Getting my Persian groove on tonight

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Tonight’s the night at Cafe Vivaldi with Rana Farhan! I’m looking forward to this show – I get to flaunt both my piano and saxophone talents with some cool bluesy music sung in Farsi.  If you asked me ten years ago what I’d be doing in NYC, I never would have guessed this! Life is full of surprises.  I’m also looking forward to going to Toronto in March with Rana & friends to do a performance for the Persian New Year.  Last year we had a nice hang in London, so it’ll be good to travel again with this band. 

Check out Rana’s website too to learn more about this unique artist: www.ranafarhan.com

Also, in a couple of weeks, the triumphant return of the Identity Crisis with a performance at The Shrine in Harlem.  February 26 – save the date!

Travis (in Persian)

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Rana Farhan

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to travel to London for a live TV show and show taping for BBC Persia.  I performed with Rana Farhan, an Iranian born singer who co-writes jazzy blues settings of Rumi and Hafiz poems with her boyfriend and guitarist Steve Taub.  Rana has developed an underground following in Iran, since it’s completely illegal in that country for a woman to be singing in public.  It’s an interesting approach to world music as well.  She sings in Farsi (which is an amazingly beautiful language) but the style of the music is completely Western. 

Our performance and the taping of the BBC documentary show coincided with Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and our live show was preceded by Barack Obama’s Nowruz greeting to the Persian community at large.  By the way, after watching this video really fresh into his presidency I can really notice that  past year has aged Obama (as it would anyone I suppose!). 

Here is the full 20 minute (in 2 segments) show about Rana.  Another interesting “15 minutes of fame” for the T-Man. 

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8DdBspksAE

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOQ7HeZI608

I’ll be performing a free concert with Rana Farhan next month, February 12 at 9:30pm at Cafe Vivaldi in NYC.  Come on out!