The Nest Collective & Folk at the Foundling Presents Mahsa Vahdat (“The Sun Will Rise” Album Release) & Cath and Phil Tyler
We are delighted to partner with the magnificent Foundling Museum (Brunswick Square) for a special evening to launch the Folk at The Foundling concert series for 2016.
Cath and Phil Tyler will be joining Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat for an evening celebrating the release of her new album, “The Sun Will Rise”.
Mahsa Vahdat’s stunning voice has caught international attention. She has over the last 10 years released 7 albums, some together with the sister Marjan and some with other artists. Her latest solo album “Traces of an Old Vinyard” has recently been chosen as one of the Songlines Best Albums of 2015. This concert will be the release concert for her new album “The Sun Will Rise”. The album is all performed a cappella (by her solo voice only).
Today in Iran, women can practice various musical forms but they cannot sing in public for mixed audiences. They can participate in for-women-only concerts, some of which the Ministry of Culture organises annually. Women can also sing in the company of a male singer or as part of a choir.
Mahsa Vahdat refuses to perform for women only. Thus her concerts are held outside Iran.
Born in Tehran in 1973, Mahsa Vahdat entered the Art University in Tehran in 1993 and graduated from the Music Faculty with a BA in Music. She took part in the 2004 thought-provoking musical statement “Lullabies from the Axis of Evil.” Freemuse Award Winner 2010.
About “Traces of an Old Vineyard” Songlines wrote this in their review:
“The ease with which she bridges genres lifts the music to that rare category of fully convincing fusion: this album easily reaches the heights of Oriental fusion scaled by the likes of Dhafer Youssef.”
Cath and Phil Tyler
Anglo-American folk music that features guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle, reflecting their shared love of traditional narrative song, full-voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo. Having performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House and a dank tower in Newcastle’s old city walls, they have been described as one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene.
Praise for Cath and Phil Tyler:
“Absolutely great music, it’s raw and uncompromising but I think it gets right to the heart of the story” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
“Timelessly primitive and powerfully compelling, it gets through to you so much so that the entire disc demands immediate repeated play.” David Kidman, FRoots
This concert is in association with The Foundling Museum.
What to expect...
The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ