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Adrienne Shamszad at Freight & Salvage

  • Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

In collaboration with Freight & Salvage, Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents an exciting night of world music with Adrienne Shamszad and her band in August.

About the artist

Adrienne is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of folk, soul, blues and Eastern influenced improvisational vocals. Her lyrics are poetic, intimate and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Her strong and soulful voice, skillful and complex guitar playing and bold performance style have made her a popular California performer for well over a decade.

Since beginning formal training in Persian music in 2016, Adrienne's music has expanded to a genre of its own. She sings the blues, lullabies, love songs, revolutionary anthems and prayerful power ballads in English and in Farsi. She mixes her own lyrics with those of the essential Persian poets such as Hafez, Rumi and Saadi and brings the messages of her ancestors into the present moment. In 2018, Adrienne won the Living Cultures grant through the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) to deepen her study of Persian Classical singing with master teacher and vocalist Mahsa Vahdat. Through working with Mahsa, an internationally celebrated artist and mentor, Adrienne has developed a well-rounded vocal repertoire of original and traditional pieces.

Adrienne has performed with beloved and renowned artists such as Kitka, David Wilcox, SOVÓSO, Coleman Barks and Mahsa Vahdat. She has been in productions by groups such as The Berkeley Repertory Theater, Golden Thread Productions and Diaspora Arts Connection. She has supported dozens of other artists develop and hone their craft as a music and voice teacher for over 15 years.
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Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presented Adrienne Shamszad at "Let Her Sing: A Celebration of Female Vocalists" on October 28, 2017 at Marines' Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, performing Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat's, "Twinkling of Hope (Daram Omidi)," melody inspired by the Kurdish song "Dayeh Dayeh," on a poem by Mohammad Ibrahim Jafari.