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HOPE: A Vocal Workshop with Mahsa Vahdat

  • Silk Road House 1944 University Avenue Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

The Kitka Institute is pleased to continue our series of workshops with Persian vocalist and master teacher, Mahsa Vahdat. Mahsa's next workshop will explore the theme of HOPE as expressed in historical and contemporary Iranian poetry and song.

"Hope makes life beautiful, gives us strength, and enables us to overcome many obstacles. Holding on to hope is a uniquely human ability, and hope can be the last thing an person lets go of on their life-journey. Life without hope is impossible. In this workshop, we will reflect on the rays of hope that can be found in the verses of old and new Iranian poets. We will give voice to these texts, and study how to transmit hope to one another through the art of singing." - Mahsa Vahdat

Mahsa Vahdat has performed and taught in concerts and festivals in Asia, Europe, the US, and Africa, and has collaborated with numerous musician from many continents.

Following her participation in the 2004 Lullabies from the Axis of Evil recording project, Mahsa started a long partnership with the Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV) which has led to worldwide release of a series of critically acclaimed albums. Since 2007, Mahsa has been an ambassador for the Freemuse Organization, an independent international organization that advocates for freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. In 2010, Mahsa Vahdat was granted the Freemuse Award.

Recently, Mahsa released an award-winning new solo a cappella album entitled "The Sun Will Rise." She performs regularly in a vocal duet with her sister, Marjan Vahdat. The Vahdat Sisters' CD "Twinklings of Hope" was the winner of the 2013 Independent Music Award. "Placeless" a new recording with Kronos Quartet was released in 2019 to great critical acclaim. Learn more about Mahsa at

Photo: Tamineh Monzavi