NAVAZ

NAVAZ

BandWorldJazz

A fusion of jazz, blues and Persian music. Sensuous Persian vocals with deeply spiritual lyrics, high energy rhythms and improvisations. The music will make you want to dance or take you on an exotic journey to far away place.

Biography

Guitarist Eric Tompkins and Persian singer Neda are on a creative journey that draws from their richly diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. Originally from Iran, Neda lived for many years in Washington DC and London, England where she performed Persian standards and traditional music. She frequently shared the stage with well known Iranian performers such as Hayedeh, Aslani, Moein and Leyla. Neda met Eric in 2006 and began a musical collaboration which would eventually take her to Canada. Eric's experience playing jazz and Latin music and his interest in world music perfectly compliments Neda's enchanting voice. Within a short time Navaz was formed (the name translated from Farsi as caressing or playing music). Since 2007 they have toured BC and have been performing at festivals. Last year they recorded a live performance at CBC's Studio One in Vancouver BC (featured on Canada Live). Much of the music of Navaz is rooted in the Sufi poetry of Hafez and Rumi, while some of it has a more contemporary Persian sound fused with Spanish and Brazilian rhythms. Although Neda's background is Persian, she sings in Spanish, Italian, French and English. At a concert you can expect to hear echos of Edith Piaf, Googoosh, and a touch of Patsy Cline. The music will make you want to dance or take you on an exotic journey to far away places. . .

Lyrics

WATER SONG ( Avaze Aab)

Written By: ERIC TOMPKINS

Miayam Miayam
Miayam Miayam
Miayam be soye tou
Be astane por az esgh
Be dargahe por az nour (2)
Be joybarey ke jarist
Az mano tou arist
Be abrha befekhr ha
Be yaad ha be esgh ha
Be niyazy ke baghist

Translation:
I am coming to you
To the gate of love
Through the doorway of light
I am coming to the endless stream
Where there is no you or me
To the thoughts, memories and love
I am coming to you

Discography

Our first CD: 'Navaz: East of West.' Single tracks are available @ CD BABY

Second CD: Onsu - The Other Side
available @ CD Baby
Eric's previous CD is titled 'Fellini's Hat Band'

Set List

We perform in a wide range of styles, from jazz and Latin standards to country and blues. However, Persian music (both traditional and contemporary) is the primary focus of what we do. Below is a sample of tunes.

WATER SONG - AVAZ E AAB (ORIGINAL/ PERSIAN)
JANAN (RUMI)
TALAAB (RUMI)
GOFTAM - SUFI (PERSIAN)
JAMEH JAM - SUFI (HAFEZ)
RAVEN'S CALL (ORIGINAL)
HAVA NAGHILA (JEWISH TRAD., WITH FARSI LYRICS)
CRAZY (PATSY CLINE)
WALKIN' AFTER MIDNIGHT (PATSY CLINE)
HARAMT AHEBAK (ARABIC)
BELLA CIAO (ITALIAN TRADITIONAL)
GRACIAS A LA VIDA (SPANISH)
GOLE BI GOLDOON (PERSIAN, GOOGOOSH)
DEL ASIRE (PERSIAN, ASLANI)
BAROON BAROONE (PERSIAN)
BOYER AHMEDI (PERSIAN)
AUTUMN LEAVES (IN FRENCH)