Marzieh died in Paris on 13 October 2010, aged 86, from cancer. Buried next to her daughter, the Persian Diva rests at Auvers Sur Oise cemetary where Painter Vincent Van Gogh is also buried. Surrounded by an escort of MKO Members and leadership ( Maryam Rajavi and Massoud Rajavi) who saluted the procession, Marzieh was buried amidst and emotional outburst by fans and family alike.
VOA Report on the Funeral:
Her Last Concert and Farwell to the Public Stage took place at L’Olympia the most prestigious theater in Paris:
Ashraf o-Sadat Mortezaie, known professionally as Marzieh (1924 – 13 October 2010) was a Tehran-born singer of Persian traditional music.]
Marzieh started her career in the 1940s at Radio Tehran and cooperated with some of the greatest 20th century Persian songwriters and lyricists like Ali Tajvidi, Parviz Yahaghi, Homayoun Khorram, Moeini Kermanshahi and Bijan Taraghi. Marzieh, alongside of Persian traditional works, also cooperated with Farabi Orchestre, conducted by Morteza Hannaneh, one of the pioneers of Persian symphonic music in the 1960s and 1970s.
After the Islamic Revolution of 1979 she no longer appeared onstage and eventually would leave her homeland in the 1990s due to the political repression. She joined the Mujaheddin-e Khalq organisation (MKO).
Soon after she left Iran, she performed several concerts in Los Angeles, California and Royal Albert Hall (London) in 1993, 1994 and 1995. The Paris-based composer Mohammad Shams and the tar soloist Hamid-Reza Taherzadeh were the main musicians who worked with Marzieh in exile.
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