Iranian musician  at Stonelea Barn

Rana Farhan

Rana Farhan

Iranian musician and singer Rana Farhan will perform in concert at the Stonelea Barn on May 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Rana Farhan has been performing her unique fusion of Persian poetry with American jazz and blues for audiences in New York and internationally since 2005.

While growing up in Iran, Farhan learned the poems of Rumi by heart, which was a cherished part of traditional culture in Iranian households.

Early on she also fell in love with the blues, initially Billie Holiday and then also such American blues artists as Odetta and Lead Belly.

After graduating from Tehran University, Farhan moved to America still carrying in her mind the concept of blending Persian poetry and raw American blues.

In 2005 her friend, guitarist Steven Toub, started playing blues riffs on a guitar that he and Farhan had rescued from a pile of trash and refurbished.

Farhan joined in singing the poem “Rumi’s Prayer” in Farsi, the beginning of a dream and career coming to life.

The concert is hosted by the Mariposa Museum as part of its current exhibition ,“Sacred Geography: Origins of Faith -- the Middle East.”

Admission to the event is $20 per person and $15 for Mariposa members $15.

Seating is limited.

RSVP to 924-4555 or admin@mariposamuseum.org.

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