Farnaz Ohadi and Mashregh Ensemble
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 6:00 pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts
Farnaz Ohadi’s background in music making and singing is extensive. Her training started at the age of 5 when she first sat down behind the piano. Growing up in Iran, she organized and sang in school choirs and musical productions and could be heard everyday at noon calling the worshipers to prayer (a role which is still predominantly reserved for men unless performed in a female-only environment).
Upon her arrival in Canada, Ohadi underwent formal Operatic vocal training with the guidance of Frederik Robert. She has also studied Persian classical/traditional and folk singing under the supervision of masters Ostad Nezakaty and Tahere Falahati. Ohadi first began her flamenco training as a dancer in 1996 and continues to dance today at every opportunity.
Ohadi’s love of music and performing arts has connected her with world-class artists from Canada and internationally. The collaborative project “Mashregh Ensemble” which utilizes her many interests and skills was naturally the next step in her evolution as an artist. She was first drawn to combine Persian poetry and flamenco music in 2012 when she felt compelled to find her authentic voice – this journey has brought her to the turning point today of releasing her debut album: “Bird Dance”.