An Evening of Persian Folk and Popular Music


An Evening of Persian Folk and Popular Music in Celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year

WHAT:   Monika Jalili – Twentieth Century Persian Folk and Popular Music

Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, with singer Monika Jalili and her ensemble.  Also featured at this event will be a conversation with Crossing Borders exhibiting artist Nazanin Hedayat Munroe.

A twentieth-century Persian folk and popular music performance by Monika Jalili brings to life the rich history of Iranian culture through music and poetry. Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, the musicians of her ensemble combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music.

For the past 9 years Monika Jalili has been performing Persian songs all over the world; songs that come from the hearts of truly dedicated and talented composers and poets whose careers were suddenly cut short in 1979, at the time of the Iranian Revolution. These are songs from the 1940s-1970s, songs of love and hope.  While music from this period is a small slice of the vast genre of Persian music, it represents an era of great musical upheaval in Iran.  These songs, sung by Monika with her angelic voice and colored with her soulful interpretations, make for superb performances.

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 8-10:30pm

WHERE: ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

TICKETS: $20 General / $15 ArtsWestchester Members and Students with ID

Sponsor Message: This program is made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

For more information, please contact Tom van Buren at 914-428-4220 x329 or