The Crossroads Project

The Crossroads Project

 Vienna, Vienna, AUT

This project brings together musical traditions which at first glance seem vastly different in a startling organic way. The goal of this fusion is to combine jazz with traditional Central Asian, Indian and Persian music in such a way as to create a new identifiable sound all its own, a true blend of old and new, full of enchanting melodies, delicious harmonies, and foot-tapping rhythms. It shall be an example what women can accomplish when they brake the chains of traditions.


Zohreh Jooya – Vocals. Zohreh grew up in Iran, close to Afghanistan in a mixed Afghan-Persian family. She studied at the University of Arts in Vienna and received a MA degree in classical singing from the Vienna Conservatory. Both Oriental and European cultures have influenced her career. She toured in headlining roles in various opera productions throughout Europe and appeared in numerous TV shows. She interprets the traditional music of Afghanistan and Iran a new. Her albums "Songs from Afghanistan", "Persian Nights", “Journey to Persia” and "Music of the Persian Mystics" are published by ARC. Her “Ensemble Afghan” was selected to showcase the traditional music of Afghanistan at the WOMEX 2010 and overall she has been invited to more than 300 festivals all over the world. For more details visit

Jyotsna Srikanth – Violin. Jyotsna Srikanth is the most sought after South Indian Carnatic violinist and composer in Europe. As a performer and composer she explores the crossover between Indian music and a variety of world music & classical influences. Her playing is a wonderful blend of musical expression and emotion which is a result of three ‘decades of experimentation’. She has played at major music events and venues such as WOMAD, Red Violin Festival, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, Wales Millennium Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Music Academy – Chennai. She has also performed in nearly 20​Bollywood films. Jyotsna is also experimenting with European classical orchestras by blending Indian classical music with a classical European style. For more details visit

 Julia Siedl – Piano, composer, born in Vienna. She studied jazz piano at the Vienna Conservatory and earned a scholarship for film music at the “Central Saint Martin’s College” in London, which she finished with a MA degree. Since 2004 Julia Siedl has worked successfully as a freelancing pianist and composer in the Austrian jazz and world music scene. Julia Siedl is a pioneer for female pianists in the Austrian jazz scene and thus a good example for aspiring young females. Her success as aside woman can be measured by the number of top musicians in Austria she has collaborated with. More at

 Viola Falb – Saxophone, composer. She finished her Master studies with distinction at the University of Music in Vienna. She then studied at the University in Berlin and the Bruckner University. In New York she studied with Greg Osby, Steve Lehman, Ellery Eskelin, Hal Crook, et alt. Viola was winner of the Austrian “Jazzzeit Audience” and “The Sound of Music” awards. She was the winner of the prestigious “HANS KOLLER JAZZ NEWCOMER” Award. She formed the jazz formation FALB FICTION and performs with several groups, such as  the saxophone quartet “PHOEN”  and the duo “Kitsch & Glory” Her newest project “TRIPLING” is dedicated to free, improvised music. She composes in different styles from contemporary classical music to pop and jazz.

Maria Petrova – Percussion. Born in Bulgaria, at age of 14 she was a student at Prof. Iavan Enev. After moving to Vienna she graduated Summa cum Laudae at the Gustav Mahler Conservatory and continued at the University of Music. She is a very versatile artist and member of several music ensembles, such as  “Wiener Tschuschenkapelle”, Madame Baheux‘s „Haydi”- concert and theater production for the Jeunesse’s children program, the “Katrin Weber Trio”, “Rondo Vienna”, “Ensemble Roya” etc. She has collaborated with many renowned actors, musicians and singers such as Erwin Kienast, Hans Salomon, Marianne Mendt, Christian Brandauer, Martin Kellner and The Young Tenors.  One can hear Maria on several recordings of the “Wiener Tschuschenkapelle”, “Balkanblues“ und “Live in Metropol 2014“, “The Night of the German Star-Tenors”




The group had the first concerts in summer 2012 in Vienna and Prague. So far there is no CD available.
All the recordings of group members present the traditional music. The songs on the albums "Songs from Afghanistan", "Persian Nights" and "Music of the Persian Mystics" published by ARC are typical examples of Zohreh Jooya's style. Her albums "Safar be Persia", "Tshohar e Eshgh" and "Taranehye Afghanestan" were released by Taraneh International for Afghans and Persians living outside their homeland. Larry Porter's "Silk Road Blues" shows him as a robab player and arranger

Set List

Zim, zim
Mikham beram Koh
Gol e Maryam
Allah Hoo
Dar Zamong Zeba Vatan
Leyly jan
Kieh, kieh be Dar Mizane