It was five years ago on this day, where I had the pleasure of performing with an amazing group of people to a live audience in Toronto. The event was called “A Night with Persian Pop Music” commemorating three legendary singers and musicians, Farhad, Foroughi, and Ghanem. The show was different from many events of its time in that it contained audio-visual introductions to these people, their work, and their significance to Iranian music. Bahar did a great job at placing Farhad and Forooghi in the 40’s social and political landscape of Iran. We also had professional set design by Setareh. This was also a new idea because at the time, most people put a carpet and one or two vases to decorate the stage for just about any event.
The event was a success, and we raised about $1500 for a not-for-profit organization in Iran (Shora-ye Ketab-e Kookdak). I would like to wish HamAva people,wherever they are, whatever they do, all the best. I especially raise my hat, on this day, to the amazing band leader, Maziar Khatir, who brought us all together to do something so wonderful.