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I usually try not to give myself more work to do. It takes away from my important Simpsons-rerun watching time. But I was interviewing Rana Farhan for another writing assignment, and I listened to some clips from her web site. Next thing I knew, I was telling her to get to the post office and send in a CD for review. Immediately. You all need to hear this.

Seductive, exotic, and absolutely gorgeous, this Persian-born artists voice could melt a blizzard. Farhan croons her way through six jazz/blues classics, accompanied by guitarist Steven Toub, whose dreamy strumming evokes a 40s vibe and complements Farhan’s vocals perfectly. Ella Fitzgerald would own this CD. Billie Holiday would sing in harmony. Anyone with a hint of romance in their soul will love this CD, which, interestingly enough, was recorded in Farhan and Toubs NYC apartment. It sounds like it was recorded live in a blues cafe while rain streaked the windows outside. Youll hear the scattered applause and taste hot chocolate spiked with rum, maybe a shot of whiskey if you havent quite shaken off the cold from when you first came in. Youll see the cigarette smoke linger in the air. (Yes, I know youre not allowed to smoke in NYC clubs anymore. Just dream with me, people.)

Farhans voice is enveloping, and it will seduce you. This is no delicate flower. Despite the wistful, lovelorn lyrics of -Loverman, Farhan is not pining. Shes hungry and on the prowl. The title track is performed with full blues majesty, making it more than worthy to have its title placed on the CD cover. That strong, soulful voice will make your heart ache and your knees weak.

Go ahead ladies. Light some candles, put on this CD, and then pick up the phone and invite him over. Then turn the phone off for the rest of the night.

http://www.ranafarhan.com - Indiemusic.com


A game of word association tells us to follow "jazz" with New Orleans, prohibition, the 1920s, Fitzgerald, Holiday, and Gillespie. Now add Rana Farhan and Mowlana Jalaludin Rumi to the list. Farhan, an Iranian jazz singer, is performing at the Mannahatta Lounge in NYC this Tuesday, June 26, at 9 pm.
The combination makes perfect sense: Jazz is all about improvisation and Rumi's poetry is music, so why haven't we heard this before? Well, because Rana Farhan had not yet finished recording her new album, I Return (Baz Amadam).
The album is a flawless union of her soulful Persian voice and deep understanding of Persian Sufi poetry, partnered with guitarist Steve Toub's musical compositions. It was born out of the positive response her single, "Rumi's Prayer" received when it was included in a compilation of Iranian music called Made in Persia.
"I Return"also showcases more bluesy tracks and the work of another great poet - Hafez - and features Farhan's painting on the cover.
Farhan was born and raised in Iran and moved to NYC in 1989, where she pursued her interests in painting and music, discovering her style as she and Toub improvised. The result is a natural synthesis that's a pleasure to hear and must be eye-opening to experience live.
To explore why Farhan claims "Jazz is peace", hear her earlier album of jazz standards, and take a look at her paintings, visit Rana Farhan's website. - Pars Arts


"I have been listening to this CD non stop since I opened it. Very smooth and silky, yet powerful and innovative. I can't say enough good things about it!" - Babak Khiavchi, Bamahang Productions.com

- Bahmahang Productions


“I am very picky and I hardly ever choose more than one track from any CD to play on my show. But I love every song on Rana’s new album and can’t wait to play them all!” - Shahrokh Nikfar, The Persian Hour - KYRS Thin Air Radio

- KYRS Thin Air Radio


Discography

Rana Farhan - Your Wish 2009

Rana Farhan - I Return 2007

Rana Farhan - The Blues Are Brewin' 2006

Made In Persia - An international compilation distributed by Lolas World Records 2006

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First Single, New CD!

"My Work", the first single from Rana Farhan's new album "Your Wish", has just been released as a digital download for visitors to ranafarhan.com

Produced by Steven Toub, sessions for "Your Wish" were conducted at New York's Platora Studios.

Released on March 20th (in celebration of the Persian new year - No Rooz), the album will come in standard CD format and will also be available for digital download from iTunes, CDBaby, and others.

The album continues Rana's exploration of combining classic Persian poetry with modern jazz and blues.

Here's the full tracklisting:

I'm Drunk You're Mad

My Work

It Will Be

Ode To Life

Lovesong

Spring Morning

In The Heart Of Fire

Your Wish

Moonlight

Go to www.ranafarhan.com to learn more!