhill" premiered on The Huffington Post and the album itself has been described "like coming in and out of different worlds of music, guided by an incredible voice" and heralded as "one of the best out-of-left-field releases of 2013". Continuing the album's praise, "Open Your Mind Let Me Out" has been nominated for an Independent Music Award. 

Also working as a composer, TINTO, a short film he scored, was an official selection in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. 

Currently residing in Brooklyn, Saleh continues to play all over the country, writing honest, mischievous and romantic music that asks more questions than it answers.

**Dinner Special Details**

Click on the ticket link above and select the General Admission ticket PLUS $20 Dinner special to save 30% on your dinner (does not include TIP). Select your dinner option on the page during checking-out when you review your online order and BEFORE finishing the check process.**

Dinner options include:

Option 1: Mediterranean Plate, Salad and a Soda

Option 2: Hamburger, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 3: Marinated Grilled Chicken Cubes, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 4: Kale Salad, Humus and a Soda

*Note - Regular menu still available throughout the night*