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 specialise in blending jazz with oriental folk, polyrhythm grooves, Afro-Cuban and European classical music elements. They have been performing internationally with their different bands and produced three CDs under the names of “Choub” and “Sehrang”. Their third and the latest CD “Derakht”, from Golnar & Mahan Trio, together with the Austrian power-house percussionist, Amir Wahba, is said to be “a true masterpiece” by the critics.
Golnar Shahyar s voice being »one of the most powerful sounds you can ever witness« combines tribal chanting with scat singing and Tahrir (a form of oriental yodelling). Mahan Mirarab with his double neck guitars, plays effortlessly between jazz and oriental scales and hypnotises with his groovy, fine and virtuous playing. Amir Wahba, with his unique percussion set, takes the groovy character of the trio to another dimension.
Together with their compositions and improvisations, these three virtuosos, create such powerful groovy and lyrical sound that one could claim they re-define the paradigms of world music and jazz. “...Singing like a bird, Golnar tweets gracefully on top of the noble masters, Mahan and Amir. Immensely enchanting, Golnar & Mahan’ s concert is a real symposium of art and philosophy accompanied with inspiring musical harmony between the band members.” - Danas Newspaper.”
“Their music transcends geographical and language barrier.” - All About Jazz
"A musical experience that takes you, in the most beautiful and gentle way, to another distant dimension." - Mica Austria
"When Golnar Shahyar sings, you can easily forget everything else around. The trio is an enrichment to the Austrian music scene." - Helmut Jasper (Ö1)
"With "Derakht" Golnar & Mahan deliver an album that really gets under the skin and while magically attracts with every sound, has an intense effect and simply does not let go until the end. Golnar Shahyar, Mahan Mirarab and Amir Wahba perform a true masterpiece on their debut album, one that will definitely not go unnoticed for its extraordinary beautiful and lyrical sound." - Mica Austria
Golnar Shahyar - Voice, Guitar, Piano
Mahan Mirarab - Guitar, Fretless Guitar
Amir Wahba - Percussion