Monika Jalili

Massoud
by Massoud
23-Oct-2007
 

Monika Jalili was born in New York. Her father is Dutch and her mother is German. She has Jalili as her married last name as a result of marrying a gentleman by the name of Reza Jalili. She is a Columbia University graduate in French and as a vocalist. She has assembled a band of 4 members whom none are Persian. However she and her band called NoorSaaz have been performing folklore and traditional Persian songs to mostly non-Persian audiences. I believe their first performance was in Trinity Church in New York in 2005 that was recorded and played on their webcast. Their performance had 200K hit in two months that was just amazing given that it was their first performance and they were an unknown group. You can watch that performance via the following link;

http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/calendar/index.php?event_id=22352

This group is painting a positive picture for a region and a country that people via media does not hear a whole lot of good things about. Not only she sings these wonderful songs in Persian, she gives the history and provides translation.

If you like to know more about Monika and NoorSaaz, there is a good amount of information that you can access via Google search. She received an Award of Excellence for their work at the Persian Golden Lioness Awards(R) 2nd Annual in Budapest, Hungary.

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Majid

Dear MASSOUD

by Majid on

Thanks for the link.

In my opinion, one should have an eye and an ear and a heart for art of any kind and while appreciates and admires "ART", then he/she will choose his/her taste.

While I value Mrs. Jalili's talent, effort, love for what she does and performance, unfortunately I was not like........WOW !!!!

May be I have a bad or just different taste . 

Does that make me........whatever ?

PS. My congratulations also goes to Mr. Reza Jalili for his effort of attracting his lovely wife to persian folklore music, VIVA ! 


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Majid, go to youtube...

by kamiar (not verified) on

Majid, go to youtube...


Massoud

Monika Jalili

by Massoud on

Dear Menamena,

I have not seen or heard her talking about anything but the Persian songs she performs. I don't belive she has any aganda but to familiarize non Persian audiences with rich Persian music.  I also don't believe she has any affiliation with Trinity Church or any other church. If anyone has heard or knows otherwise please feel free to share. Thanks


Massoud

Monika Jalili

by Massoud on

Dear Majid, you can listen to her performance in Trinity Church via the following link: http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/calendar/index.php?event_id=22352

Please let me know what you think.

Massoud.


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I heard her concert and she

by Menamena (not verified) on

I heard her concert and she seems to have decent voice;
What is on her agenda.....Is she propogating Christianity? What is her affiliation with Trinity Church?


Majid

Help

by Majid on

Could anyone please tell me what her music sounds like?

I had some resentment about the KIOSK, and later I was surprized by their music .

Can I listen to her somewhere on the net? 


Internets

I am wowed !!!

by Internets on

Firstly, I know that wowed is probably not a real word, but so what?!.

 

I stumbled upon Monika Jalili a while ago, when I was trying to search for some neo-classical Persian music on YouTube. I listened to her rendition of Goleh-Sangam and I was very pleasantly surprised. The wow factor for me was the fact that Ms. Jalili is neither from an Iranian descent nor even Farsi speaking, as her first language.

 

She has renditioned quite a few Persian and Azari songs, so look her up. She is very, very good and extremely easy on the eyes too ;-)

 


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I give her A+

by sb (not verified) on

Massoud jan I cannot be a sponsor but I saw Monikan and her group in summer of 2006 (or 2005 - not sure) somewhere in Virginia for a free outdoor concert - oh boy......they were truly a pleasant surprise - she is VERY VERY VERY good. When I went to the concert I did not know anything about her but during the concert I was sure that she is "Iranian-American". I was even more impressed when I found out she is not. I know that I will pay $35 to see her again but I live in East Coast. Best Wishes in your efforts