|Galeet Dardashti and Divahn
Hometown: New York
Web site: http://www.divahn.com
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Iranian-descended singer, Galeet Dardashti (vocals, guitar, percussion) leads Divahn's edgy all-female power-house ensemble. She is the granddaughter of Yona Dardashti, the most renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran in his day, and daughter of Cantor Farid Dardashti. A Middle Eastern vocal innovator, Galeet is the first woman to continue her family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. Divahn has engendered an international following, performing in venues ranging from concert halls to the most prestigious clubs in NYC. Infusing traditional and original Middle Eastern Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies, entrancing improvisations, and funky arrangements. Through their music, the group creatively underscores common ground between diverse Middle Eastern cultures and religions.